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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

by Robert Galbraith

Hardcover, 455 pages, Little Brown & Co, $26, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Robert Galbraith

Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel's suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multimillionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers and hedonist pursuits. Author Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. 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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Night Film

Night Film

by Marisha Pessl

Hardcover, 512 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Marisha Pessl

When the daughter of an enigmatic cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death. He finds himself drawn into the director's eerie world in this new novel by the author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics.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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The Bone Season

The Bone Season

by Samantha Shannon

Hardcover, 466 pages, St Martins Pr, $24, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Samantha Shannon

In the mid-21st century, major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force. Clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race.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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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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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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Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

by David Rakoff

Hardcover, 160 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • David Rakoff

An edgy novel in verse traverses the experiences of characters linked by acts of generosity or cruelty throughout major historical events of the 20th century.NPR Bestseller

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The Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Bird

by James McBride

Downloadable Audio, (14 hr., 34 min.), Penguin USA, $39.95, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • James McBride

Henry is a young slave living in the mid-19th-century Kansas Territory whose life takes a major turn when he meets the legendary abolitionist John Brown — who mistakes Henry for a girl. Henry continues to hide his true identity for his own safety as he travels with Brown's militia, through the historic 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry.NPR Bestseller

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The Infatuations

The Infatuations

by Javier Marias and Margaret Jull Costa

Hardcover, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • Javier Marias and Margaret Jull Costa

Maria Dolz breakfasts daily at a Madrid cafe where she fantasizes about her fellow patrons' idyllic marriage. But when she offers condolences to a widow whose husband has been shockingly murdered, she finds herself in a new relationship and with disturbing insights into the crime.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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Wool

WOOL

by Hugh Howey

Paperback, 508 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Hugh Howey

In a future toxic landscape, a community that lives in an underground silo is rocked by the desire of Sheriff Holston, who has upheld the group's rules for years, to go outside, setting in motion events that kindle the fire of revolution.

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The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

by Bob Shacochis

Hardcover, 715 pages, Pgw, $28, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Bob Shacochis

During the late 1990s, humanitarian lawyer Tom Harrington travels to Haiti to investigate the murder of a beautiful photojournalist named Jackie Scott during a time of brutal guerrilla warfare and civilian kidnappings.

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The Duke's Children

The Duke's Children

by Anthony Trollope

Paperback, 667 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $11.95, published December 15 2008 | purchase
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Pale Horses

Pale Horses

by Jassy Mackenzie

Hardcover, 297 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Jassy Mackenzie

When the partner of a base jumper who fell to her death insists that the fatal fall was not accidental, Jade de Jong, despairing of her relationship with police superintendent David Patel, learns that a sustainable farming community linked to the victim has suffered a suspicious outbreak of dangerous illnesses.

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Random Violence

Random Violence

A Jade de Jong Investigation

by Jassy Mackenzie

Hardcover, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published April 1 2010 | purchase
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  • A Jade de Jong Investigation
  • Jassy Mackenzie

Returning to South Africa after living in England for 10 years following her policeman father's murder, P.I. Jade de Jong agrees to help her father's former partner. Together they investigate a series of carjacking cases and she discovers a pattern that may have a link to her father's death.

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Stolen Lives

Stolen Lives

by Jassy Mackenzie

Hardcover, 313 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published April 19 2011 | purchase
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  • Jassy Mackenzie

Jade de Jong gets sucked down into the dark world of human trafficking when she finds a connection between the attempted killings of a wealthy couple and the kidnapping of the son of her lover, police superintendent David Patel.

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The Fallen

The Fallen

A Jade de Jong Investigation

by Jassy Mackenzie

Hardcover, 310 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published April 10 2012 | purchase
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  • A Jade de Jong Investigation
  • Jassy Mackenzie

When Jade de Jong's romantic relationship with police superintendent David Patel ends while on vacation in St. Lucia, she hardly has time to rebound before a local is found dead, and the two must put aside their differences to find the killer.

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Duplex

Duplex

by Kathryn Davis

Hardcover, 195 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $24, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Kathryn Davis

In the duplex, a magical doorway to the past and future, human and robot, and space and time, Mary and Eddie, existing in an eternal present, are meant for each other, but discover that love is no guarantee when the past and future fold into each other after the arrival of a sorcerer.

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At the Bottom of Everything

At the Bottom of Everything

by Ben Dolnick

Hardcover, 239 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Ben Dolnick

Estranged from a best friend after a shadowy incident ten years earlier, lonely tutor Adam longs for a more meaningful life before an entreaty from his best friend's mother draws him back to his past world, where he embarks on a hallucinatory quest for redemption.

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The Return

The Return

by Michael Gruber

Hardcover, 366 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Michael Gruber

When a shattering piece of news awakens his buried desire for vengeance, Richard Marder, with nothing left to lose, sets out to punish the people whose actions years earlier changed his life.

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Someone

Someone

by Alice McDermott

Hardcover, 288 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $25, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Alice McDermott

The National Book Award-winning author chronicles the ordinary life of a woman named Marie, from her childhood to old age, as she experiences the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn.NPR Bestseller

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The Maid's Version

The Maid's Version

by Daniel Woodrell

Hardcover, 176 pages, Little Brown & Co, $25, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Daniel Woodrell

In 1929, Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the maid for a prominent family in Missouri, chases down justice after her younger sister is one of 42 people killed in a mysterious explosion at a local dance hall.

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The Fields

The Fields

by Kevin Maher

Hardcover, 390 pages, Little Brown & Co, $26, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • Kevin Maher

A teenager in 1980s Dublin becomes involved with a gorgeous older girl but also suffers abuse by a local priest.

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The Silence and the Roar

The Silence and the Roar

by Nihad Sirees

Paperback, 154 pages, Random House Inc, $13.95, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Nihad Sirees

When Fathi Chin, a banned author living in a Middle Eastern country resembling Syria, helps a student being beaten by the police, his ID papers are confiscated. To retreive them, Fathi enters an ever-widening bureaucratic labyrinth, with only his sense of irony to protect him against the irrationality of the government employees.

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