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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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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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San Miguel

San Miguel

by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Paperback, 367 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • T. Coraghessan Boyle

United by San Miguel, a weather-beaten island off the coast of California, three women struggle with brutal isolation around the turn of the twentieth century. These women — the wife of a Civil War veteran, her rebellious daughter and a librarian in love — confront the challenges of circumstance and the savagery of nature in a novel about the horrors and loves of a paradise lost and found in equal measure.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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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan

Paperback, 288 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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Out-of-work Web designer Clay Jannon copes with a layoff by taking a job at a used-book store in San Francisco. It's not long, though, before Clay discovers that his new workplace has more in store for him than books alone. Codes and secrets lead to one very weird book club in this debut novel by Robin Sloan.NPR Bestseller

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The Lowland

The Lowland

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Hardcover, 339 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Jhumpa Lahiri

Subhash and Udayan Mitra are brothers, and to say that they're close doesn't begin to describe their relationship. But their lives follow very different paths as Udayan marries young and becomes a radical in India's Communist Naxalite movement, while Subhash leaves his home country for school in Rhode Island. NPR Bestseller

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Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

by John Cleland

Paperback, 233 pages, Penguin Group USA, $8.95, published January 1 1986 | purchase
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  • John Cleland

Banned in the United States until 1966, Fanny Hill was once considered immoral and utterly lacking in literary merit. It's the rollicking tale of a naive young girl in 18th century London who falls into prostitution — and still ends up rich and happy. Today, Fanny Hill is considered an important work of political parody and sexual philosophy.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Complete Tales & Poems

by Edgar Allan Poe

Hardcover, 842 pages, Book Sales, $12.99, published April 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Complete Tales & Poems
  • Edgar Allan Poe

This comprehensive collection of the author's works includes such classics as "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Raven" and lesser-known works such as "Loss of Breath" and "Spirits of the Dead."

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From Norvelt to Nowhere

From Norvelt to Nowhere

by Jack Gantos

Hardcover, 278 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, PA, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental mentor, Miss Volker, on a cross-country run as she pursues the oddest of outlaws.

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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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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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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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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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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

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 Orchardist by Amanda Coblin.

The Orchardist

by Amanda Coplin

Paperback, 426 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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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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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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MaddAddam

MaddAddam

by Margaret Atwood

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

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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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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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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Enon

Enon

by Paul Harding

Hardcover, 224 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Paul Harding

Enon follows Charlie Crosby in the year after his daughter's sudden, tragic death.NPR Bestseller

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Nightmare Range

Nightmare Range

The Collected Sueno and Bascom Short Stories

by Martin Limon

Hardcover, 400 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • The Collected Sueno and Bascom Short Stories
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Nightmare Range is a collection of Martin Limón's award-winning short stories, featuring the heroes of his critically acclaimed crime novels. It includes pieces that have been published throughout the past 20 years in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock.

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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Hardcover, 328 pages, St Martins Pr, $18.99, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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Traveling Sprinkler

Traveling Sprinkler

by Nicholson Baker

Hardcover, 291 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Nicholson Baker

An accomplished poet tries his hand at songwriting, Quaker meetings and tobacco experiments while he copes with his ex-girlfriend's new relationship with a local NPR radio host.

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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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