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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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  • George Saunders

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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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Paperback, 560 pages, Random House, $7.99, published November 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Gillian Flynn

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.NPR Bestseller

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A Memory of Light

A Memory Of Light

by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Hardcover, 909 pages, St Martins Pr, $34.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

In the conclusion to the Wheel of Time series, all of humanity is in peril as Rand al'Thor moves forward to break the seals on the Dark One's prison, and the Last Battle will determine the fate of the world.NPR Bestseller

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Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior

by Barbara Kingsolver

Paperback, 433 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Barbara Kingsolver

Bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow is tired of living in poverty on a failing farm, and she's frustrated by her marriage to the boy who got her pregnant in high school. Then one day, as she's hiking through rural Tennessee on her way to meet a lover, she witnesses a miraculous event on an Appalachian mountainside. The beautiful, ominous vision ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever. Barbara Kingsolver addresses rural life, climate change and environmental stewardship in this story of personal awakening.NPR Bestseller

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The Round House

The Round House

by Louise Erdrich

Paperback, 321 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Louise Erdrich

After a brutal attack on his mother, 13-year-old Joe Coutts pursues the truth — and a sense of justice, separate from law enforcement. In this National Book Award-winning novel, Louise Erdrich unspools a mystery that has upturned both a North Dakota reservation and the family that Coutts hopes to save.NPR Bestseller

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The River Swimmer

The River Swimmer

Novellas

by Jim Harrison

Hardcover, 240 pages, Grove Press, $25, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Novellas
  • Jim Harrison

Two novellas provide insight on the human condition as a 60-year-old art history academic embarks on an unexpected journey of discovery, and a young farm boy is drawn to the water of Lake Michigan as an escape.NPR Bestseller

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Suspect

Suspect

by Robert Crais

Hardcover, 320 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Robert Crais

After losing his partner, Stephanie, to a nighttime assault, LAPD officer Scott James teams up with a traumatized military patrol dog named Maggie to track down Stephanie's killers.NPR Bestseller

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

by Ayana Mathis

Paperback, 243 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Ayana Mathis

In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.NPR Bestseller

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This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Diaz

Paperback, 217 pages, Riverhead Trade, $16, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz tracks protagonist Yunior's struggles with fidelity, beginning with his cheating on his girlfriend and ending with his cheating on his fiancee with 50 different women.NPR Bestseller

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Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

Paperback, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Ian McEwan

Serena Frome isn't much of a spy. She got recruited into MI5 by her Cambridge history tutor and winds up on the clerical side of the operation, cross-filing schemes and plots to stop terrorists. Then one day, in the middle of the Cold War, she's handed her first secret mission: to cultivate and fund British intellectuals whose politics align with those of the government. Its code name is "Sweet Tooth."NPR Bestseller

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Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up The Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

Paperback, 432 pages, Picador, $16, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Hilary Mantel

The spark has gone out of Henry VIII's second marriage. When his roving eye leaves Anne Boleyn and begins to settle on Jane Seymour, another woman at court, the monarch turns to his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, for help. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies is the second book in a planned trilogy about Cromwell.NPR Bestseller

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

Paperback, 330 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Maria Semple

Bee Fox is a nice kid, a good musician and a great student. But her mother, Bernadette, is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect. Then Bernadette goes missing, and Bee begins a search that will take her to the ends of the earth.NPR Bestseller

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The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

by J.K. Rowling

Paperback, 512 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published July 23 2013 | purchase
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  • J.K. Rowling

The early death of a small-town councilman reveals deep-rooted conflicts in the seemingly idyllic community of Pagford. In the face of cultural disputes, generation clashes and a volatile election, Pagford's peaceful facade rapidly deteriorates.NPR Bestseller

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The The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Hardcover, 267 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $27.99, published September 1 2000 | purchase
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  • L. Frank Baum

After being transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas. Illustrated by W. W. Denslow.

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The City of Devi

The City of Devi

by Manil Suri

Hardcover, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published February 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Manil Suri

As Mumbai is evacuated in the wake of a nuclear threat, statistician Sarita resolves to reunite with her missing physicist husband. Journeying through the surreal landscape of a dangerous near-abandoned city, Sarita meets an incarnation of the patron goddess Devi Ma.

