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Stories

by Jessica Francis Kane

Paperback, 179 pages, Graywolf Press, $15, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Jessica Francis Kane

This collection of 13 stories, some interwoven and some stand-alone, considers the complexities of human relationships.

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki

Paperback, 422 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Ruth Ozeki

On the shores of British Columbia, a novelist discovers the diary of a 16-year-old girl named Nao. Nao spent her formative years in California, but her family has returned to Japan, and when the book begins, she's living in Tokyo. Nao tells readers right up front that her diary will be a log of her last few days on Earth: She plans to take her own life, and as the story goes on, readers learn why.NPR Bestseller

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The Accursed

The Accursed

by Joyce Carol Oates

Paperback, 667 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published November 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Joyce Carol Oates

Something suspicious is going on in Princeton, N.J., in the otherwise sleepy year of 1905. Children turn to stone; an underworld opens at the edge of town; snakes squirm up and down walls. What have the people of Princeton done to bring such curses on themselves? In Joyce Carol Oates' gothic novel, fictional characters mix with historical figures — including Woodrow Wilson and Upton Sinclair — as a man on a quest to save his sister confronts the repressed horrors of high society.NPR Bestseller

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia

by Mohsin Hamid

Paperback, 222 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid's novel takes its structure from the genre of self-help tutorials. Chapter 1: Move to the City. Chapter 2: Get an Education. Chapter 3: Don't Fall in Love. But the book's nameless protagonist, who transforms from rural peasant to corporate tycoon, fails to follow this last directive — after all, the dogged pursuit of success doesn't happen in a vacuum.NPR Bestseller

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The Flint Heart

The Flint Heart

A Fairy Story

by John Paterson, Katherine Paterson and John Rocco

Paperback, 288 pages, Candlewick Pr, $9.99, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • John Paterson, Katherine Paterson, et al

A magical amulet brings power and despair to those who touch it.

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Middle C

Middle C

by William H. Gass

Paperback, 395 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published December 3 2013 | purchase
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  • William H. Gass

Born in Austria and raised in Ohio, Joseph Skizzen lives an uneventful life; you might even call it insignificant. But in his own mind, he is the great Professor Skizzen, charged with cataloging the many sins and shortcomings of humanity. In his first novel in almost two decades, Gass explores an introvert's inner life, deploying his characteristically dense prose to probe and blur the tentative line between fantasy and self.

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The Red House

The Red House

by Mark Haddon

Paperback, 264 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon peers inside the messy dynamics of a group of relatives, each grappling with their own fears and trying to make sense of themselves as a family, all while stuck in a vacation house in the remote English countryside. The Red House braids together themes of sexual identity, parental insecurity and sibling rivalry.NPR Bestseller

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Talulla Rising

Talulla Rising

by Glen Duncan

Paperback, 351 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Glen Duncan

Grieving for her werewolf lover, Talulla Demetriou is pregnant and popularly believed to be the last surviving werewolf. She flees to a remote Alaskan lodge to have her child in secret and avoid capture by the deadly forces — including, rumor has it, the oldest living vampire on Earth — that are after her.

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The Watch

The Watch

by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Paperback, 318 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Nizam, a disabled Pashtun woman, pushes her cart toward an American military base where she seeks permission to bury her brother, Yusuf. But the base's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when soldiers begin arguing about how to respond to her request. The Watch transposes Sophocles' Antigone to barren, present-day Kandahar.

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He Died With His Eyes Open

He Died With His Eyes Open

by Derek Raymond

Paperback, 211 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published October 4 2011 | purchase
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  • Derek Raymond

"As it turns out, a dead man can tell stories ... Murders are a dime a dozen in Margaret Thatcher's London, and when it comes to the brutal killing of a middle-aged alcoholic found dumped outside of town, Scotland Yard has more important cases to deal with. Instead it's a job for the Department of Unexplained Deaths and its head Detective Sergeant. With only a box of cassette-tape diaries as evidence the rogue detective has no choice but to listen to the haunting voice of the victim for clues to his gruesome end. The first book in Derek Raymond's acclaimed Factory Series is an unflinching yet deeply compassionate portrait of a city plagued by poverty and perversion, and a policeman who may be the only one who cares about the 'people who don't matter and who never did.'"--Back cover.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

by Matthew Quick

Paperback, 289 pages, Sarah Crichton Books, $15, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Matthew Quick

Embracing a philosophy that life is a movie produced by God, neural health patient Pat Peoples endeavors to win back his estranged wife by making strategic sacrifices and coordinating their communications through a depressed widow. A first novel.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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Mary Coin

Mary Coin

by Marisa Silver

Paperback, 322 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver reimagines the story behind Dorothea Lange's famous Depression-era photo, Migrant Mother. In Silver's story, two women — photographer and subject — briefly cross paths, and a contemporary professor of cultural history uncovers a mystery captured in the resulting photo.

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Jacob's Folly

Jacob's Folly

by Rebecca Miller

Paperback, 384 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Rebecca Miller

A Parisian Jew who dies in 1773 reappears in the 21st century as a housefly who can read minds and will people to do his bidding. Jacob's Folly veers between 18th century France and a present-day Long Island family of Orthodox Jews.

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