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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris, 1932

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris, 1932

by Francine Prose

Hardcover, 436 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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At the Chameleon club in Paris, Lou Villars, a star athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among its patrons, and as time passes, she experiences a transformation, sparked by tragic events, that warps her earnest desire for love and approval into something dangerous.

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The Ballad of a Small Player

The Ballad of a Small Player

by Lawrence Osborne

Hardcover, 257 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Lawrence Osborne

While escaping prosecution in Macau, a corrupt English lawyer falls into depression before meeting an enigmatic Chinese woman and confronting his past misdeeds.

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Ancient Light

Ancient Light

by John Banville

Paperback, 287 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • John Banville

An actor in the twilight of his career reflects on a poignant first love affair at the age of fifteen with his best friend's mother. Along the way, the young man inexplicably lands a role opposite a famous but fragile actress who helps him come to an astonishing realization.

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Closely Watched Trains

Closely Watched Trains

by Bohumil Hrabal and Edith Pargeter

Paperback, 85 pages, Northwestern Univ Pr, $17, published March 9 1995 | purchase
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  • Bohumil Hrabal and Edith Pargeter

Translated from Bohumil Hrabal's native Czech, the novel follows a young man during the period in which Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia. Milos Hrma recovers from attempted suicide as a clerk trainee for the railroad, dealing with the dark comedy of bureaucracy as he comes of age against the backdrop of World War II.

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So Long, See You Tomorrow

So Long, See You Tomorrow

by William Maxwell

Paperback, 135 pages, Random House Inc, $13, published April 1 1996 | purchase
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  • William Maxwell

Haunted by a memory of human failure, an aging man recalls his friendship, as a boy, with a tenant farmer's son and forces himself and others to recall the causes of a bloody murder and its consequences. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Hardcover, 771 pages, Little Brown & Co, $30, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Donna Tartt

Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.NPR Bestseller

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The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd

Hardcover, 373 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self. NPR Bestseller

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In Paradise

In Paradise

by Peter Matthiessen

Hardcover, 246 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Peter Matthiessen

Joining a diverse group of visitors at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, Polish-American academic Clements Olin performs research while witnessing personal and political tensions erupting among his fellow participants. NPR Bestseller

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Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't

Stories

by Lydia Davis

Hardcover, 192 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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The fifth collection by Lydia Davis,Can't and Won't includes pithy one-liners, exploratory observations and letters of complaint, including "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," in which a professor is stymied by her choices.NPR Bestseller

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Bark

Bark

Stories

by Lorrie Moore

Hardcover, 192 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Lorrie Moore

Eight short stories by the author of A Gate at the Stairs includes "Debarking," in which a recently divorced man struggles to hold himself together as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and "Foes," in which a political argument at a Georgetown fundraiser goes awry against a backdrop of the Sept. 11 attacks.NPR Bestseller

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One More Thing

One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories

by B. J. Novak

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • B. J. Novak

A debut collection by a writer for the television series The Office includes the title story, in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.NPR Bestseller

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Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

by Anna Quindlen

Hardcover, 252 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.NPR Bestseller

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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. NPR Bestseller

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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.NPR Bestseller

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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.NPR Bestseller

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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. NPR Bestseller

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan

Paperback, 288 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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Out-of-work Web designer Clay Jannon copes with a layoff by taking a job at a used-book store in San Francisco. It's not long, though, before Clay discovers that his new workplace has more in store for him than books alone. Codes and secrets lead to one very weird book club in this debut novel by Robin Sloan.NPR Bestseller

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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

by Rachel Kushner

Paperback, 383 p., Simon & Schuster, $17, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • Rachel Kushner

It's the 1970s in New York, and the art world is a rollicking, raucous place full of odd characters and exciting ideas. A young woman, unnamed, though nicknamed Reno for her place of origin, arrives into this scene hoping for a creative career in SoHo. But she falls in love with the estranged son of an Italian motorcycle scion and follows him back to Italy, where she gets embroiled in a radical social movement.NPR Bestseller

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During the Reign of the Queen of Persia

During the Reign of the Queen of Persia

by Joan Chase

Paperback, 232 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Paperback, 115 pages, Random House Inc, $12.95, published November 14 2006 | purchase
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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Having decided to celebrate his 90th birthday by spending the night with a young virgin, an old man falls deeply in love for the first time in his life when he spots the girl at a local brothel. Translated by Edith Grossman.

