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Weeks on List: 17

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

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

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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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Weeks on List: 30

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Paperback, 304 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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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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Weeks on List: 5

The Valley Of Amazement

by Amy Tan

Paperback, 589 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published July 15 2014 | purchase

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The Valley Of Amazement
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Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese, half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world. Her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.

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Weeks on List: 8

The Signature Of All Things

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Paperback, 501 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published June 24 2014 | purchase

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Elizabeth Gilbert traces the multigenerational saga of the Whittaker family, whose daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution while falling in love with an artist.

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Weeks on List: 11

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

by Neil Gaiman

Paperback, 14 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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Neil Gaiman

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When otherworldly beings are set loose on the world, they threaten the life of a little boy. But the extraordinary Hempstock women — Lettie, her mother and her grandmother — summon all of their courage and cleverness to keep him alive. Soon they discover that his survival comes with a high and deadly price.

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Weeks on List: 11

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Paperback, 295 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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The Rosie Project
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Graeme Simsion

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A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife. He instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

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Weeks on List: 23

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paperback, 588 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase

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Americanah
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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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 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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Weeks on List: 11

The Silver Star

by Jeannette Walls

Paperback, 269 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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Jeannette Walls

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Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of 12, Bean and her older sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle. There they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience.

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Weeks on List: 11

And The Mountains Echoed

by Khaled Hosseini

Paperback, 431 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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And The Mountains Echoed
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Khaled Hosseini

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The author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another and how choices resonate through subsequent generations.

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Weeks on List: 9

The Lowland

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Paperback, 415 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published June 17 2014 | purchase

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Subhash and Udayan are brothers, and to say that they're close doesn't begin to describe their relationship. But their lives follow very different paths as Udayan marries young and becomes a radical in India's Communist Naxalite movement, while Subhash leaves his home country for school in Rhode Island.

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Me Before You

by Jojo Moyes

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

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Louisa's ordinary life changes when she takes a job working for the wheelchair-bound Will, who is no longer able to live a life of extreme sports and worldwide travel. Will is 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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We Are Water

by Wally Lamb

Paperback, 16 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published August 12 2014 | purchase

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After 27 years of marriage, Anna Oh — a middle-aged wife, mother and artist — divorces her husband to marry Vivica, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.

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The Good Lord Bird

by James McBride

Paperback, 458 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published August 5 2014 | purchase

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Henry is a young slave living in the mid-19th-century Kansas Territory whose life takes a major turn when he meets the legendary abolitionist John Brown — who mistakes Henry for a girl. Henry continues to hide his true identity for his own safety as he travels with Brown's militia, through the historic 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry.

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Weeks on List: 3

How the Light Gets in

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

Paperback, 405 pages, St Martins Pr, $15.99, published July 29 2014 | purchase

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache quietly investigates the disappearance of a woman who was once one of most famous people in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except a mad, brilliant poet.

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The Cuckoo's Calling

by Robert Galbraith

Paperback, 456 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published April 29 2014 | purchase

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The Cuckoo's Calling
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Robert Galbraith

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Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel's suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multimillionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers and hedonist pursuits. Author Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling.

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