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The Maid's Version

The Maid's Version

by Daniel Woodrell

Hardcover, 176 pages, Little Brown & Co, $25, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Daniel Woodrell

In 1929, Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the maid for a prominent family in Missouri, chases down justice after her younger sister is one of 42 people killed in a mysterious explosion at a local dance hall.

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The Fields

The Fields

by Kevin Maher

Hardcover, 390 pages, Little Brown & Co, $26, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • Kevin Maher

A teenager in 1980s Dublin becomes involved with a gorgeous older girl but also suffers abuse by a local priest.

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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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My Hollywood

My Hollywood

by Mona Simpson

Paperback, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published August 9 2011 | purchase
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  • Mona Simpson

Struggling with her television writer husband's long hours and her own lack of childcare experience, composer Claire hires Lola, a Filipino mother of five who would finance her children's educations and who becomes privately devoted to her employers. By the award-winning author of Anywhere but Here.

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Dissident Gardens

by Jonathan Lethem

Hardcover, 366 pages, Random House, $27.95, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Jonathan Lethem

Lethem's multigenerational saga focuses on two extraordinary women: Rose, a tyrannical Communist who terrorizes her neighborhood with her absolute beliefs, and her daughter Miriam, who embraces the counterculture of Greenwich Village.NPR Bestseller

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Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

Paperback, 468 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Michael Chabon

Two longtime friends and bandmates are co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl. Their wives are the Berkeley Birth Partners, two semi-legendary midwives. When an ex–NFL quarterback announces plans to build his latest megastore nearby, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their little enterprise. Meanwhile, their wives also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence.NPR Bestseller

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Someone

Someone

by Alice McDermott

Hardcover, 288 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $25, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Alice McDermott

The National Book Award-winning author chronicles the ordinary life of a woman named Marie, from her childhood to old age, as she experiences the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn.NPR Bestseller

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Nine Inches

Nine Inches

by Tom Perrotta

Hardcover, 246 pages, St Martins Pr, $25.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Tom Perrotta

A new collection by the author of The Leftovers focuses on suburban nuclear families who center on new protagonists and concerns, in a volume that includes the tales, "Senior Season," "Nine Inches" and the award-winning, "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face."

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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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Claire of the Sea Light

Claire of the Sea Light

by Edwidge Danticat

Hardcover, 208 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • Edwidge Danticat

When a vibrant 7-year-old disappears from her Haitian community at the same time her father agonizingly decides to give her up so that she can have a better life, an ensuing search reveals the stories of neighbors whose lives the child touched.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 Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

by Shirley Hazzard

Paperback, 352 pages, Gardners Books, $15.20, published October 5 1995 | purchase
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  • Shirley Hazzard

Two Australian sisters come to post-war England to seek their fortunes. Caro's life is one of passion and betrayal, while her sister Grace seems to have a happy marriage. Over the course of decades, the lives of the sisters and their suitors intertwine in a plot full of secrets, love and death.

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Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

by Thomas Pynchon

Hardcover, 477 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Thomas Pynchon

Maxine Tarnow is an average New Yorker, a not-totally separated mother of two who owns a fraud investigation agency called "Tail 'Em and Nail 'Em." After looking into the finances of Gabriel Ice, a billionaire computer geek, she gets involved in a shady and eccentric underworld — one full of classic Pynchonian absurdity. NPR Bestseller

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Traveling Sprinkler

Traveling Sprinkler

by Nicholson Baker

Hardcover, 291 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Nicholson Baker

An accomplished poet tries his hand at songwriting, Quaker meetings and tobacco experiments while he copes with his ex-girlfriend's new relationship with a local NPR radio host.

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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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  • 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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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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