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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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In One Person

In One Person

by John Irving

Paperback, 425 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • John Irving

A tale inspired by the U.S. AIDS epidemic in the 1980s follows the experiences of individuals — including the bisexual narrator — who are torn by devastating losses, and whose perspectives on tolerance and love are shaped by awareness of what might have been.NPR Bestseller

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The End of the Wasp Season

The End of the Wasp Season

A Novel

by Denise Mina

Paperback, 390 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Denise Mina

Detective Inspector Alex Morrow uncovers clues in the savage murder of a young woman in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow that may ultimately be linked to the suicide of a notorious millionaire banker 100 miles away.

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The Outsiders

The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

Paperback, 160 pages, Gardners Books, $15.50, published April 5 2007 | purchase
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  • S.E. Hinton

S.E. Hinton was just 16 years old when she wrote this novel about kids getting caught up in class struggles. Ponyboy is a greaser, from the wrong side of the tracks; he runs afoul of the upper-class Socs, leading to an epic rumble between the two gangs.

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Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle

by Emmanuelle Arsan and Lowell Bair

Paperback, 221 pages, Pgw, $13, published June 1 1994 | purchase
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  • Emmanuelle Arsan and Lowell Bair
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Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn

by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Hardcover, 36 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $16.99, published January 17 2012 | purchase
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  • Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

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Baby Bear Sees Blue

Baby Bear Sees Blue

by Ashley Wolff

Hardcover, 40, Beach Lane Books, $16.99, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Ashley Wolff

Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies and other colorful things in nature.

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Unspoken

A Story From the Underground Railroad

by Henry Cole

Hardcover, 40, Scholastic Press , 16.99, published November 1 2012 | purchase
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  • A Story From the Underground Railroad
  • Henry Cole

A young girl's courage is tested when she discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn.

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Chloe And The Lion

by Adam Rex and Mac Barnett

Hardcover, 48, Hyperion Book CH, 16.99, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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And Then It's Spring

by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead

Hardcover, 32, Roaring Brook Press, 16.99, published February 14 2012 | purchase
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A Home For Bird

by Philip Stead

Hardcover, 32, Roaring Brook Press, 16.99, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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Oh, No!

Oh, No!

by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

Hardcover, 40, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

Author Candace Fleming and illustrator Eric Rohmann present the comical story of a group of animals who repeat a refrain of dismay as they fall, one by one, into a deep hole.

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Boot & Shoe

by Marla Frazee

Hardcover, 40 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Marla Frazee

Boot and Shoe are dogs that live in the same house, eat from the same bowl and sleep in the same bed, but spend their days on separate porches until a squirrel mixes things up.

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Insane City

Insane City

by Dave Barry

Hardcover, 341 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Dave Barry

Seth Weinstein is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida. He has survived an airport prank by his groomsmen, and he thinks it's going to be smooth sailing from now on. Little does he know what's in store: Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children on the run from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.NPR Bestseller

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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

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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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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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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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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Home

Home

by Toni Morrison

Hardcover, 144 pages, Knopf, $24, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • Toni Morrison

Embittered Korean War veteran Frank Money struggles against trauma and racism to rescue his medically abused sister and work through identity-shattering memories.NPR Bestseller

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Dear Life

Dear Life

Stories

by Alice Munro

Paperback, 319 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Stories
  • Alice Munro

Set in the Canadian towns around Lake Huron, this collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life — from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate.NPR Bestseller

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The Yellow Birds

The Yellow Birds

by Kevin Powers

Paperback, 230 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Kevin Powers

In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Pvt. John Bartle and 18-year-old Pvt. Daniel Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. The two men do all they can to protect each other from the forces that are pressing in: the insurgents, physical fatigue and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.NPR Bestseller

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The Expats

The Expats

by Chris Pavone

Paperback, 352 pages, Broadway Books, $15, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Chris Pavone

In The Expats, American Kate Moore is a working mother who finds herself abroad in Luxembourg after her husband is offered a banking job. As she becomes increasingly suspicious about her husband's job, Kate discovers the situation she's living in is a maze of intrigue filled with underlying secrets.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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  • Richard Ford

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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Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities

by Italo Calvino and William Weaver

Paperback, 165 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14, published May 1 1978 | purchase
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  • Italo Calvino and William Weaver

In Kublai Khan's garden, at sunset, the young Marco Polo diverts the aged emperor from his obsession with the impending end of his empire with tales of countless cities past, present, and future

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