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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 Silver Star

The Silver Star

by Jeannette Walls

Hardcover, 269 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Jeannette Walls

Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of 12, Bean and her older sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience.NPR Bestseller

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Transatlantic

TransAtlantic

by Colum McCann

Hardcover, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Colum McCann

A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Sen. George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women.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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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls

by Anton Disclafani

Hardcover, 390 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $27.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Anton Disclafani

Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her mysterious role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.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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  • 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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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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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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Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

A Novel

by Jessica Soffer

Hardcover, 317 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Jessica Soffer

Two women, one a daughter about to be sent off to boarding school, and the other, a widowed immigrant dealing with loss, find comfort and friendship connected by their love of food when they become friends in a Manhattan cooking class.

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Sons

& Sons

by David Gilbert

Hardcover, 434 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published July 23 2013 | purchase
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  • David Gilbert

A famous reclusive writer and his three sons find their bond tested by the weight of long-held secrets and a cumbersome legacy shaped by boarding school, Hollywood and the elite circles of the publishing world.NPR Bestseller

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Orphan Train

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Paperback, 304 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Christina Baker Kline

Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home. Molly discovers that she and Vivian are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past. NPR Bestseller

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The Blood of Heaven

The Blood of Heaven

by Kent Wascom

Hardcover, 457 pages, Grove Press, $25, published May 28 2013 | purchase
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  • Kent Wascom

After running away from home, Angel Woolsack, a preacher's son, settles on the rough frontier of West Florida where he is swept up in a violent new world as would-be revolutionaries plot to break away from the young United States and create a new country under the leadership of renegade Aaron Burr.

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Fever

Fever

by Mary Beth Keane

Paperback, 306 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Mary Beth Keane

Inspired by the woman known as Typhoid Mary, Fever traces the efforts of a headstrong Irish immigrant whose tenacity and talent for cooking gains her entry into upper-class kitchens. Then one day, the discovery that she's a disease carrier forces her into an isolation that she eventually defies with horrific results.

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Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

by David Rakoff

Hardcover, 160 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • David Rakoff

An edgy novel in verse traverses the experiences of characters linked by acts of generosity or cruelty throughout major historical events of the 20th century.NPR Bestseller

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The Panopticon

The Panopticon

by Jenni Fagan

Hardcover, 282 pages, Random House Inc, $22, published July 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Jenni Fagan

At a home for chronic offenders, 15-year-old foster child Anais becomes part of an ad hoc family. Together, they struggle against the adults that keep them confined.

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The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Hardcover, 272 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $27.95, published August 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Bogota resident Antonio Yammara reflects on a mid-20th-century uprising between Pablo Escobar's drug cartel and government forces that trapped Pablo's community in a nightmarish existence and culminated in a friend's murder.NPR Bestseller

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The Rest of Us

The Rest of Us

by Jessica Lott

Hardcover, 292 pages, Simon & Schuster, $24.99, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Jessica Lott

Years after an affair with her college professor compelled her to abandon her own art, Terry, who believed her ex had died, unexpectedly runs into him and pursues a healing friendship that renews her creative ambitions.

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The Art of Joy

The Art of Joy

by Goliarda Sapienza, Anne Milano Appel and Angelo Pellegrino

Hardcover, 560 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $30, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • The Art of Joy
  • Goliarda Sapienza, Anne Milano Appel, et al

A posthumous novel traces the events of the 20th century through the experiences of Sicilian-born Modesta, who defies the conventions of her fascist, patriarchal society to rise from poverty and marry an aristocrat without compromising her deeply held values.

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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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The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

by J.K. Rowling

Paperback, 512 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published July 23 2013 | purchase
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  • J.K. Rowling

The early death of a small-town councilman reveals deep-rooted conflicts in the seemingly idyllic community of Pagford. In the face of cultural disputes, generation clashes and a volatile election, Pagford's peaceful facade rapidly deteriorates.NPR Bestseller

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The Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master's Son

A Novel

by Adam Johnson

Paperback, 456 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Adam Johnson

Pak Jun Do, the son of an influential man who runs an orphan work camp, rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.NPR Bestseller

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A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King

by Dave Eggers

Paperback, 335 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Dave Eggers

Hounded by steep debts and a weird lump on his neck, consultant Alan Clay travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city to try to secure a contract and earn a desperately needed commission. If he can sell holographic technology to the Saudi king, he'll be able to stave off his economic woes — and hold his family together. Unsurprisingly, Clay is swept up from his tent in the desert into various Kafkaesque misadventures.NPR Bestseller

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith

Paperback, 493 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published February 1 2005 | purchase
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  • Betty Smith

Growing up in the dirty, crime-ridden tenements of Brooklyn in the early 1900s, Francie Nolan has to be tough to survive. Determined to become a writer, Francie fights her way out of the slums with the resilience of the "Tree of Heaven," a special tree that can grow and thrive even in the most inhospitable environments.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

Paperback, 323 pages, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, $14.99, published March 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Harper Lee

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from author Harper Lee explores racial tensions in the fictional "tired old town" of Maycomb, Ala., through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch. As her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout and her friends learn about the unjust treatment of African-Americans — and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.

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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 Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

by Adelle Waldman

Hardcover, 224 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $25, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Adelle Waldman

A rising star in Brooklyn's literary scene who is drawn to women in spite of commitment issues engages in lively intellectual conversations while considering relationships with three women who compel him to decide what he really wants out of life.

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The Goddess Chronicle

The Goddess Chronicle

by Natsuo Kirino

Hardcover, 312 pages, Pgw, $24, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Natsuo Kirino

Raised in her beautiful sister's shadow on a mystical island, headstrong Namima is ordained to guide the spirits of the dead to the underworld while her sister becomes her family's next oracle, a fate that guides her from her first experience of love to a scalding betrayal.

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