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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Paperback, 180 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15, published April 23 2013 | purchase

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of excess and disaffection in the roaring 1920s follows narrator Nick Carraway through the world of West Egg, N.Y., where the mysterious Jay Gatsby throws extravagant parties.

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Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

Paperback, 16 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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On a rocky patch of Italian coastline circa 1962, a daydreaming young innkeeper has an almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet. She draws him into her glittering world, from the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, and both begin to cling to an improbable dream.

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

Paperback, 330 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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Bee Fox is a nice kid, a good musician and a great student. But her mother, Bernadette, is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect. Then Bernadette goes missing, and Bee begins a search that will take her to the ends of the earth.

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The Orphan Master's Son

A Novel

by Adam Johnson

Paperback, 456 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 7 2012 | purchase

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Pak Jun Do, the son of an influential man who runs an orphan work camp, rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.

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The Light Between Oceans

by M.L. Stedman

Paperback, 345 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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After Tom moves his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia's Janus Rock, the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth. Tom allows his wife to claim an infant who has washed up on the shore, only to witness a rift in their marriage that is further complicated by a search by the baby's desperate mother.

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The Paris Wife

by Paula McLain

Paperback, 331 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 27 2012 | purchase

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The Paris Wife follows the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, as she navigates 1920s Paris.

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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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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 Orchardist

by Amanda Coplin

Paperback, 426 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase

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When two skittish pregnant girls appear on his homestead, solitary orchardist Talmadge — who carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century — vows to save and protect them. The Orchardist evokes a powerful sense of place in the American West, mixing tenderness and violence as Talmadge tries to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past and faces the dramatic consequences of his actions.

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

Paperback, 343 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 26 2013 | purchase

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For recently retired Harold Fry, little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives from a woman he hasn't heard from in 20 years: Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. With no warning or planning, Harold heads to Queenie's bedside, walking all the way from the very southernmost part of England to the very northernmost part.

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Istanbul Passage

by Joseph Kanon

Paperback, 404 pages, Pocket Books, $16, published April 16 2013 | purchase

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The big war is over, and the Cold War has just begun. Leon Bauer, an American tobacco man, and his wife, Anna, a German Jew, made it to Istanbul just before World War II began. His U.S. passport and fluency in German and Turkish made him useful to Allied intelligence. But before he assumes a more peaceful life, Bauer is given a last big job — slip Alexi, a Romanian defector with important Soviet secrets, out of Istanbul. Alexi's secrets might help old allies — but the defector once helped massacre Jews in Romania. Bauer is being asked to help a man in this new war who represents what he fought in the last one.

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Phantom

by Jo Nesbo

Paperback, 469 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published April 23 2013 | purchase

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Determined to prove the innocence of a young man he helped raise, disgraced former cop Harry Hole embarks on an increasingly dangerous investigation linked to Oslo's most virulent street drug. Translated by Don Bartlett.

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The Black Box

by Michael Connelly

Paperback, 424 pages, Grand Central Pub, $14.99, published April 16 2013 | purchase

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When a bullet from a recent killing is found to match one used in the unsolved 1992 murder of a photographer, Harry Bosch is on the case.

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The Sandcastle Girls

by Chris Bohjalian

Paperback, 299 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 16 2013 | purchase

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A young woman falls in love with an Armenian soldier while aiding victims of the genocide in the early 20th century. Years later, her American granddaughter discovers a terrible family secret while researching her Armenian heritage.

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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense Of An Ending

by Julian Barnes

Paperback, 163 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published May 29 2012 | purchase

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Tony Webster is a retired divorced man in his mid-60s who, after receiving notice of an unexpected bequest, is pulled back into a "powerful recollection of strong emotions" from his past. This leads to a reassessment of the accuracy of his memories, a rueful realization of how much he'd gotten wrong, and a harsh re-evaluation of his passive approach to life.

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The Yard

by Alex Grecian

Paperback, 422 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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The Yard
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Suffering public contempt after the Metropolitan Police's failure to capture Jack the Ripper, Walter Day, a member of Victorian London's recently formed Murder Squad, partners with Scotland Yard's first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues.