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The Quarry

The Quarry

by Iain Banks

Hardcover, 326 pages, Little Brown & Co, $26, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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  • Iain Banks

Eighteen-year-old Kit is weird: big, strange, and socially disabled. He and his father Guy live together in a decaying country house on the unstable brink of a vast quarry. Guy is dying, and old friends are gather for one last time, while Kit tries to find out who his mother is.

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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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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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Joyland

Joyland

by Stephen King

Paperback, 288, Hard Case Crime, $7.77, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Stephen King

In a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. 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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World War Z

World War Z

An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

Paperback, 342 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • Max Brooks

An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors — soldiers, politicians, civilians and others — who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.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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A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King

by Dave Eggers

Paperback, 335 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Dave Eggers

Hounded by steep debts and a weird lump on his neck, consultant Alan Clay travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city to try to secure a contract and earn a desperately needed commission. If he can sell holographic technology to the Saudi king, he'll be able to stave off his economic woes — and hold his family together. Unsurprisingly, Clay is swept up from his tent in the desert into various Kafkaesque misadventures.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 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 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 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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Mission to Paris

Mission To Paris

by Alan Furst

Paperback, 255 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Alan Furst

Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region's shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, German Nazis and Hollywood publicists.NPR Bestseller

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

by Neil Gaiman

Hardcover, 181 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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  • Neil Gaiman

When otherworldly beings are set loose on the world, they threaten the life of a little boy. But the extraordinary Hempstock women — Lettie, her mother and her grandmother — summon all of their courage and cleverness to keep him alive. Soon they discover that his survival comes with a high and deadly price.NPR Bestseller

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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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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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Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

by Carl Hiaasen

Hardcover, 317 pages, Knopf, $15, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Carl Hiaasen

Anticipating his retirement from the Key West Police, Andrew Yancy tackles a murder case involving a human arm in his freezer — an investigation that pits him against a twitchy widow, a clueless real estate developer and a voodoo witch with a string of hapless lovers.NPR Bestseller

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The Silver Star

The Silver Star

by Jeannette Walls

Hardcover, 269 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Jeannette Walls

Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of 12, Bean and her older sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience.NPR Bestseller

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Transatlantic

TransAtlantic

by Colum McCann

Hardcover, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Colum McCann

A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Sen. George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women.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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The Son

The Son

by Philipp Meyer

Paperback, 464 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Philipp Meyer

This epic tale is told through several generations of the McCullough family, beginning with Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the Republic of Texas. At 13, Eli is kidnapped by the Comanche, who kill his mother and his siblings. He lives with the Comanche for years, becoming a respected member of the tribe until the community is decimated by armed Americans.NPR Bestseller

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls

by Anton Disclafani

Hardcover, 390 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $27.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Anton Disclafani

Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her mysterious role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.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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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 Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published March 26 2013 | 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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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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A Dance with Dragons

A Dance With Dragons

by George R.R. Martin

Paperback, 1033 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • George R.R. Martin

New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies. Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wall of ice and stone.NPR Bestseller

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Long Lankin

Long Lankin

Stories

by John Banville

Paperback, 100 pages, Random House Inc, $12.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • John Banville

An early short story collection by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea explores the depths of family dysfunction, insanity and death and includes the stories of a couple being torn apart by wealth and an elderly man's descent into nature and madness.

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The Tree of Forgetfulness

The Tree of Forgetfulness

by Pam Durban

Paperback, 171 pages, Louisiana State Univ Pr, $23, published October 12 2012 | purchase
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  • Pam Durban

The Tree of Forgetfulness kicks off in South Carolina in the autumn of 1926, as a New York City newspaperman arrives to investigate a lynching. Nearly two decades later, the last witness to that lynching lies dying, haunted by his presence. It's a powerful portrayal of an ugly era in American history.

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The Wonder Bread Summer

The Wonder Bread Summer

by Jessica Anya Blau

Paperback, 288 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published May 28 2013 | purchase
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  • Jessica Anya Blau

When she discovers her new place of employment is a front for a dangerous drug dealing business, college student Allie Dodgson, in possession of a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine, flees to Los Angeles with a hit man on her tail.

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The Eye of God

The Eye of God

by James Rollins

Hardcover, 410 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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  • James Rollins

Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force set out to uncover the truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the birth of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.

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The Curiosity

The Curiosity

by Stephen Kiernan

Hardcover, 320 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Stephen Kiernan

After discovering the body of a man buried deep in the Arctic ice, Dr. Kate Philo and her team, bringing him back to life in their Boston lab, ignite a media firestorm and massive protests of religious fundamentalists, forcing them to decide how far they are willing to go to protect their experiment.

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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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Sisterland

Sisterland

by Curtis Sittenfeld

Hardcover, 448 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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  • Curtis Sittenfeld

When the strongest earthquake in U.S. history occurs just north of their St. Louis home, Kate and Jeremy find the disaster further complicated by Kate's twin sister's prediction about a more powerful earthquake.NPR Bestseller

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The Hare

The Hare

by Cesar Aira

Paperback, 218 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $14.95, published July 25 2013 | purchase
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  • Cesar Aira

Clarke, a 19th-century English naturalist, roams the pampas in search of that most elusive and rare animal: the Legibrerian hare, whose defining quality seems to be its ability to fly. The Hare offers reflections on love, Victorian-era colonialism, and the many ambiguities of language.

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Meet Josefina, an American Girl

Meet Josefina, an American Girl

by Susan McAliley, Valerie Tripp and Jean-Paul Tibbles

Paperback, 85 pages, Amer Girl Pub, $6.95, published September 1 1997 | purchase
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Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

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Marisol

Marisol

by Gary Soto

Paperback, 147 pages, Amer Girl Pub, $6.95, published December 20 2004 | purchase
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  • Gary Soto

When her parents move away from their close-knit central Chicago neighborhood and thus her dance classes, Marisol — a lively 10-year-old who loves to dance — realizes that she can keep her passion for dancing no matter where she lives.

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The People of Forever are Not Afraid

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

by Shani Boianjiu

Paperback, 354 pages, Random Hous, Inc., $14, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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  • Shani Boianjiu

Three young women in Israel are conscripted into the army and struggle to stay friends as they see their lives change in unpredictable ways.

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How Should a Person Be?

How Should A Person Be?

by Sheila Heti

Paperback, 320 pages, St. Martin's Press, $16, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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  • Sheila Heti

Facing a creative dilemma after a failed marriage, Sheila gathers inspiration from a depraved and free-spirited artist who becomes her lover. Based on incidents from the author's true life, this fictional tale combines literary observations, self-help advice and unstinting confessions.

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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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Devil in a Blue Dress

Devil in a Blue Dress

An Easy Rawlins Mystery

by Walter Mosley

Paperback, 263 pages, Pocket Books, $15, published September 24 2002 | purchase
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  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • Walter Mosley

Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs....

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How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill

Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill

by James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts and Laura Park

Hardcover, 309 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14, published June 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill
  • James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, et al

When Rafe Khatchadorian is sent to Camp Wannamorra, he teams up with his bunk mates to fend off the more "popular" kids' plans to ruin their summer.

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We Are For the Dark

We Are For The Dark

by Robert Aickman and Elizabeth Jane Howard

Hardcover, 258, Tartarus Press, £32.50, published November 12 2011 | purchase
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Glory Be

Glory Be

by Augusta Scattergood

Hardcover, 202 pages, Scholastic, $16.99, published January 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Augusta Scattergood

Longing to return to the days when her sister had more time and her best friendship with Frankie was less complicated, Glory, of 1964 Mississippi, meets a new girl from the North who riles up a community debate about whether or not to keep the segregated public pool open.

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We are all completely beside ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

by Karen Joy Fowler

Paperback, 310 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Karen Joy Fowler

Eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of a chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.NPR Bestseller

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