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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 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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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 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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A Thousand Pardons

A Thousand Pardons

by Jonathan Dee

Paperback, 224 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Jonathan Dee

Forced back into the working world after her lawyer husband's downfall, Helen discovers a talent for public relations and is tempted away from her dysfunctional family by her childhood crush, who needs her professional assistance.

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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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  • Meg Wolitzer

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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The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

by Kristopher Jansma

Hardcover, 254 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Kristopher Jansma

This novel's unreliable narrator is an aspiring author haunted by the successes of a long-time rival and unable to let go of his love for a woman who got away. Names and identities shift in this elaborate tale, but the narrator's competition with his friend and love for the woman remain constant. Determined to discover and tell the truth about the trio's falling out, Jansma's narrator travels the world, writing and losing manuscripts as he struggles to untangle a complicated web of lies.

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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe

Paperback, 209 pages, Random House Inc, $11, published October 1 1994 | purchase
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  • Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world. The second concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries.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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  • 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 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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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

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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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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Where Tigers Are at Home

Where Tigers Are at Home

by Jean-marie Blas De Robles

Hardcover, 817 pages, Other Press, $32.50, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Jean-marie Blas De Robles

A writer's family life unravels when he begins editing an odd, unpublished biography: His ex-wife embarks on a dangerous geological expedition, his daughter travels on sexually charged trips and the writer himself descends into madness. Translated by Mike Mitchell.

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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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This Close

This Close

Stories

by Jessica Francis Kane

Paperback, 179 pages, Graywolf Press, $15, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Stories
  • Jessica Francis Kane

This collection of 13 stories, some interwoven and some stand-alone, considers the complexities of human relationships.

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