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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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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.NPR Bestseller

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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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Cavendon Hall

Cavendon Hall

by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Hardcover, 406 pages, St Martins Pr, $27.99, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Barbara Taylor Bradford

A tale spanning 16 years in Edwardian England finds the centuries-long relationship between the aristocratic Inghams and the Swann family who serves them tested by the outbreak of World War I. By the award-winning author of A Woman of Substance.

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A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

Paperback, 375 pages, St Martins Pr, $15.99, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Therese Anne Fowler

Inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, this tale follows their union in and Zelda's scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.NPR Bestseller

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Night in Shanghai

Night in Shanghai

by Nicole Mones

Hardcover, 277 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Nicole Mones

Touring Shanghai in 1936 as part of a black jazz orchestra, Thomas Greene meets Song Yuhua, translator for one of Japan's biggest crime bosses, and together through friendship and love they weather the Japanese invasion together.

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The Man Who Walked Away

The Man Who Walked Away

by Maud Casey

Hardcover, 256 pages, Bloomsbury USA, $25, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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Loosely based on the case history of a 19th-century Bordeaux psychiatric patient, the story closely follows the experiences of Albert — a man prone to taking trance-like walks throughout Europe and waking with no memory of his journeys.

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The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds

by Colleen McCullough

Paperback, 673 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 1 2005 | purchase
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A saga of three generations of the indomitable Cleary family begins in the early 1900s when Paddy Cleary, a poor New Zealand farm laborer, moves his wife and children to the Australian sheep station owned by his wealthy sister.

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SCHMUCK

by Ross Klavan

Paperback, 248, Greenpoint Press, , published January 21 2014 | purchase
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Ross Klavan explores the world of midcentury radio personalities.

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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 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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The Testament of Mary

The Testament Of Mary

by Colm Toibin

Paperback, 81 pages, Simon & Schuster, $13, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Colm Toibin

A fictional imagining of the Virgin Mary's life finds her living a solitary existence in Ephesus. Years after her son's crucifixion, she struggles with guilt, anger and feelings that her son is not the son of God; that his sacrifice was not for a worthy cause.

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I Am Abraham

I Am Abraham

A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War

by Jerome Charyn

Hardcover, 456 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published February 3 2014 | purchase
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Written in period style and peppered with 19th-century humor, a narrative portrait of the 16th President in his own voice reflects on his major life events from his picaresque youth in Illinois and improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd through his visit to war-shattered Richmond days before his assassination.

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

by Eloisa James

Paperback, 374 pages, HarperCollins, $7.99, published January 25 2011 | purchase
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Linnet Berry Thynne thinks that she will easily be able to make her fiancâe, Piers Yelverton, the Earl of Marchant, who is rumored to be immune to the womanly charms, fall in love with her, but she loses her heart to him instead.

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Destiny's Surrender

Destiny's Surrender

by Beverly Jenkins

Paperback, 370 pages, HarperCollins, $7.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Beverly Jenkins

Just when playboy Andrew Yates is ready to settle down, old flame Whilemina "Billie" Wells comes knocking on his door with a toddler in tow that she says is his, but even after a quick marriage, both Andrew and Billie wonder if they can ever truly find love.

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The Son

The Son

by Philipp Meyer

Paperback, 464 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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This epic tale is told through several generations of the McCullough family, beginning with Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the Republic of Texas. At 13, Eli is kidnapped by the Comanche, who kill his mother and his siblings. He lives with the Comanche for years, becoming a respected member of the tribe until the community is decimated by armed Americans.NPR Bestseller

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Strange Bodies

Strange Bodies

by Marcel Theroux

Hardcover, 292 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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Locked in a notorious psychiatric hospital, a man claiming to be the deceased Dr. Nicholas Slopen uncovers a dark conspiracy between Silicon Valley and Russia.

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Stillwater

Stillwater

by Nicole Helget

Hardcover, 326 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Nicole Helget

Follows the lives of fraternal twins who were separated at birth, but who both still live in Stillwater, Minnesota — a town that becomes an important stop on the Underground Railroad as the country goes to war.

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