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Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

Hardcover, 531 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of The Shining with the story of a middle-aged Dan Torrance. Now an itinerant alcoholic himself, Dan uses his remnant powers to help a 12-year-old girl who is being tortured by a tribe of murderous paranormals.NPR Bestseller

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Rasl

RASL

by Jeff Smith

Hardcover, 468 pages, Cartoon Books, $23.97, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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In this collection of Jeff Smith's comics series, art thief Rasl conducts his work by phasing between dimensions — at a great price.

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Seiobo There Below

Seiobo There Below

by Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Paperback, 440 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $17.95, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Laszlo Krasznahorkai

In Seiobo There Below, the goddess Seiobo returns to mortal realms in search of perfection. An ancient Buddha being restored; Perugino managing his workshop; a Japanese Noh actor rehearsing; a fanatic of Baroque music lecturing to a handful of old villagers; tourists intruding into the rituals of Japan's most sacred shrine; a heron hunting — Seiobo overs over it all, watching closely.

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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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Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

Paperback, 468 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Michael Chabon

Two longtime friends and bandmates are co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl. Their wives are the Berkeley Birth Partners, two semi-legendary midwives. When an ex–NFL quarterback announces plans to build his latest megastore nearby, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their little enterprise. Meanwhile, their wives also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence.NPR Bestseller

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This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Diaz

Paperback, 217 pages, Riverhead Trade, $16, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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Junot Diaz tracks protagonist Yunior's struggles with fidelity, beginning with his cheating on his girlfriend and ending with his cheating on his fiancee with 50 different women.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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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 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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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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  • 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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Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

by Thomas Pynchon

Hardcover, 477 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Thomas Pynchon

Maxine Tarnow is an average New Yorker, a not-totally separated mother of two who owns a fraud investigation agency called "Tail 'Em and Nail 'Em." After looking into the finances of Gabriel Ice, a billionaire computer geek, she gets involved in a shady and eccentric underworld — one full of classic Pynchonian absurdity. NPR Bestseller

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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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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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MaddAddam

MaddAddam

by Margaret Atwood

Hardcover, 394 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Margaret Atwood

MaddAddam -- a conclusion to the trilogy that started with Oryx and Crake — finds Toby and Ren returning to the MaddAddamite cob house after rescuing Amanda. They assume the duties of the Craker's religious overseers while Zeb searches for the founder of the pacifist green religion he left years earlier.NPR Bestseller

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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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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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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 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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Dissident Gardens

by Jonathan Lethem

Hardcover, 366 pages, Random House, $27.95, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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Lethem's multigenerational saga focuses on two extraordinary women: Rose, a tyrannical Communist who terrorizes her neighborhood with her absolute beliefs, and her daughter Miriam, who embraces the counterculture of Greenwich Village.NPR Bestseller

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How the Light Gets In

How the Light Gets In

by Louise Penny

Hardcover, 405 pages, St Martins Pr, $25.99, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • Louise Penny

Struggling to maintain the Homicide group during the holiday season in the wake of interdepartmental estrangements, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache quietly investigates the disappearance of a once-famous mad poet.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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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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Blowback

Blowback

by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett

Hardcover, 324 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett

Narrowly escaping a sniper attack that leaves a key informant dead, covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson resolves to capture the nuclear arms dealer behind the killing and defies orders by involving a fellow officer with whom she is romantically linked.

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World Light

World Light

by Halldor Laxness

Paperback, 605 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published October 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Halldor Laxness

Determined that he will someday be a great poet, Olaf Karason pursues his dream in the face of the contempt and indifference of the people around him, taking up a life of poverty, loneliness, failed love affairs and sexual scandal as he journeys across Iceland to seek his goal. Translated by Magnus Magnusson.

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Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses

by Per Petterson

Paperback, 238 pages, St Martins Pr, $14, published April 29 2008 | purchase
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After a meeting with his only neighbor, sixty-seven-year-old Trond is forced to reflect upon a long-ago incident that marks the beginning of a series of losses for Trond and his childhood friend, Jon.

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Wonderful Women by the Sea

Wonderful Women by the Sea

A Novel

by Monika Fagerholm

Paperback, 330 pages, Perseus Distribution Services, $15.95, published September 1 1998 | purchase
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  • Monika Fagerholm

Rosa and Isabella, two young Americanized women in Finland, cannot avoid the social and political upheaval of 1968 that brings an end to the innocence of the 1960s. Translated by Joan Tate.

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hardcover, 374 pages, Scholastic, $18.99, published October 1 2008 | purchase
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  • Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.

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Divergent

Divergent

by Veronica Roth

Paperback, 72 pages, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

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Debutante Hill

Debutante Hill

by Lois Duncan

Paperback, 200 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $12.95, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Lois Duncan

Originally published in 1958, Lois Duncan's Debutante Hill may be unfamiliar to readers who mostly know her later thrillers like Down a Dark Hallway and I Know What You Did Last Summer. It's the tale of Lynn Chambers — pretty, popular and rich — who suddenly finds herself an outsider after her father forbids her to be a debutante.

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The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days

The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days

by Ian Frazier

Paperback, 244 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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This mercurial mother of two likes her scotch. She also enjoys a martini — or four — and a good afternoon soak in the bathtub, even if it means occasionally ignoring the plaintive knocks of her children locked outside. Humorist Ian Frazier delivers her diary of one turbulent year in The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days. Prepare for a good deal of artful swearing in this daybook.

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In Sunlight and in Shadow

In Sunlight And In Shadow

by Mark Helprin

Paperback, 705 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Mark Helprin

Harry Copeland and Catherine Thomas Hale find each other on the ride back from Staten Island. She's an heiress and an actress, and he's a former World War II paratrooper with a leather factory left to him by his father. They fall in love immediately, but the world Harry Copeland helped save can still be cruel, and he's forced to fall back on the friendships and proficiencies he gained in war to try to survive in peace.NPR Bestseller

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The Signature of All Things

The Signature Of All Things

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Hardcover, 501 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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The Signature of All Things traces the multigenerational saga of the Whittaker family, whose progenitor makes a fortune in the quinine trade before his daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution while falling in love with an artist.NPR Bestseller

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The Republic of Thieves

The Republic of Thieves

by Scott Lynch

Hardcover, 576 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Scott Lynch

Con man Locke Lamora's latest scrapes with fellow Gentleman Bastard Jean Tannen give way to an increasingly audacious resolve to have an incredibly good time while robbing the world blind.

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The Pure Gold Baby

The Pure Gold Baby

by Margaret Drabble

Hardcover, 291 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Margaret Drabble

After Jessica Speight's promising career in 1960s London is interrupted by an affair with a married professor that renders her a single mother, she faces wrenching questions about responsibility, potential and compassion when her sunny child reveals unique needs.

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The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October

by Tom Clancy

Paperback, 654 pages, Berkley Pub Group, $9.99, published September 7 2010 | purchase
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  • Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy's first bestseller is a tense Cold War standoff in which the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. race to track down a runaway nuclear sub whose captain has decided to defect.

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The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Hardcover, 295 pages, Simon & Schuster, $24, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Graeme Simsion

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

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