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London Fields

London Fields

by Martin Amis

Paperback, 470 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 1 1991 | purchase
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Cursed with premonitions since childhood, Nicola forsees her own murder, and sets out to make the two most likely suspects pay in advance for what one of them is going to do to her.

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Astray

Astray

by Emma Donoghue

Paperback, 271 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Emma Donoghue

A young mother sets sail from Ireland to meet her husband in Canada; prospectors hope to strike gold in the frozen Yukon; a slave poisons his master and escapes with the master's wife. In 14 stories inspired by history, the author of Room presents wanderers, immigrants and other boundary-crossers.

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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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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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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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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 Middlesteins

The Middlesteins

by Jami Attenberg

Paperback, 287 pages, Grand Central Pub, $15, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Jami Attenberg

Edie Middlestein equates food with love. But by the time her husband walks out and leaves her reeling, her weight has ballooned to more than 300 pounds. In this darkly comic novel, Edie's children try to take control of their mother's food obsession in order to save her life. But the siblings have very different personalities. Between Robin's drinking problem and Benny's perfectionist wife, will they be able to save their mother from her eating disorder? And can this dysfunctional family get their act together in time to do a hip-hop routine at the grandkids' bar and bat mitzvahs?

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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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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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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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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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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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Noon

Noon

by Aatish Taseer

Paperback, 297 pages, Faber & Faber, $15, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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Experiencing a privileged upbringing in Delhi, Rehan, the son of a lawyer mother and industrialist stepfather, struggles with the absence of his Pakistani Muslim father against a backdrop of the city's economic boom and bust and a formidable Pakistan earthquake.

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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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Red Sorghum

Red Sorghum

A Novel of China

by Mo Yan

Paperback, 359 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published April 1 1994 | purchase
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  • A Novel of China
  • Mo Yan

A novel of family, myth and memory set during the fratricidal barbarity of 1930s China follows the Chinese as they battle the Japanese and each other. Translated by Howard Goldblatt.

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Damned

Damned

Life Is Short, Death Is Forever

by Chuck Palahniuk

Paperback, 247 pages, Anchor, $14.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Life Is Short, Death Is Forever
  • Chuck Palahniuk

As 13-year-old Madison tries to figure out how she died and ended up in hell, she learns how to manipulate the corrupt system of demons and bodily fluids.NPR Bestseller

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Metropole

Metropole

by Ferenc Karinthy

Paperback, 216 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $14.95, published October 1 2008 | purchase
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Care of Wooden Floors

Care of Wooden Floors

by Will Wiles

Hardcover, 295 pages, New Harvest, $24, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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  • Will Wiles

House-sitting at the ultra-modern apartment of a composer friend in a glum Eastern European city, a British copywriter accidentally spills wine on the apartment's priceless wooden floor and endures a psychologically disastrous week of perfectionist repair and maintenance.

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