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Kinder Than Solitude

Kinder Than Solitude

by Yiyun Li

Hardcover, 312 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Yiyun Li

A tale set in America and China follows the experiences of three people who in their youths were involved in a mysterious accident that resulted in a friend's fatal poisoning and years later are haunted by the possibility that one of them actually committed a murder.

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All the Birds, Singing

All the Birds, Singing

by Evie Wyld

Hardcover, 231 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Evie Wyld

Living in voluntary isolation with only a disobedient collie and a flock of sheep for companions, a woman on a storm-battered British island struggles with memories about her haunted past and endures fear of an unknown assailant that has been targeting her sheep. By the award-winning author of After the Fire, a Still Small Voice. 30,000 first printing.

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In Paradise

In Paradise

by Peter Matthiessen

Hardcover, 246 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Peter Matthiessen

Joining a diverse group of visitors at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, Polish-American academic Clements Olin performs research while witnessing personal and political tensions erupting among his fellow participants.

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Shadow Country

Shadow Country

by Peter Matthiessen

Hardcover, 892 pages, Random House Inc, $40, published April 8 2008 | purchase
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  • Peter Matthiessen

A richly textured reworking of the author's classic trilogy--Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone by Bone--chronicles the legacy of E. J. Watson, a notorious desperado gunned down by his neighbors along the lawless nineteenth-century frontier of the Florida Everglades. 15,000 first printing.Literary Award Winner

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Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't

Stories

by Lydia Davis

Hardcover, 192 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Lydia Davis

The fifth collection by Lydia Davis,Can't and Won't includes pithy one-liners, exploratory observations and letters of complaint, including "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," in which a professor is stymied by her choices.

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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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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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Orphan Train

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Paperback, 304 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Christina Baker Kline

Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home. Molly discovers that she and Vivian are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past. NPR Bestseller

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Tenth of December

Tenth of December

by George Saunders

Paperback, 271 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • George Saunders

Syracuse University professor and one-time geological engineer George Saunders delivers a collection of fantastical stories, including "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.NPR Bestseller

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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

by Rachel Kushner

Paperback, 383 p., Simon & Schuster, $17, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • Rachel Kushner

It's the 1970s in New York, and the art world is a rollicking, raucous place full of odd characters and exciting ideas. A young woman, unnamed, though nicknamed Reno for her place of origin, arrives into this scene hoping for a creative career in SoHo. But she falls in love with the estranged son of an Italian motorcycle scion and follows him back to Italy, where she gets embroiled in a radical social movement.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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All Our Names

All Our Names

by Dinaw Mengestu

Hardcover, 255 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Dinaw Mengestu

Coming of age during an African revolution, a brilliant student-turned-fighter flees the escalating violence of his country to resettle in the U.S., where he is haunted by his past.

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The Corpse Washer

The Corpse Washer

by Sinan Antoon

Hardcover, 185 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $22, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Sinan Antoon

Born into a family of corpse washers, Jawad abandons tradition by enrolling in Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts to study sculpting, but the conditions caused by Saddam Hussein's oppressive rule force him to return home to the family business.

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Every Day Is for the Thief

Every Day Is for the Thief

by Teju Cole

Hardcover, 162 pages, Random House Inc, $23, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Teju Cole

Returning to Lagos after several years in New York City, a young Nigerian writer rediscovers his hometown as both a foreigner and a local while reconnecting with old friends, comparing Lagos to the home of his memory and realizing how he himself has changed.

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Falling Out of Time

Falling Out of Time

by David Grossman

Hardcover, 193 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • David Grossman

Announcing that he must embark on a journey in search of his dead son, a man walks in ever-widening circles around his town and beyond, picking up similarly bereaved companions with whom he explores questions about the potential for overcoming death and reconnecting with lost loved ones. Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen.

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The Blazing World

The Blazing World

by Siri Hustvedt

Hardcover, 357 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • Siri Hustvedt

A provocative tale told through a series of scholarly texts draws on notebooks and conflicting accounts about the life and work of an acclaimed artist who after years of being marginalized conceals her female identity behind three male fronts.

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Songs for the Missing

Songs for the Missing

by Stewart O'Nan

Hardcover, 287 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published October 30 2008 | purchase
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  • Stewart O'Nan

When a popular high-school student goes missing from her small Midwestern community, her loving parents, introverted sister, friends and boyfriend devote themselves to finding her.

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