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A Novel

by Stephane Michaka

Hardcover, 202 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Stephane Michaka

A tale inspired by the life of writer Raymond Carver traces a passionate writer's intense first marriage, supportive second marriage, escalating conflict with his editor and sober final decade during which he strives to have his stories published as written.

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The Daughters of Mars

The Daughters of Mars

by Thomas Keneally

Hardcover, 544 pages, Pocket Books, $28, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Thomas Keneally

Joining the war effort as nurses in 1915, two spirited Australian sisters, carrying a guilty secret, become the friends they never were at home. They find themselves courageous in the face of extreme danger as they serve alongside remarkable women during the first World War.

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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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The Twelve Rooms of the Nile

The Twelve Rooms Of The Nile

by Enid Shomer

Paperback, 449 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Enid Shomer

Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert meet on a mid-19-century journey up the Nile and become unlikely soul mates.

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Life Among Giants

Life Among Giants

by Bill Roorbach

Paperback, 368 pages, Algonquin Books, $14.95, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Bill Roorbach

A star quarterback and his sister spend decades investigating their parents' murder, including the possible motives of a ballerina and her rock star husband who lived across the street.

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Fallen Land

Fallen Land

by Patrick Flanery

Hardcover, 406 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published August 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Patrick Flanery

Buying a foreclosure in a half-finished luxury suburb, a family from Boston hopes for a new start in the Midwest, but are influenced by the violent history of the farmland that was developed for the subdivision.

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Rose Harbor in Bloom

Rose Harbor in Bloom

by Debbie Macomber

Hardcover, 322 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • Debbie Macomber

Jo Marie Rose welcomes a new set of guests to the Rose Harbor Inn, including a cancer survivor who regrets ending a relationship with the one man she truly loved and a woman who remembers her own broken engagement while planning an anniversary celebration for her grandparents.

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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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A Gesture Life

A Gesture Life

by Chang-rae Lee

Hardcover, 480 pages, Wheeler Pub Inc, $29.95, published December 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Chang-rae Lee

Franklin Hata, a Japanese man of Korean birth living in suburban New York, seems on the surface to be living a quiet and harmonious life, but he remains tormented by his wartime love for a Korean comfort woman.

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Maggie, a Girl of the Streets

Maggie, a Girl of the Streets

by Stephen Crane

Paperback, 158 pages, Lightning Source Inc, $20.75, published May 30 2009 | purchase
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Call It Sleep

Call It Sleep

by Henry Roth

Paperback, 462 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published July 1 2005 | purchase
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  • Henry Roth

An imaginative young boy, David Schearl grows up and comes of age in a candid portrayal of Jewish life in the immigrant tenements of New York, in a novel first published in 1934.

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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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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 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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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 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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Dear Life

Dear Life

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by Alice Munro

Paperback, 319 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Hardcover, 272 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $27.95, published August 1 2013 | purchase
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Bogota resident Antonio Yammara reflects on a mid-20th-century uprising between Pablo Escobar's drug cartel and government forces that trapped Pablo's community in a nightmarish existence and culminated in a friend's murder.NPR Bestseller

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Sons

& Sons

by David Gilbert

Hardcover, 434 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published July 23 2013 | purchase
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  • David Gilbert

A famous reclusive writer and his three sons find their bond tested by the weight of long-held secrets and a cumbersome legacy shaped by boarding school, Hollywood and the elite circles of the publishing world.NPR Bestseller

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Snow Hunters

Snow Hunters

by Paul Yoon

Hardcover, 196 pages, Simon & Schuster, $22, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Paul Yoon

A North Korean war refugee seeking a new life in a port town on the coast of Brazil longs to connect with four people who slip in and out of his life, but must confront his traumatic past so he might let go and move on.

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J is for Judgment

J is for Judgment

by Sue Grafton

Paperback, 375 pages, St Martins Pr, $7.99, published December 2 2008 | purchase
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  • Sue Grafton

While investigating the reappearance of Wendell Jaffe, who has been presumed dead for five years, Kinsey Millhone uncovers some unpleasant truths about her own family.

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W Is for Wasted

W Is for Wasted

by Sue Grafton

Hardcover, 400 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Sue Grafton

Kinsey Millhone investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths: a local, shady PI and a John Doe on the beach.NPR Bestseller

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Wonder

Wonder

by R.J. Palacio

Paperback, 320 pages, Gardners Books, $11.80, published January 3 2013 | purchase
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  • R.J. Palacio

Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, August "Auggie" Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different in this tale about acceptance, self-esteem and the transformative power of human kindness.

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Happiness, Like Water

Happiness, Like Water

Stories

by Chinelo Okparanta

Paperback, 196 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • Chinelo Okparanta

Presents a collection of short stories centering around Nigerian women as they build lives out of hope, faith, and doubt, following such characters as a young woman faced with a dangerous decision to save her mother and a woman in love with another despite the penalties.

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