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Scent of Darkness

Scent of Darkness

by Margot Berwin

Hardcover, 220 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Margot Berwin

When Eva turns 18, her grandmother gives her the gift of an extraordinary fragrance, one that transforms her life. But as the gift becomes a curse, Eva must uncover the secret behind the scent, and learn the message her grandmother had left inside that magical vial.

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The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

by Teddy Wayne

Hardcover, 285 pages, Simon & Schuster, $24.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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Jonny Valentine, 11-year-old superstar, is worried about his album sales, his party-loving manager mother and his safety. He's also on a quest — like one of the heroes in his video games — to find his missing father. Teddy Wayne's second novel is not just a witty critique of America's pop-music machine, but also the story of a compelling child narrator's journey toward adulthood.

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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

by Mary Gordon and Brian Moore

Paperback, 223 pages, Little Brown & Co, $11.95, published February 28 1988 | purchase
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The Newlyweds

The Newlyweds

by Nell Freudenberger

Paperback, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Nell Freudenberger

Amina Mazid is 24 when she moves from Bangladesh to Rochester, N.Y., for love. She has wooed — and been wooed by — George Stillman online. For Amina, George offers a chance at a new life for her and her parents, as well as a different kind of happiness than she might find back home. For George, Amina is a woman who doesn't play games. But each of them is hiding something — someone from the past they thought they could leave behind. It is only when Amina returns to Bangladesh that she and George find out if their secrets will tear them apart, or if they can build a future together.

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The Chemistry of Tears

The Chemistry Of Tears

by Peter Carey

Paperback, 229 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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Peter Carey's hero and heroine, Catherine and Henry, are separated by 150 years. What brings them together is an enormous, 19th-century mechanical duck. Catherine, a horologist, or clock expert, is restoring it in the present day. It's a distraction from the sudden death of her married lover. More than a century earlier, Henry commissions the duck as a giant toy for his beloved but very sick child. As the two narratives unfold, the duck becomes a swan, and many of its inner workings are revealed. That's not exactly true, however, for the difficult, mysterious characters who populate the book.

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Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry

Portraits Of A Few Of The People I've Made Cry

Stories

by Christine Sneed

Paperback, 154 pages, St Martins Press, $14, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Christine Sneed

In 10 stories, this collection examines the perils of love and what it means to live during an era when people will offer themselves, almost unthinkingly, to strangers. Risks and repercussions are never fully weighed; people leap and almost always land on rocky ground; romances and self-doubt flourish, as does, in most cases, serious regret.

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Vampires In The Lemon Grove

Stories

by Karen Russell

Hardcover, 243 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Karen Russell

A new collection of stories by the author of Swamplandia! features a varied cast of characters, including a pair of centuries-old vampires whose relationship is tested by a sudden fear of flying, a dejected teen who communicates with the universe through objects from a sea gull nest, and a massage therapist who heals a tattooed veteran by manipulating the images on his body.NPR Bestseller

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Percival Everett by Virgil Russell

Percival Everett by Virgil Russell

by Percival L. Everett

Paperback, 227 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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In this story inside a story inside a story, shifting narrators and plot lines explore the relationship between fathers and sons.

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Crazy Thing Called Love

Crazy Thing Called Love

by Molly O'Keefe

Paperback, 357 pages, Random House, $7.99, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Molly O'Keefe

Forced to work with sexy hockey superstar Billy Wilkins, who is also her ex-husband, Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish finds herself skating on thin ice when he asks for one more shot at making things right.

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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

by Sarah MacLean

Paperback, 376 pages, HarperCollins, $7.99, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Sarah MacLean

Lady Philippa Marbury, known as Pippa, is a bit ... odd. More interested in books and plants than men, she's about to be married but knows little of the marriage bed. So she enlists a scoundrel, the well-known rake Mr. Cross, to help her do some research.

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Going Under

Going Under

by Lauren Dane

Paperback, 312 pages, Berkley Pub Group, $7.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Lauren Dane

Determined to create some sort of unity between the humans and the Others in the wake of the Magister's rampage, witch and PR guru Molly Ryan teams up with Gage Garrity to fight the good fight until their battle takes a passionate turn, which could be their undoing.

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Killing Time

Killing Time

by Cindy Gerard

Paperback, 400 pages, Pocket Books, $7.99, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Cindy Gerard

Rogue CIA attorney Eva Salinas lures hard-living hero Mike Brown from the streets of Lima, Peru, to the desolate Idaho wilderness as she pursues the truth behind the military operation that killed her husband eight years ago.

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The Summer Prince

The Summer Prince

by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Hardcover, 289 pages, Scholastic, $17.99, published March 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Alaya Dawn Johnson

In the futuristic Brazilian metropolis Palmares Tres, artist June Costa joins the bold new Summer King, Enki, to stage explosive, dramatic projects that the city will never forget. The pair adds fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech, and June falls deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.


