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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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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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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 Tiger's Wife

The Tiger's Wife

by Tea Obreht

Paperback, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Tea Obreht

Tea Obreht's debut novel takes place in an unnamed Balkan country similar to the former Yugoslavia. Natalia, a young medical student, is on her way to an orphanage in enemy territory when she learns that her beloved grandfather has died. As his confidante, Natalia was not only aware of his cancer; she was also privy to his many incredible adventures, the two most fantastic being his stories of the Deathless Man and the Tiger's Wife.

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The Cat's Table

The Cat's Table

by Michael Ondaatje

Paperback, 269 pages, Vintage, $15, published June 12 2012 | purchase
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  • Michael Ondaatje

Boarding a 1950s ship and sequestered to an out-of-sight dining table with other marginalized children, an 11-year-old boy shares rollicking adventures while traveling to various world regions, learning about jazz, women and a shackled prisoner along the way.NPR Bestseller

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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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NW

NW

by Zadie Smith

Hardcover, 401 pages, Penguin Press, $26.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Zadie Smith

Growing up in the same 1970s urban planning development in Northwest London, four young people pursue independent and reasonably successful lives until one of them is abruptly drawn out of her isolation by a stranger who is seeking her help.NPR Bestseller

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The Marriage Plot

The Marriage Plot

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Paperback, 406 pages, Picador, $16, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Jeffrey Eugenides

Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while an old friend resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.NPR Bestseller

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On Canaan's Side

On Canaan's Side

by Sebastian Barry

Paperback, 256 pages, Penguin Books, $15, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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The Man Booker Prize short-listed author of The Secret Scripture presents the tragic story of youngest daughter Lilly Bere, who after fleeing Ireland under threat of death from the IRA survives heartache, a midlife pregnancy and the challenges of the Great Depression and multiple wars.

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Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

by Kopano Matlwa

Paperback, 195 pages, Paul & Co Pub Consortium, $14, published September 1 2010 | purchase
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Rebecca

Rebecca

by Daphne, Dame Du Maurier

Paperback, 448 pages, Gardners Books, $15.10, published January 30 2003 | purchase
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  • Daphne, Dame Du Maurier

The tale of the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter, who enters the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learns the story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted, is accompanied by selections from "The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories"

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Anatomy of a Disappearance

Anatomy of a Disappearance

A Novel

by Hisham Matar

Paperback, 262 pages, Dial Press, $15, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Hisham Matar

Born into exile, 11-year-old Nuri, the son of worldly parents who fled the revolution in their Arab country, is transfixed along with his widowed father by an Arab-English woman who joins their family, a situation that is complicated by Nuri's father's disappearance.

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The Devil in Silver

The Devil in Silver

by Victor LaValle

Hardcover, 412 pages, Spiegel & Grau, $27, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Victor LaValle

Landing in a budget-strapped mental institution after being accused of a crime he does not remember, self-proclaimed hero Pepper is assaulted by a monstrous creature that has been attacking patients but that the hospital staff does not believe exists, a situation that compels Pepper to rally three fellow inmates in a fight for survival.

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Lionel Asbo

Lionel Asbo

State of England

by Martin Amis

Paperback, 272 pages, Vintage, $15, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Martin Amis

Asbo is an acronym for "anti-social behavior order," and Lionel Asbo certainly demonstrates the anti-social tendencies of his name. This satire of modern society and celebrity culture features Lionel as the uncle of young Desmond Pepperdine, a crime reporter. Desmond's seemingly simple pursuits are hampered by Lionel's near-criminal habits, which become more prominent when Lionel wins the lottery.NPR Bestseller

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Boxer, Beetle

Boxer, Beetle

by Ned Beauman

Paperback, 246 pages, Bloomsbury, $16, published September 13 2011 | purchase
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  • Ned Beauman

Suffering from a rare genetic condition that causes him to smell like a decomposing fish, Kevin Broom hides in his London apartment and runs an online Nazi memorabilia store before stumbling onto a crime scene involving a missing Jewish boxer and a fascist entomologist who wants to breed an indomitable beetle in tribute to Hitler.

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A Partial History of Lost Causes

A Partial History of Lost Causes

by Jennifer DuBois

Paperback, 380 pages, Dial Press, $16, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Jennifer DuBois

Abandoning her life when her father succumbs to Huntington's disease, Massachusetts native Irina discovers an unanswered letter from her father to an internationally renowned chess champion and political dissident, whom she decides to visit in Russia.

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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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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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