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Weeks on List: 14

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'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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Weeks on List: 6

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Paperback, 326 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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Oskar Schell, the 9-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.

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Weeks on List: 44

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Paperback, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published June 28 2011 | purchase

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Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Miss., three women — an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend (also a maid) and a recently graduated white woman — team up for a clandestine project.

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Weeks on List: 5

The House at Tyneford

by Natasha Solomons

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

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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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Weeks on List: 17

Swamplandia!

by Karen Russell

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

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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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Weeks on List: 46

A Visit From The Goon Squad

by Jennifer Egan

Paperback, 340 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published March 22 2011 | purchase

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Working side by side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970s San Francisco to the postwar future.

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Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

by Abraham Verghese

Paperback, 667 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 26 2010 | purchase

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Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

by John le Carre

Paperback, 381 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published October 5 2011 | purchase

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In John le Carre's Cold War-era novel, an honorable spy chief named George Smiley has been ousted after a shakeup in British intelligence — known as The Circus. But once it becomes clear that there's a double agent operating high up in The Circus, Smiley is brought back to catch him.

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Weeks on List: 6

A Discovery of Witches

by Deborah Harkness

Paperback, 579 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published December 27 2011 | purchase

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Discovering a magical manuscript in Oxford's library, scholar Diana Bishop — a descendant of witches who has rejected her heritage — inadvertently unleashes a fantastical underworld of demons, witches and vampires whose activities center on an enchanted treasure.

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Weeks on List: 55

The Girl Who Played With Fire

by Stieg Larsson

Paperback, 630 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 23 2010 | purchase

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Two reporters responsible for a sex-trafficking expose are murdered, and the fingerprints on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander, prompting the magazine's publisher, Mikael Blomkvist, to launch his own investigation to vindicate Salander. Translated by Reg Keeland.

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The Art Of Racing In The Rain

by Garth Stein

Paperback, 321 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published June 1 2009 | purchase

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Faithful canine Enzo, on the eve of his death, takes stock of his life while recalling the sacrifices, unexpected losses and personal struggles of his would-be race car driver human, Denny, in the latter's efforts to retain custody of his daughter.

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

by Helen Simonson

Paperback, 368 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 30 2010 | purchase

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Forced to confront the realities of life in the 21st century when he falls in love with Pakistani widow Mrs. Ali, Major Pettigrew finds the relationship challenged by local prejudices that view Mrs. Ali, a Cambridge native, as a perpetual foreigner.

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Weeks on List: 12

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

Paperback, 10 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 8 2011 | purchase

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Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle, convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional clan, hires journalist Mikael Blomkvist, assisted by the unconventional young hacker Lisbeth Salander, to investigate. Translated by Reg Keeland.

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Weeks on List: 39

Room

by Emma Donoghue

Paperback, 352 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published May 5 2011 | purchase

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A 5-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years — since she was a teenager.

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Sarah's Key

by Tatiana De Rosnay

Paperback, 316 pages, St Martins Pr, $13.99, published July 5 2011 | purchase

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On the anniversary of the roundup of Jews by the French police in Paris, Julia is asked to write an article on this dark episode and embarks on an investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah.

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