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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia

by Mohsin Hamid

Paperback, 222 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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Mohsin Hamid's novel takes its structure from the genre of self-help tutorials. Chapter 1: Move to the City. Chapter 2: Get an Education. Chapter 3: Don't Fall in Love. But the book's nameless protagonist, who transforms from rural peasant to corporate tycoon, fails to follow this last directive — after all, the dogged pursuit of success doesn't happen in a vacuum.NPR Bestseller

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Middle C

Middle C

by William H. Gass

Paperback, 395 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published December 3 2013 | purchase
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  • William H. Gass

Born in Austria and raised in Ohio, Joseph Skizzen lives an uneventful life; you might even call it insignificant. But in his own mind, he is the great Professor Skizzen, charged with cataloging the many sins and shortcomings of humanity. In his first novel in almost two decades, Gass explores an introvert's inner life, deploying his characteristically dense prose to probe and blur the tentative line between fantasy and self.

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The Red House

The Red House

by Mark Haddon

Paperback, 264 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon peers inside the messy dynamics of a group of relatives, each grappling with their own fears and trying to make sense of themselves as a family, all while stuck in a vacation house in the remote English countryside. The Red House braids together themes of sexual identity, parental insecurity and sibling rivalry.NPR Bestseller

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The Watch

The Watch

by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Paperback, 318 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Nizam, a disabled Pashtun woman, pushes her cart toward an American military base where she seeks permission to bury her brother, Yusuf. But the base's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when soldiers begin arguing about how to respond to her request. The Watch transposes Sophocles' Antigone to barren, present-day Kandahar.

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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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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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State of Wonder

State Of Wonder

by Ann Patchett

Paperback, 353 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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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 Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

by Matthew Quick

Paperback, 289 pages, Sarah Crichton Books, $15, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Matthew Quick

Embracing a philosophy that life is a movie produced by God, neural health patient Pat Peoples endeavors to win back his estranged wife by making strategic sacrifices and coordinating their communications through a depressed widow. A first novel.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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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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Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior

by Barbara Kingsolver

Paperback, 433 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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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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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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Jacob's Folly

Jacob's Folly

by Rebecca Miller

Paperback, 384 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Rebecca Miller

A Parisian Jew who dies in 1773 reappears in the 21st century as a housefly who can read minds and will people to do his bidding. Jacob's Folly veers between 18th century France and a present-day Long Island family of Orthodox Jews.

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The Silence and the Roar

The Silence and the Roar

by Nihad Sirees

Paperback, 154 pages, Random House Inc, $13.95, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Nihad Sirees

When Fathi Chin, a banned author living in a Middle Eastern country resembling Syria, helps a student being beaten by the police, his ID papers are confiscated. To retreive them, Fathi enters an ever-widening bureaucratic labyrinth, with only his sense of irony to protect him against the irrationality of the government employees.

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Norumbega Park

Norumbega Park

by Anthony Giardina

Paperback, 325 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Anthony Giardina

One night in 1969, Richie Palumbo gets lost while driving home with his family and finds himself in Norumbega — a hidden, remote and gorgeous town at the far edges of Boston's western suburbs. He sees an old house and, without quite knowing why, decides he must have it. The repercussions of Richie's dream to own the house in Norumbega lead to a 40-year odyssey for his family, involving his promiscuous son's unrequited love, his daughter's pursuit of a contemplative life and his wife's spiritual and sexual growth.

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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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The Love Wife

The Love Wife

by Gish Jen

Paperback, 379 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published October 11 2005 | purchase
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The arrival of a "cousin" from mainland China, arranged by Mama Wong to serve ostensibly as a nanny, throws the household of Carnegie Wong, a second-generation Chinese American, his WASP wife Blondie, and their three children into turmoil. By the author of Mona in the Promised Land. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

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Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

Our Lady Of Alice Bhatti

by Mohammed Hanif

Paperback, 239 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Mohammed Hanif

The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments need a miracle, and Alice Bhatti may be just what they're looking for. She's the daughter of a part-time healer in the French Colony, Karachi's infamous Christian slum, and it seems she has, unhappily, inherited his part-time gift. With a bit of begrudging but inspired improvisation, Alice begins to bring succor to patients in the overflowing hospital.

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Enchantments

Enchantments

by Kathryn Harrison

Paperback, 329 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin's body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his 18-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin's healing powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to her son, the headstrong prince, Alyosha, who suffers from hemophilia. Soon after Masha arrives at the palace, the Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha find solace in each other's company.

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Philida

Philida

by Andre Philippus Brink

Paperback, 310 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Andre Philippus Brink

When her master's son, the father of her four children, reneges on his promise to free her in 1832 South Africa, Philida, a slave, lodges a complaint against the family. After being sold to a new owner, she journeys to the north of Cape Town, where she tests the limits of her freedom.

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