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The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Paperback, 243 pages, St Martins Pr, $14, published April 27 2009 | purchase
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  • Jeffrey Eugenides

A tale set in 1970s suburbia follows the experiences of a group of men whose lives have been irrevocably changed by their obsessions with five doomed sisters, a sibling group that committed a dramatic mass suicide. Reprint.

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By Blood

By Blood

by Ellen Ullman

Paperback, 378 pages, Picador, $16, published December 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Ellen Ullman

Taking a downtown office to plot his comeback in tumultuous 1970s San Francisco, a disgraced professor eavesdrops on a woman's therapy sessions and becomes enraptured by her struggles with identity and ongoing search for her war-torn Jewish-German birth family.

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From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant

From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant

by Alex Gilvarry

Paperback, 302 pages, Penguin Books, $16, published December 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Alex Gilvarry

Relocating to New York after finishing design school, Boyet Hernandez embarks on a promising career only to be wrongly accused of terrorist ties and locked up indefinitely in a tiny cell where he frantically prepares for a trial.

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Gilead

Gilead

by Marilynne Robinson

Hardcover, 247 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $23, published November 19 2004 | purchase
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  • Marilynne Robinson

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable secrets about the family of preachers. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.Literary Award Winner

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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 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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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 Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

by Ayana Mathis

Paperback, 243 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Ayana Mathis

In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.NPR Bestseller

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NW

NW

by Zadie Smith

Hardcover, 401 pages, Penguin Press, $26.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Zadie Smith

Growing up in the same 1970s urban planning development in Northwest London, four young people pursue independent and reasonably successful lives until one of them is abruptly drawn out of her isolation by a stranger who is seeking her help.NPR Bestseller

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The Children of Men

The Children of Men

by P.D. James

Paperback, 241 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published May 16 2006 | purchase
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  • P.D. James

In 2021, with the human race becoming extinct because of the infertility of all males, Oxford historian Theodore Faron is drawn into the schemes of an unlikely group of revolutionaries out to save society. Reissue. (A Universal Pictures/Strike Entertainment film, releasing December 2006, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Charlie Hunnam, Michael Caine, & Chiwetel Ejiofor) (Science Fiction)

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Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel

Paperback, 604 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published August 31 2010 | purchase
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  • Hilary Mantel

Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter's efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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State of Wonder

State Of Wonder

by Ann Patchett

Paperback, 353 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • Ann Patchett

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years — a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.NPR Bestseller

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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense Of An Ending

by Julian Barnes

Paperback, 163 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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  • Julian Barnes

Tony Webster is a retired divorced man in his mid-60s who, after receiving notice of an unexpected bequest, is pulled back into a "powerful recollection of strong emotions" from his past. This leads to a reassessment of the accuracy of his memories, a rueful realization of how much he'd gotten wrong, and a harsh re-evaluation of his passive approach to life.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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The Marriage Plot

The Marriage Plot

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Paperback, 406 pages, Picador, $16, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Jeffrey Eugenides

Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while an old friend resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.NPR Bestseller

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The Odds

The Odds

by Stewart O'Nan

Hardcover, 179 pages, Viking Adult, $25.95, published January 19 2012 | purchase
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  • Stewart O'Nan

Struggling with job losses, the imminent foreclosure of their home and a floundering marriage, Art and Marion Fowler liquidate their savings and reserve the bridal suite at a Niagara Falls casino, where they make high-risk bets in the hopes of fixing their finances.

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The News from Spain

The News from Spain

7 Variations on a Love Story

by Joan Wickersham

Hardcover, 208 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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  • 7 Variations on a Love Story
  • Joan Wickersham

A virtuosic collection of stories that explores the power of love and the impossibility of controlling or understanding it features characters from various times and regions, from Mozart's 18th-century collaboration with librettist Da Ponte to a 1940s love triangle involving a doctor, a journalist and a President's wife. By the National Book Award finalist author of The Suicide Index. 25,000 first printing.

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The Middlesteins

The Middlesteins

by Jami Attenberg

Paperback, 287 pages, Grand Central Pub, $15, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Jami Attenberg

Edie Middlestein equates food with love. But by the time her husband walks out and leaves her reeling, her weight has ballooned to more than 300 pounds. In this darkly comic novel, Edie's children try to take control of their mother's food obsession in order to save her life. But the siblings have very different personalities. Between Robin's drinking problem and Benny's perfectionist wife, will they be able to save their mother from her eating disorder? And can this dysfunctional family get their act together in time to do a hip-hop routine at the grandkids' bar and bat mitzvahs?

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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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Homestead

Homestead

by Rosina Lippi

Paperback, 210 pages, Lightning Source Inc, $13.95, published May 15 1999 | purchase
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  • Rosina Lippi

Follows the passions and fortunes of three neighboring families living in a tiny remote village in the Austrial Alps from 1909 to the late 1970s

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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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Between Heaven and Here

Between Heaven and Here

by Susan Straight

Hardcover, 234 pages, McSweeney's, $24, published September 12 2012 | purchase
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  • Susan Straight

When Glorette Picard is found dead in an alley, those who knew her struggle to come to terms with her death and discover the killer, all the while finding out how intertwined her life and death was with the dark history of her city, Rio Seco.

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A Possible Life

A Possible Life

A Novel in Five Parts

by Sebastian Faulks

Paperback, 287 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published November 26 2013 | purchase
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  • A Novel in Five Parts
  • Sebastian Faulks

A young intelligence officer endures a Nazi concentration camp; an orphan in rural France faces a few profound decisions; a music producer in the 1970s falls in love with a singer who breaks his heart; a man in a Victorian poorhouse remembers with sadness the son he gave away; and a lonely Italian neuroscientist makes a revolutionary discovery — humans have no souls. Out of these five interconnected stories, Sebastian Faulks weaves a novel that explores the changing dimensions of what makes a self.

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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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  • Robin Sloan

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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