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June 29, 2012 The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic '20s novel, resurfaces this week at No. 15.
March 19, 2012 Author and secretary Lynn Peril knows that writing on the job is a time-honored tradition. She recommends three books that were written while the boss was looking the other way. Have you ever composed a novel at your day job? Tell us about it in the comments.
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July 22, 2011 As a Rome-based newspaper falls apart, the men and women who produce it try to hold their own lives together. Author Tom Rachman draws on experience as a foreign correspondent in The Imperfectionists, which enjoys its 28th week on the list.
July 15, 2011 A high school teacher, a lonely housewife and a movie star's husband are forever changed after a day in Paris with their French tutors. French Lessons, by Ellen Sussman, debuts at No. 14.
July 8, 2011 In One Day, author David Nicholls drops in on Dexter and Emma for one day a year over the course of two decades as the former flames take new lovers but can't help crossing paths. The movie tie-in edition for One Day debuts at No. 14.
July 1, 2011 Pop star Cherry Pye is such a drunken mess that her handlers hire a double to pose for her in public. And then that double gets kidnapped. Carl Hiaasen's Star Island debuts at No. 11.
June 24, 2011 Doctor and author Abraham Verghese takes readers from India to Ethiopia to New York in a sweeping exploration of medicine and faith. Cutting for Stone enjoys its 73rd week on the list.
A Dog's Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron
June 17, 2011 Cats may have nine lives, but Bailey has at least four in A Dog's Purpose, a canine-narrated tale of reincarnation. W. Bruce Cameron's novel debuts at No. 14.
June 10, 2011 When Jacob Jankowski's parents die in a car accident, he drops out of veterinary school at Cornell and joins the circus. Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants enjoys its 123rd week on the list.
June 3, 2011 A virus creates a band of vampiric mutants, and hope for survival rests in the hands of a 6-year-old girl. Justin Cronin departs from his previous work in The Passage, a supernatural thriller that debuts at No. 14.
May 27, 2011 The Art of Racing in the Rain tells a family's story from their dog, Enzo's, perspective. As Enzo's owner finds success as a race car driver, then marries and starts a family, the lab-terrier mix is always by their side. Garth Stein's novel enjoys its 102nd week on the list.
May 20, 2011 Karl Marlantes transports his readers to a 1969 jungle near Laos, where a company of young U.S. Marines is fighting for its life in a war nobody really understands. Matterhorn debuts at No. 13.
May 13, 2011 Chilean author Isabel Allende blends magical realism into the sweeping tale of an enslaved girl and her master as they travel from Haiti to New Orleans at the close of the 18th century. Island Beneath the Sea debuts at No. 13.
May 6, 2011 In John le Carre's latest novel, a young British couple vacationing in Antigua become embroiled in deception and corruption as they try to help a charismatic Russian oligarch escape his mafia past. Our Kind of Traitor debuts at No. 10.
April 29, 2011 When a young girl discovers she can taste the emotions baked into her mother's lemon cake, she gains psychic insights into her family's struggles and the depths of the human soul. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, a novel by Aimee Bender, debuts at No. 15.
April 22, 2011 Over the course of a summer, parents Elizabeth and James are forced to confront the issues that threaten to tear their family apart — including the behavior and addictions of their teenage daughter. Anne Lamott's Imperfect Birds enjoys its second week on the list.
April 15, 2011 When a wealthy white woman enlists the help of two black maids to write a tell-all about domestic race relations in 1960s Mississippi, their sleepy Southern town is set astir. As the civil rights movement advances, their project becomes a momentous task. The Help debuts at No. 1.
April 8, 2011 This year's National Book Critic's Circle Fiction award winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad, doesn't fit neatly into any genre. Jennifer Egan's fun, swirling time trip of a novel jumps to No. 6 in its second week on the list.
April 1, 2011 In Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, an aristocratic and elderly Englishman's unlikely friendship with his next-door neighbor, the Pakistani widow of the local food shop owner, takes an unexpected turn toward romance. Helen Simonson's first novel enjoys its 17th week on the list.
March 25, 2011 In the wake of a massacre in a Swedish village, a local judge comes across the diaries of an ancestor who was kidnapped in China. Further evidence links the murders to a mysterious Chinese man and suggests that the motives of the crime are rooted in the past. The Man From Beijing debuts at No. 14.
March 18, 2011 A young Dutchman and a Japanese midwife fall in love on a trading outpost off the Japanese mainland at the turn of the 19th century. Their cross-cultural romance is not an easy one, and the pair must overcome a variety of bizarre obstacles. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet debuts at No. 12.
March 11, 2011 A film adaptation of Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants comes out in April. Set during the Great Depression, it tells the story of romance — and adultery — among the cast of a traveling circus. It is No. 5 on the list this week.
March 4, 2011 In Jeannette Walls' follow-up to her best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, she assumes the voice of her plucky grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, in the retelling of her eccentric life as a rodeo rider, schoolteacher, bootlegger and bush pilot. Half Broke Horses enjoys its 25th week on the list.
February 25, 2011 In this love story writ large, a young Hungarian Jewish architect meets an older Hungarian dancer in Paris as World War II looms. The pair falls in love but are soon torn apart as the Nazis gain power. The Invisible Bridge debuts at No. 15.
February 18, 2011 In Cathleen Schine's riff on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, a spurned wife and her adult daughters end up in a rundown beach cottage after their lives begin to unravel. The drama of divorce, romance, sibling rivalry and bankruptcy ensue. The Three Weissmanns of Westport debuts at No. 13.
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