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The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife

by Paula McLain

Paperback, 331 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Paula McLain

The Paris Wife follows the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, as she navigates 1920s Paris.NPR Bestseller

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Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes To Pemberley

by P.D. James

Paperback, 291 pages, Vintage , $15, published January 1 2013 | purchase
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  • P.D. James

Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband, Wickham, has been murdered.NPR Bestseller

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Canada

Canada

by Richard Ford

Paperback, 368 pages, Ecco, $15.99, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, who — unbeknownst to Dell — is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell's quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.NPR Bestseller

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The Language of Flowers

The Language Of Flowers

A Novel

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Paperback, 334 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Victoria, the orphaned heroine of Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel, is privy to a secret language of flowers that dates to Victorian England.NPR Bestseller

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Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel

Paperback, 604 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published August 31 2010 | purchase
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  • Hilary Mantel

Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter's efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense Of An Ending

by Julian Barnes

Paperback, 163 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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  • Julian Barnes

Tony Webster is a retired divorced man in his mid-60s who, after receiving notice of an unexpected bequest, is pulled back into a "powerful recollection of strong emotions" from his past. This leads to a reassessment of the accuracy of his memories, a rueful realization of how much he'd gotten wrong, and a harsh re-evaluation of his passive approach to life.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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The Night Circus

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Paperback, 516 pages, Anchor, $15, published July 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Erin Morgenstern

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.NPR Bestseller

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Life of Pi

Life Of Pi

by Yann Martel

Paperback, 319 pages, Mariner Books, $15.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Yann Martel

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan, a 450-pound Bengal tiger and Pi, a 16-year-old Indian boy. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of recent years.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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fifty shades of grey

Fifty Shades Of Grey

by E.L. James

Paperback, 528 pages, Vintage, $15.95, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • E.L. James

Growing out of a piece of fan fiction that recast Twilight's Bella and Edward in sexier scenarios, Fifty Shades of Grey tells the steamy affair of a student journalist and an intriguing young entrepreneur.NPR Bestseller

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State of Wonder

State Of Wonder

by Ann Patchett

Paperback, 353 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • Ann Patchett

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years — a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.NPR Bestseller

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Rules of Civility

Rules Of Civility

by Amor Towles

Paperback, 335 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published June 26 2012 | purchase
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  • Amor Towles

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well and a single-minded widow. NPR Bestseller

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The Snow Child

The Snow Child

by Eowyn Ivey

Paperback, 391 pages, Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books, $14.99, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Eowyn Ivey

A childless couple working on a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness with a red fox and begin to love the strange, almost supernatural child as their own.NPR Bestseller

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

Paperback, 213 pages, MTV Books, $14, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • Stephen Chbosky

In a thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel, teenager Charlie struggles to cope with the complex world of high school. He deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs and the pain of losing a close friend and favorite aunt.NPR Bestseller

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Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

by David Mitchell

Paperback, 514 pages, Random House, $15, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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David Mitchell, author of Number9Dream, recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a 19th century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.NPR Bestseller

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Above All Things

Above All Things

by Tanis Rideout

Hardcover, 385 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Tanis Rideout

This debut novel, inspired by the life and mysterious fate of George Mallory, traces the experiences of his wife, Ruth. In 1924 she maintains a hopeful vigil in war-ravaged England during Mallory's fateful third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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A Hazard of New Fortunes

A Hazard of New Fortunes

by William Dean Howells

Paperback, 453 pages, Lightning Source Inc, $35.75, published October 31 2007 | purchase
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The Alienist

The Alienist

by Caleb Carr

Paperback, 498 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published October 24 2006 | purchase
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  • Caleb Carr

When a madman begins stalking victims on the streets of 1896 New York, a team of investigators is forced to apply radical and untested techniques that include fingerprinting and the controversial science of psychology. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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The Financier

The Financier

by Theodore Dreiser

Paperback, 513 pages, Lightning Source Inc, $38.75, published January 31 2008 | purchase
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The Dinner

The Dinner

by Herman Koch

Paperback, 309 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Herman Koch

Over dinner at an Amsterdam restaurant, two couples — brothers and their wives — discuss a terrible crime most likely committed by their sons. The crime is not yet public, but grainy video footage exists — and both sets of parents know it depicts their offspring. As the conversation deepens, one wrenching question gets clearer and more pressing by the moment: How far will each family go to protect those it loves?NPR Bestseller

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Revenge

Revenge

Eleven Dark Tales

by Yoko Ogawa

Paperback, 176 pages, St Martins Pr, $14, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Eleven Dark Tales
  • Yoko Ogawa

Murder, envy and machinations fill the sinister stories in this collection by Yoko Ogawa, award-winning author of The Housekeeper and The Professor. Translated by Stephen Snyder.

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