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All That Is

All That Is

by James Salter

Paperback, 350 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • James Salter

After returning from World War II, former naval officer Philip Bowman finds a position as a book editor in New York and loses himself in a world of intimate connections and surprising triumphs, until he is betrayed by the woman he loves.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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Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation

by Jenny Offill

Hardcover, 176 pages, Random House Inc, $22.95, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Jenny Offill

An unflinching portrait of marriage features a heroine simply referred to as "the Wife," who transitions from an idealistic woman who once exchanged love letters with her husband and who confronts an array of universal difficulties.

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The Guts

The Guts

by Roddy Doyle

Hardcover, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 23 2014 | purchase
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  • Roddy Doyle

A follow-up to The Commitments finds a middle-aged Jimmy battling cancer and reconnecting with his musical past by tracking down the resurrected albums of old bands, practicing the trumpet, reuniting with his long-lost brother and rediscovering the joys of fatherhood.

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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 Dinner

The Dinner

by Herman Koch

Paperback, 309 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Herman Koch

Over dinner at an Amsterdam restaurant, two couples — brothers and their wives — discuss a terrible crime most likely committed by their sons. The crime is not yet public, but grainy video footage exists — and both sets of parents know it depicts their offspring. As the conversation deepens, one wrenching question gets clearer and more pressing by the moment: How far will each family go to protect those it loves?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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  • 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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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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Carthage

Carthage

by Joyce Carol Oates

Hardcover, 482 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published January 21 2014 | purchase
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  • Joyce Carol Oates

When his daughter goes missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks, Zeno Mayfield, along with the community of Carthage, frantically searches for her, but instead finds the unlikeliest of suspects--a decorated Iraq War veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family.

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Orfeo

Orfeo

by Richard Powers

Hardcover, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published January 20 2014 | purchase
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  • Richard Powers

An experimental composer becomes a fugitive after his home microbiology lab, set up to find music in surprising patterns, results in a Homeland Security raid.

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The Guest Cat

The Guest Cat

by Takashi Hiraide

Paperback, 144 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $14.95, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Takashi Hiraide

A couple in their 30s, living in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo, no longer have much to say to each other until a cat invites itself into their home, bringing joy and promise, until something happens. Original.

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One More Thing

One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories

by B. J. Novak

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Stories and Other Stories
  • B. J. Novak

A debut collection by a writer for the television series The Office includes the title story, in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.NPR Bestseller

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Perfect

Perfect

by Rachel Joyce

Hardcover, 385 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • Rachel Joyce

In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident on the English countryside in 1972, 12-year-old Byron Hemming struggles with events that his mother does not seem to remember and embarks on a journey to discover what really did or did not happen. By the best-selling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

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The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd

Hardcover, 373 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self. NPR Bestseller

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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Hardcover, 771 pages, Little Brown & Co, $30, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Donna Tartt

Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.NPR Bestseller

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The Luminaries

The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton

Hardcover, 834 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Eleanor Catton

In a coastal New Zealand town during the 1866 gold rush, prostitute Anna Wetherell is arrested on the same day that three men with various connections to her disappear.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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The Circle

The Circle

by Dave Eggers

Hardcover, 491 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Dave Eggers

Hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful Internet company, Mae Holland begins to question her luck as life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken and her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.NPR Bestseller

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On Such a Full Sea

On Such a Full Sea

by Chang-rae Lee

Hardcover, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Chang-rae Lee

In a class-divided future America where urban neighborhoods function as labor colonies for elite charter villages, Fan, a female fish-tank diver, embarks on what becomes a legendary quest to find the man she loves in a region overcome by anarchic forces. 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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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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Andrew's Brain

Andrew's Brain

by E. L. Doctorow

Hardcover, 200 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • E. L. Doctorow

In this deeply psychological tale, Andrew confesses to an unknown listener the memory- and truth-challenging events, loves and tragedies that have led him to a mysterious act.NPR Bestseller

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Trieste

Trieste

by Dasa Drndic

Hardcover, 359 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • Dasa Drndic

An old Italian woman seeks a reunion with her son, fathered by an SS officer and taken away by German authorities sixty-two years ago, while she remembers and discusses the atrocities committed in Northern Italy during World War II.

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