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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Hardcover, 771 pages, Little Brown & Co, $30, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.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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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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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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Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

Paperback, 468 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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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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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan

Paperback, 288 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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Out-of-work Web designer Clay Jannon copes with a layoff by taking a job at a used-book store in San Francisco. It's not long, though, before Clay discovers that his new workplace has more in store for him than books alone. Codes and secrets lead to one very weird book club in this debut novel by Robin Sloan.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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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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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 Circle

The Circle

by Dave Eggers

Hardcover, 491 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Dave Eggers

Hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful Internet company, Mae Holland begins to question her luck as life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken and her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.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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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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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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Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

by Thomas Pynchon

Hardcover, 477 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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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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The Luminaries

The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton

Hardcover, 834 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Eleanor Catton

In a coastal New Zealand town during the 1866 gold rush, prostitute Anna Wetherell is arrested on the same day that three men with various connections to her disappear.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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Quiet Dell

Quiet Dell

by Jayne Anne Phillips

Hardcover, 445 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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In 1931, Emily Thornhill, one of the few women in the Chicago press, covers the murders of Asta Eicher and her three children. Obsessed with finding out what happened to this beautiful family, Emily allies herself with the man funding the investigation.

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Actors Anonymous

Actors Anonymous

by James Franco

Hardcover, 286 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • James Franco

A darkly comic tale by the actor, artist, and author is told in the style of Alcoholics Anonymous twelve-step testimonials, scripts, letters, diary entries and other forms that explore the nature and purpose of acting while sharing portraits of actors who did not achieve fame.

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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 View from Castle Rock

The View from Castle Rock

Stories

by Alice Munro

Hardcover, 349 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published November 7 2006 | purchase
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An evocative and compelling compilation of short fiction by the award-winning author of The Love of a Good Woman and other works journeys from the Scotland of the author's own family heritage and a ship en route to the New World, to a family odyssey from Illinois to Canada and in and around Lake Huron. 150,000 first printing.

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Longbourn

Longbourn

by Jo Baker

Hardcover, 331 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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This re-imagining of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice depicts the romance, intrigue and drama of the Bennet household from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants. Sara, an orphaned housemaid to the Bennets, has to cope with the arrival of the militia and the attentions of an ambitious former slave.NPR Bestseller

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Umbrella

Umbrella

by Will Self

Paperback, 448 pages, Grove Press, $17, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Will Self

Zachary Busner, a psychiatrist at a mental hospital in 1970s North London, investigates a group of unconscious patients called "enkies" who exhibit a peculiar type of physical tic.

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King of Cuba

King of Cuba

by Cristina Garcia

Paperback, 235 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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Cristina Garcia puts readers in the heads of two larger-than-life men: an aging Cuban dictator, and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with revenge.

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

by Ayana Mathis

Paperback, 243 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.NPR Bestseller

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Solo

Solo

by William Boyd

Hardcover, 321 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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Secret Agent 007, James Bond, returns for a new mission.

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Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

40th Anniversary Edition

by Erica Jong

Hardcover, pages ; cm, Henry Holt & Co, $35, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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This 40th-anniversary reissue incorporates a new introduction by the best-selling author of Good in Bed and offers insight into period culture and the evolving ways American society thought about gender, sexuality and liberty.

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The Pure Gold Baby

The Pure Gold Baby

by Margaret Drabble

Hardcover, 291 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Margaret Drabble

After Jessica Speight's promising career in 1960s London is interrupted by an affair with a married professor that renders her a single mother, she faces wrenching questions about responsibility, potential and compassion when her sunny child reveals unique needs.

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