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Duplex

Duplex

by Kathryn Davis

Hardcover, 195 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $24, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Kathryn Davis

In the duplex, a magical doorway to the past and future, human and robot, and space and time, Mary and Eddie, existing in an eternal present, are meant for each other, but discover that love is no guarantee when the past and future fold into each other after the arrival of a sorcerer.

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At the Bottom of Everything

At the Bottom of Everything

by Ben Dolnick

Hardcover, 239 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Ben Dolnick

Estranged from a best friend after a shadowy incident ten years earlier, lonely tutor Adam longs for a more meaningful life before an entreaty from his best friend's mother draws him back to his past world, where he embarks on a hallucinatory quest for redemption.

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The Duke's Children

The Duke's Children

by Anthony Trollope

Paperback, 667 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $11.95, published December 15 2008 | purchase
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The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

by Bob Shacochis

Hardcover, 715 pages, Pgw, $28, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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During the late 1990s, humanitarian lawyer Tom Harrington travels to Haiti to investigate the murder of a beautiful photojournalist named Jackie Scott during a time of brutal guerrilla warfare and civilian kidnappings.

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Shaman

Shaman

by Kim Stanley Robinson

Hardcover, 456 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Kim Stanley Robinson

A thriller explores life and culture as experienced by a Cro-Magnon during the Paleolithic era.

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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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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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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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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 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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The Infatuations

The Infatuations

by Javier Marias and Margaret Jull Costa

Hardcover, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • Javier Marias and Margaret Jull Costa

Maria Dolz breakfasts daily at a Madrid cafe where she fantasizes about her fellow patrons' idyllic marriage. But when she offers condolences to a widow whose husband has been shockingly murdered, she finds herself in a new relationship and with disturbing insights into the crime.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 Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Bird

by James McBride

Downloadable Audio, (14 hr., 34 min.), Penguin USA, $39.95, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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Henry is a young slave living in the mid-19th-century Kansas Territory whose life takes a major turn when he meets the legendary abolitionist John Brown — who mistakes Henry for a girl. Henry continues to hide his true identity for his own safety as he travels with Brown's militia, through the historic 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry.NPR Bestseller

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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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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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Scissors

Scissors

A Novel

by Stephane Michaka

Hardcover, 202 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • Stephane Michaka

A tale inspired by the life of writer Raymond Carver traces a passionate writer's intense first marriage, supportive second marriage, escalating conflict with his editor and sober final decade during which he strives to have his stories published as written.

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The Twelve Rooms of the Nile

The Twelve Rooms Of The Nile

by Enid Shomer

Paperback, 449 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Enid Shomer

Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert meet on a mid-19-century journey up the Nile and become unlikely soul mates.

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Fallen Land

Fallen Land

by Patrick Flanery

Hardcover, 406 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published August 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Patrick Flanery

Buying a foreclosure in a half-finished luxury suburb, a family from Boston hopes for a new start in the Midwest, but are influenced by the violent history of the farmland that was developed for the subdivision.

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Call It Sleep

Call It Sleep

by Henry Roth

Paperback, 462 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published July 1 2005 | purchase
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  • Henry Roth

An imaginative young boy, David Schearl grows up and comes of age in a candid portrayal of Jewish life in the immigrant tenements of New York, in a novel first published in 1934.

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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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