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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Paperback, 422 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • Gillian Flynn

After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.

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Orphan Train

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Paperback, 304 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Christina Baker Kline

Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home. Molly discovers that she and Vivian are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

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The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

Paperback, 332 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Strout

Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, two brothers confront painful issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their lives.

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Americanah

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paperback, 588 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love as students in Nigeria, when the country is under military rule and those with the means to leave the country do. Ifemelu goes to America to study, and she prospers there. But Obinze can't get into to America and winds up living in London under assumed names. When they're reunited in their homeland 15 years later, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.

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Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

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

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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The Interestings

The Interestings

by Meg Wolitzer

Paperback, 538 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings follows six artistic friends who meet as teenagers one pivotal summer at a camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods. Over the next 40 years, they grow up to find some of their talents developing into grand success, while others don't.

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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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  • Maria Semple

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 Circle

The Circle

by Dave Eggers

Paperback, 497 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • Dave Eggers

Mae Holland begins to question her luck after she's hired to work for the world's most powerful Internet company. As life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken and her role at the company becomes increasingly public.

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho and Alan R. Clarke

Paperback, 178 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Paulo Coelho and Alan R. Clarke

An Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure leaves his home in Spain and journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with an alchemist.

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Me Before You

Me Before You

by Jojo Moyes

Paperback, 8 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Jojo Moyes

Louisa's ordinary life changes when she takes a job working for Will, who is wheelchair-bound and no longer able to live a life of extreme sports and worldwide travel. Will is pretty sure he cannot go on the way he is, but Louisa sets out to show him that life is still worth living. Soon, his happiness means more to her than she expected.

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki

Paperback, 422 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Ruth Ozeki

On the shores of British Columbia, a novelist discovers the diary of a 16-year-old girl named Nao. Nao spent her formative years in California, but her family has returned to Japan, and when the book begins, she's living in Tokyo. Nao tells readers right up front that her diary will be a log of her last few days on Earth: She plans to take her own life, and as the story goes on, readers learn why.

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Life After Life

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Paperback, 544 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Kate Atkinson

The award-winning author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum follows the experiences of a woman who, after being born on a snowy night in 1910, repeatedly dies and reincarnates into the same life to correct missteps and, ultimately, save the world.

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The Light in the Ruins

The Light in the Ruins

by Christopher A. Bohjalian

Paperback, 309 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • Christopher A. Bohjalian

Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their Florence villa, the Rosatis become prisoners in their home when 18-year-old Cristina's courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate.

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Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day

by Elin Hilderbrand

Paperback, 404 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Elin Hilderbrand

Gathering on Nantucket for a wedding planned to the letter by the bride's late mother, the Carmichaels and the Grahams hide their scandal-ridden, crumbling lives from the blissfully unaware, happy couple.

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Burial Rites

Burial Rites

by Hannah Kent

Paperback, 322 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Hannah Kent

In 1829 Iceland, Agnes, who has been charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

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