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History of a Pleasure Seeker

History of a Pleasure Seeker

by Richard Mason

Paperback, 305 pages, Vintage, $15.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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An opulent tale set at the height of Europe's belle epoque era follows the experiences of a handsome young tutor in the household of one of Amsterdam's most prominent and secretive bourgeois families who transforms his employers' lives through his charm and sensuality.

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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 Round House

The Round House

by Louise Erdrich

Paperback, 321 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Louise Erdrich

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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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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A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King

by Dave Eggers

Paperback, 335 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Dave Eggers

Hounded by steep debts and a weird lump on his neck, consultant Alan Clay travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city to try to secure a contract and earn a desperately needed commission. If he can sell holographic technology to the Saudi king, he'll be able to stave off his economic woes — and hold his family together. Unsurprisingly, Clay is swept up from his tent in the desert into various Kafkaesque misadventures.NPR Bestseller

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The Testament of Mary

The Testament Of Mary

by Colm Toibin

Paperback, 81 pages, Simon & Schuster, $13, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Colm Toibin

A fictional imagining of the Virgin Mary's life finds her living a solitary existence in Ephesus. Years after her son's crucifixion, she struggles with guilt, anger and feelings that her son is not the son of God; that his sacrifice was not for a worthy cause.

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The Flame Alphabet

The Flame Alphabet

by Ben Marcus

Paperback, 289 pages, Vintage, $15, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Ben Marcus

When the speech of children becomes toxic to adults, Sam and his wife Claire face the difficult choice of whether to abandon their spoiled teenage daughter Esther, as government scientists try to find a safe form of speech.

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The Heat of the Sun

The Heat of the Sun

by David Rain

Hardcover, 288 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $26, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • David Rain

From Greenwich Village in the Roaring Twenties to a revelation on a Nagasaki hillside, the story of Ben "Trouble" Pinkerton, the son of Lieutenant Benjamin Pinkerton and the geisha Madame Butterfly, finds him at the center of some of the biggest events of the twentieth century.

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Birds of a Lesser Paradise

Birds of a Lesser Paradise

Stories

by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Paperback, 224 pages, Scribner, $15, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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A debut collection by a prize-winning writer whose stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories evaluates the surprising moments when bonds with nature become evident and includes the story of a single mom and her son's effort to reclaim an African Gray Parrot and a population control activist who longs to have a baby.

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The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

by Matthew Quick

Paperback, 289 pages, Sarah Crichton Books, $15, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Matthew Quick

Embracing a philosophy that life is a movie produced by God, neural health patient Pat Peoples endeavors to win back his estranged wife by making strategic sacrifices and coordinating their communications through a depressed widow. A first novel.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Martin Amis

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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