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The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

Paperback, 332 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Strout

Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, two brothers confront painful issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their lives. NPR Bestseller

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The Woman Upstairs

The Woman Upstairs

by Claire Messud

Paperback, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Claire Messud

Nora is a reclusive schoolteacher whose dreams of being an artist have been suppressed. She is seething inside with rage and resentment, but she manages keeps her anger in until she meets another woman who has everything she does not: a husband, a child and a successful art career. And then everything begins to unravel.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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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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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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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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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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Red Moon

Red Moon

by Benjamin Percy

Hardcover, 544 pages, Grand Central Pub, $25.99, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Benjamin Percy

On the eve of the emergence of a new and unrecognizable world that will challenge the existence of humanity, a group of people begin to notice they are different from everyone else.

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Pacific

Pacific

by Tom Drury

Hardcover, 194 pages, Grove Press, $25, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Tom Drury

In Los Angeles to reunite with the mother who abandoned him seven years ago, 14-year-old Micah Darling finds himself way out of his league. Meanwhile, back home in the Midwest, his half-sister Lyris and their father Tiny find their lives unsettled by the arrival of an ethereal young woman.

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You Are One Of Them

You Are One of Them

by Elliott Holt

Hardcover, 304 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published May 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Elliott Holt

A first novel by a Pushcart Prize-winning writer traces the friendship between all-American girl Jenny and Sarah, the shy daughter of troubled parents, during the height of the Cold War. Their bond is nearly shattered by Jenny's unexpected fame and by a plane crash that Sarah learns a decade later might have been a hoax.

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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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Stoner

Stoner

by John Edward Williams

Paperback, 278 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published June 20 2006 | purchase
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  • John Edward Williams

William Stoner, born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family, falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life. As the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments, including a marriage that estranges him from his parents, a stymied career and a love that ends under threat of scandal, causing him to rediscover the stoic silence of his forebears.

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Three Strong Women

Three Strong Women

by Marie NDiaye

Paperback, 293 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Marie NDiaye

Marie NDiaye's novel follows the stories of three women who discover the power of saying no. Norah, a lawyer born in France, must travel to Senegal to save a victim of her tyrannical father; Fanta, a Dakar teacher, finds her happiness thwarted by a depressed boyfriend; and Khady, a penniless widow, is desperate to escape homelessness. Between Africa and Europe, these women discover their strength. Translated by John Fletcher.

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The Mothers

The Mothers

by Jennifer Gilmore

Hardcover, 277 pages, Scribner, $17.85, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Jennifer Gilmore

Applying for an open adoption after several unsuccessful years of trying to conceive, Jesse and Ramon are disheartened by the bureaucratic labyrinth of red tape, training sessions, and approvals they endure.

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