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fifty shades of grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

by E.L. James

Paperback, 528 pages, Vintage, $15.95, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • E.L. James

Growing out of a piece of fan fiction that recast Twilight's Bella and Edward in sexier scenarios, Fifty Shades of Grey tells the steamy affair of a student journalist and an intriguing young entrepreneur.

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Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker

by E.L. James

Paperback, 532 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 17 2012 | purchase
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  • E.L. James

After a brief breakup, Anastasia and Christian change their arrangement, and both wrestle with their inner demons as Anastasia tries to make an important decision.

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Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed

by E.L. James

Paperback, 578 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 17 2012 | purchase
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  • E.L. James

Even though Christian and Anastasia are now a proper couple, they still have many obstacles to overcome, including Christian's past coming back to haunt Anastasia.

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The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding

by Chad Harbach

Paperback, 544 pages, Back Bay Books, $14.99, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Chad Harbach

A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a gay teammate and the president's daughter.

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Caleb's Crossing

Caleb's Crossing

by Geraldine Brooks

Paperback, 318 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Geraldine Brooks

Forging a deep friendship with a Wampanoag chieftain's son on the Great Harbor settlement where her minister father is working to convert the tribe, Bethia follows her friend through his Ivy League education and his efforts to bridge cultures among the colonial elite.

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The Tiger's Wife

The Tiger's Wife

by Tea Obreht

Paperback, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Tea Obreht

Tea Obreht's debut novel takes place in an unnamed Balkan country similar to the former Yugoslavia. Natalia, a young medical student, is on her way to an orphanage in enemy territory when she learns that her beloved grandfather has died. As his confidante, Natalia was not only aware of his cancer; she was also privy to his many incredible adventures, the two most fantastic being his stories of the Deathless Man and the Tiger's Wife.

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The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

A Novel

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Paperback, 334 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Victoria, the orphaned heroine of Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel, is privy to a secret language of flowers that dates to Victorian England.

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The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic

by Julie Otsuka

Paperback, 129 pages, Random House Inc, $13.95, published March 20 2012 | purchase
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Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides, whose new lives in early 20th century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.

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Swamplandia!

Swamplandia!

by Karen Russell

Paperback, 400 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published July 26 2011 | purchase
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  • Karen Russell

The Bigtree children struggle to protect their Florida Everglades alligator-wrestling theme park from a sophisticated competitor after losing their parents.

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The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters

by Eleanor Brown

Paperback, 320 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Eleanor Brown

Unwillingly brought together to care for their ailing mother, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters discover that everything they have been avoiding may prove more worthwhile than expected.

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The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers

by Alice Hoffman

Paperback, 505 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Alice Hoffman

Inspired by the tragic first century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people on the Masada mountain in the Judean desert, The Dovekeepers presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keeps doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.

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The House at Tyneford

The House at Tyneford

by Natasha Solomons

Paperback, 359 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published December 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Natasha Solomons

To escape 1938 Vienna, Elise Landau, a Jew, accepts employment as a domestic servant at Tyneford, a family estate in England, where her involvement with the son of the master of the house changes her life in unexpected ways.

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The Snowman

The Snowman

by Jo Nesbo

Paperback, 499 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published April 17 2012 | purchase
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  • Jo Nesbo

The award-winning Norwegian author of The Devil's Star finds the irascible Harry Hole investigating the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found on a mysteriously built snowman, a case that is complicated by subsequent abductions and a menacing letter. Translated by Don Bartlett.

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The Family Fang

The Family Fang

A Novel

by Kevin Wilson

Paperback, 314 pages, HarperCollins, $13.99, published April 17 2012 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Kevin Wilson

When their parents, performance artists who have dedicated themselves to making great art by sacrificing normality, plan one last performance, siblings Annie and Buster, returning home after their individual worlds collapse, are faced with a difficult decision.

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The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

by Patrick deWitt

Paperback, 288 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published February 14 2012 | purchase
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  • Patrick deWitt

Set against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush, this darkly comic novel follows the misadventures of the fabled Sisters brothers, two hired guns who, under the order of the mysterious Commodore, try to kill Hermann Kermit Warm, a man who gives them a run for their money.

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