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Live By Night

Live By Night

by Dennis Lehane

Paperback, 401 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Dennis Lehane

During Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict, law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime. Starting as a petty thief in Boston, he travels south and eventually becomes the Gulf Coast's most successful rumrunner. In Tampa, Fla., and in Cuba, he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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Americanah

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paperback, 588 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love as students in Nigeria, when the country is under military rule and those with the means to leave the country do. Ifemelu goes to America to study, and she prospers there. But Obinze can't get into to America and winds up living in London under assumed names. When they're reunited in their homeland 15 years later, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.NPR Bestseller

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Red Moon

Red Moon

by Benjamin Percy

Hardcover, 544 pages, Grand Central Pub, $25.99, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Benjamin Percy

On the eve of the emergence of a new and unrecognizable world that will challenge the existence of humanity, a group of people begin to notice they are different from everyone else.

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Pacific

Pacific

by Tom Drury

Hardcover, 194 pages, Grove Press, $25, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Tom Drury

In Los Angeles to reunite with the mother who abandoned him seven years ago, 14-year-old Micah Darling finds himself way out of his league. Meanwhile, back home in the Midwest, his half-sister Lyris and their father Tiny find their lives unsettled by the arrival of an ethereal young woman.

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Little Green

Little Green

An Easy Rawlins Mystery

by Walter Mosley

Hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • Walter Mosley

Surviving a near-fatal car wreck and cruising the streets of the Sunset Strip during the heyday of the late 1960s, Easy Rawlins investigates the disappearance of a young African-American, a case that is complicated by Rawlins's changing perspectives. By the O. Henry Award-winning author of the Socrates Fortlow series.

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A Delicate Truth

A Delicate Truth

by John Le Carre

Hardcover, 309 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • John Le Carre

Three years after the launch of a delicate counterterrorism operation organized to capture a high-value jihadist arms buyer, a disgraced Special Forces solider delivers a message that raises questions about the operation's success and a possible coverup.NPR Bestseller

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The Woman Upstairs

The Woman Upstairs

by Claire Messud

Paperback, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Claire Messud

Nora is a reclusive schoolteacher whose dreams of being an artist have been suppressed. She is seething inside with rage and resentment, but she manages keeps her anger in until she meets another woman who has everything she does not: a husband, a child and a successful art career. And then everything begins to unravel.NPR Bestseller

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Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

Paperback, 16 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Jess Walter

On a rocky patch of Italian coastline circa 1962, a daydreaming young innkeeper has an almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet. She draws him into her glittering world, from the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, and both begin to cling to an improbable dream.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 Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master's Son

A Novel

by Adam Johnson

Paperback, 456 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Adam Johnson

Pak Jun Do, the son of an influential man who runs an orphan work camp, rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.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 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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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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The Orchardist by Amanda Coblin.

The Orchardist

by Amanda Coplin

Paperback, 426 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Amanda Coplin

When two skittish pregnant girls appear on his homestead, solitary orchardist Talmadge — who carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century — vows to save and protect them. The Orchardist evokes a powerful sense of place in the American West, mixing tenderness and violence as Talmadge tries to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past and faces the dramatic consequences of his actions.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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Broken Harbor

Broken Harbor

by Tana French

Paperback, 450 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Tana French

In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher's haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.NPR Bestseller

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Istanbul Passage

Istanbul Passage

by Joseph Kanon

Paperback, 404 pages, Pocket Books, $16, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Joseph Kanon

The big war is over, and the Cold War has just begun. Leon Bauer, an American tobacco man, and his wife, Anna, a German Jew, made it to Istanbul just before World War II began. His U.S. passport and fluency in German and Turkish made him useful to Allied intelligence. But before he assumes a more peaceful life, Bauer is given a last big job — slip Alexi, a Romanian defector with important Soviet secrets, out of Istanbul. Alexi's secrets might help old allies — but the defector once helped massacre Jews in Romania. Bauer is being asked to help a man in this new war who represents what he fought in the last one.NPR Bestseller

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

Paperback, 343 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Rachel Joyce

For recently retired Harold Fry, little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives from a woman he hasn't heard from in 20 years: Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. With no warning or planning, Harold heads to Queenie's bedside, walking all the way from the very southernmost part of England to the very northernmost part.NPR Bestseller

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Life After Life

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Paperback, 544 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Kate Atkinson

The award-winning author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum follows the experiences of a woman who, after being born on a snowy night in 1910, repeatedly dies and reincarnates into the same life to correct missteps and, ultimately, save the world.NPR Bestseller

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The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

Paperback, 332 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Strout

Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, two brothers confront painful issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their lives. 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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Maya's Notebook

Maya's Notebook

by Isabel Allende

Hardcover, 387 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Isabel Allende

After the death of her beloved grandfather, 19-year-old Maya Vidal turns to drugs, alcohol and petty crimes. She becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life. Translated by Anne McLean.NPR Bestseller

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Z

Z

A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

Paperback, 375 pages, St Martins Pr, $15.99, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Therese Anne Fowler

Inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, this tale follows their union in and Zelda's scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.NPR Bestseller

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The Interestings

The Interestings

by Meg Wolitzer

Paperback, 538 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings follows six artistic friends who meet as teenagers one pivotal summer at a camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods. Over the next 40 years, they grow up to find some of their talents developing into grand success, while others don't.NPR Bestseller

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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

by Rachel Kushner

Paperback, 383 p., Simon & Schuster, $17, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • Rachel Kushner

It's the 1970s in New York, and the art world is a rollicking, raucous place full of odd characters and exciting ideas. A young woman, unnamed, though nicknamed Reno for her place of origin, arrives into this scene hoping for a creative career in SoHo. But she falls in love with the estranged son of an Italian motorcycle scion and follows him back to Italy, where she gets embroiled in a radical social movement.NPR Bestseller

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All That Is

All That Is

by James Salter

Paperback, 350 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • James Salter

After returning from World War II, former naval officer Philip Bowman finds a position as a book editor in New York and loses himself in a world of intimate connections and surprising triumphs, until he is betrayed by the woman he loves.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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Inferno

Inferno

by Dan Brown

Hardcover, 461 pages, Random House Inc, $29.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Dan Brown

In the heart of Italy, Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces — Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon, the hero of The Da Vinci Code, battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.NPR Bestseller

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You Are One Of Them

You Are One of Them

by Elliott Holt

Hardcover, 304 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published May 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Elliott Holt

A first novel by a Pushcart Prize-winning writer traces the friendship between all-American girl Jenny and Sarah, the shy daughter of troubled parents, during the height of the Cold War. Their bond is nearly shattered by Jenny's unexpected fame and by a plane crash that Sarah learns a decade later might have been a hoax.

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And the Mountains Echoed

And The Mountains Echoed

by Khaled Hosseini

Hardcover, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Khaled Hosseini

The author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another and how choices resonate through subsequent generations.NPR Bestseller

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Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now

by Daphne, Dame Du Maurier and Patrick McGrath

Paperback, 346 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published October 28 2008 | purchase
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  • Daphne, Dame Du Maurier and Patrick McGrath
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Stoner

Stoner

by John Edward Williams

Paperback, 278 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published June 20 2006 | purchase
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  • John Edward Williams

William Stoner, born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family, falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life. As the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments, including a marriage that estranges him from his parents, a stymied career and a love that ends under threat of scandal, causing him to rediscover the stoic silence of his forebears.

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