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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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  • 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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior

by Barbara Kingsolver

Paperback, 433 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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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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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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Speaking From Among the Bones

Speaking From Among The Bones

by Alan Bradley

Hardcover, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $24, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old genius and chemistry whiz, has found yet another homicide to solve. When Flavia's town opens the crypt of its patron saint, it finds a body that's far from ancient: the disturbingly masked corpse of the church organist. Who would have killed him, and why would the killer hide him there? Flavia's on the case.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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  • 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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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 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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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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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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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 Last Runaway

The Last Runaway

by Tracy Chevalier

Paperback, 305 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Tracy Chevalier

Jilted by her fiance, Quaker Honor Bright leaves the comfort of her native England for the harsh frontier farmland of 1850 Ohio. Among strangers and feeling the pressures of an alien world, Honor struggles to ford a cultural divide wider than the Atlantic she just crossed. And soon a new urgency takes hold: Honor joins the Underground Railroad, aiding runaway slaves in their escape to freedom. NPR Bestseller

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The House Girl

The House Girl

by Tara Conklin

Paperback, 16 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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Tara Conklin's debut novel links the stories of Lina Sparrow, a 21st century lawyer, and Josephine Bell, an artistically talented 19th century slave. As Josephine plans her escape from a Virginia plantation, Lina goes in search of the perfect plaintiff for a slavery reparations lawsuit.NPR Bestseller

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The Rage

The Rage

by Gene Kerrigan

Paperback, 313 pages, Penguin Group USA, $11, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Gene Kerrigan

A recently-released convict, a discouraged policeman and a retired nun become involved in planning a high-stakes robbery in this new crime fiction tale from the author of The Midnight Choir and Little Criminals.

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The Fall of the Stone City

The Fall of the Stone City

by Ismail Kadare

Hardcover, 171 pages, Pgw, $23, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Ismail Kadare

During World War II, an Albanian town is invaded by Nazis, who are wined and dined by a town resident. The next morning, the Nazis have vanished, leaving behind a mystery that slowly must be unraveled. Translated by John Hodgson.

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No Time Like The Present

by Nadine Gordimer

Paperback, 421 pages, Picador, $16, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Nadine Gordimer

Interracial couple Steve and Jabulile are able to live happily together with their two children in a newly free South Africa, but their lives are defined by the constant struggle to marry their nation's past with its present.

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Micro

by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

Paperback, 448 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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The acclaimed late author of Jurassic Park and the award-winning author of The Hot Zone present the story of a group of graduate students who accept work with a mysterious biotech company in Hawaii only to be abandoned in a treacherous wilderness when they discover their employer's dark agenda.NPR Bestseller

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The Wolf Gift

The Wolf Gift

by Anne Rice

Paperback, 18 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Anne Rice

The best-selling author of The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches imagines the origins and history of the werewolf while portraying a romantic, sensualist being who experiences tragedy and transcendence when bestowed with transformational powers.NPR Bestseller

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See Now Then

See Now Then

by Jamaica Kincaid

Paperback, 182 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $13, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid's novel opens with a scene of a seemingly idyllic home life in small-town New England. But it soon becomes clear that the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Sweet is anything but sweet.

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House of Earth

House Of Earth

by Woody Guthrie

Hardcover, 240 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Woody Guthrie

The only finished novel from the legendary American folk singer portrays life in Dust Bowl America with the story of Tike and Ella May Hamil, who struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle.NPR Bestseller

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Lying Awake

Lying Awake

by Mark Salzman

Paperback, 181 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Mark Salzman

Sister John of the Cross, an elderly nun, experiences a series of dazzling visions, but she is confronted with a difficult choice between her spiritual gifts and curing the powerful headaches that accompany her visions.

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The Guardians

The Guardians

by Ana Castillo

Paperback, 222 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published September 9 2008 | purchase
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  • Ana Castillo

Discovering that her brother has vanished while crossing the border from Mexico into the United States, Regina, a middle-aged widow, and her nephew, Gabo, embark on a perilous search for him, joining forces with an amorous, divorced schoolteacher and his grandfather, as well as a priest losing his faith. By the author of Peel My Love Like an Onion. Reprint.

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