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The Autumn of the Patriarch

The Autumn of the Patriarch

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Paperback, 16 pages, Harpercollins, $13.99, published March 1 2006 | purchase
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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The discovery of a South American dictator's rotting corpse in the deserted tangle of his crumbling palace prompts a search through his past and colorful chronicle of his progression from popular, beloved, unafraid ruler to isolated, frightened despot. Translated by Gregory Rabassa.

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Paperback, 348 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 5 2007 | purchase
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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband and a man who has secretly loved her for more than 50 years. Translated by Edith Grossman.

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Kinder Than Solitude

Kinder Than Solitude

by Yiyun Li

Hardcover, 312 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Yiyun Li

A tale set in America and China follows the experiences of three people who in their youths were involved in a mysterious accident that resulted in a friend's fatal poisoning and years later are haunted by the possibility that one of them actually committed a murder.

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All the Birds, Singing

All the Birds, Singing

by Evie Wyld

Hardcover, 231 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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Living in voluntary isolation with only a disobedient collie and a flock of sheep for companions, a woman on a storm-battered British island struggles with memories about her haunted past and endures fear of an unknown assailant that has been targeting her sheep. By the award-winning author of After the Fire, a Still Small Voice. 30,000 first printing.

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Shadow Country

Shadow Country

by Peter Matthiessen

Hardcover, 892 pages, Random House Inc, $40, published April 8 2008 | purchase
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  • Peter Matthiessen

A richly textured reworking of the author's classic trilogy--Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone by Bone--chronicles the legacy of E. J. Watson, a notorious desperado gunned down by his neighbors along the lawless nineteenth-century frontier of the Florida Everglades. 15,000 first printing.Literary Award Winner

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Tenth of December

Tenth of December

by George Saunders

Paperback, 271 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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Syracuse University professor and one-time geological engineer George Saunders delivers a collection of fantastical stories, including "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.NPR Bestseller

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All Our Names

All Our Names

by Dinaw Mengestu

Hardcover, 255 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Dinaw Mengestu

Coming of age during an African revolution, a brilliant student-turned-fighter flees the escalating violence of his country to resettle in the U.S., where he is haunted by his past.

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The Corpse Washer

The Corpse Washer

by Sinan Antoon

Hardcover, 185 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $22, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Sinan Antoon

Born into a family of corpse washers, Jawad abandons tradition by enrolling in Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts to study sculpting, but the conditions caused by Saddam Hussein's oppressive rule force him to return home to the family business.

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Every Day Is for the Thief

Every Day Is for the Thief

by Teju Cole

Hardcover, 162 pages, Random House Inc, $23, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Teju Cole

Returning to Lagos after several years in New York City, a young Nigerian writer rediscovers his hometown as both a foreigner and a local while reconnecting with old friends, comparing Lagos to the home of his memory and realizing how he himself has changed.

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Falling Out of Time

Falling Out of Time

by David Grossman

Hardcover, 193 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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Announcing that he must embark on a journey in search of his dead son, a man walks in ever-widening circles around his town and beyond, picking up similarly bereaved companions with whom he explores questions about the potential for overcoming death and reconnecting with lost loved ones. Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen.

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The Blazing World

The Blazing World

by Siri Hustvedt

Hardcover, 357 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • Siri Hustvedt

A provocative tale told through a series of scholarly texts draws on notebooks and conflicting accounts about the life and work of an acclaimed artist who after years of being marginalized conceals her female identity behind three male fronts.

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