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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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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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Sylvia

Sylvia

by Leonard Michaels

Paperback, 129 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $14, published May 29 2007 | purchase
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  • Leonard Michaels

A young Manhattan couple struggles to survive in the early 1960s when they get caught up in drugs, sexual fantasias, paranoia, and self-destructive violence.

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The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun)

The Original of Laura

by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Paperback, 275 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

A landmark publication of the literary master's unfinished final work is a fragmented draft as hand-written on 138 index cards that were originally requested for destruction and have been released by his son. Edited by Dmitri Nabokov.

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The Past

The Past

by Neil Jordan

Paperback, 275 pages, Pgw, $15.95, published December 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Neil Jordan

Chronicles the story of a man searching for the truth about his parents' romantic and mysterious history, a tale he pieces together from the reminiscences of his mother's friend.

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Umbrella

Umbrella

by Will Self

Paperback, 448 pages, Grove Press, $17, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Will Self

Zachary Busner, a psychiatrist at a mental hospital in 1970s North London, investigates a group of unconscious patients called "enkies" who exhibit a peculiar type of physical tic.

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Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

by Juliann Garey

Paperback, 289 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Juliann Garey

Juliann Garey's debut novel centers on Greyson Todd, a successful studio executive who leaves his career and family. Wandering the world for a decade, he gives free rein to the bipolar disorder he had kept hidden for nearly 20 years. Todd's life is told in three interwoven timelines — the stories of his travels, his childhood and his marriage — all unraveling in the time it takes him to complete his electroshock treatments.

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Resurrection

Resurrection

by Leo Tolstoy, Richard F. Gustafson and Louise Shanks Maude

Paperback, 492 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $13.95, published August 29 2009 | purchase
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The Death of Bees

The Death of Bees

by Lisa O'Donnell

Hardcover, 311 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published January 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Lisa O'Donnell

Left on their own in Glasgow's Hazlehurst housing estate, Marnie and Nelly attempt to avoid suspicion after the mysterious death of their parents — at least until Marnie can become a legal guardian for her younger sister.

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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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Eleven Days

Eleven Days

by Lea Carpenter

Hardcover, 288 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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Lea Carpenter tells the story of a single mother whose Navy SEAL son is missing in action.

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A Marker to Measure Drift

by Alexander Maksik

Hardcover, 240 pages, Random House, $24.95, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Alexander Maksik

Alexander Maksik tells the story of Jacqueline, a young woman who exiles herself to a Greek island after suffering the horrors of Charles Taylor's Liberia.

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Taking What I Like

Taking What I Like

Stories

by Linda Bamber

Paperback, , David R Godine Publisher, $18.95, published April 1 2013 | purchase
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Othello is the only minority member of the department, so Desdemona, currently serving as department chair, is running an affirmative action search. Linda Bamber puts classical fiction characters in stories of modern-day life.

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Carry the One

Carry The One

by Carol Anshaw

Hardcover, 253 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published March 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Carol Anshaw

When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen's wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect and reconnect throughout 25 subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays and tragedies.NPR Bestseller

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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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