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The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

by Teddy Wayne

Hardcover, 285 pages, Simon & Schuster, $24.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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Jonny Valentine, 11-year-old superstar, is worried about his album sales, his party-loving manager mother and his safety. He's also on a quest — like one of the heroes in his video games — to find his missing father. Teddy Wayne's second novel is not just a witty critique of America's pop-music machine, but also the story of a compelling child narrator's journey toward adulthood.

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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

by Mary Gordon and Brian Moore

Paperback, 223 pages, Little Brown & Co, $11.95, published February 28 1988 | purchase
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The Newlyweds

The Newlyweds

by Nell Freudenberger

Paperback, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Nell Freudenberger

Amina Mazid is 24 when she moves from Bangladesh to Rochester, N.Y., for love. She has wooed — and been wooed by — George Stillman online. For Amina, George offers a chance at a new life for her and her parents, as well as a different kind of happiness than she might find back home. For George, Amina is a woman who doesn't play games. But each of them is hiding something — someone from the past they thought they could leave behind. It is only when Amina returns to Bangladesh that she and George find out if their secrets will tear them apart, or if they can build a future together.

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The Chemistry of Tears

The Chemistry Of Tears

by Peter Carey

Paperback, 229 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Peter Carey

Peter Carey's hero and heroine, Catherine and Henry, are separated by 150 years. What brings them together is an enormous, 19th-century mechanical duck. Catherine, a horologist, or clock expert, is restoring it in the present day. It's a distraction from the sudden death of her married lover. More than a century earlier, Henry commissions the duck as a giant toy for his beloved but very sick child. As the two narratives unfold, the duck becomes a swan, and many of its inner workings are revealed. That's not exactly true, however, for the difficult, mysterious characters who populate the book.

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Percival Everett by Virgil Russell

Percival Everett by Virgil Russell

by Percival L. Everett

Paperback, 227 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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In this story inside a story inside a story, shifting narrators and plot lines explore the relationship between fathers and sons.

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Above All Things

Above All Things

by Tanis Rideout

Hardcover, 385 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Tanis Rideout

This debut novel, inspired by the life and mysterious fate of George Mallory, traces the experiences of his wife, Ruth. In 1924 she maintains a hopeful vigil in war-ravaged England during Mallory's fateful third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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A Hazard of New Fortunes

A Hazard of New Fortunes

by William Dean Howells

Paperback, 453 pages, Lightning Source Inc, $35.75, published October 31 2007 | purchase
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The Alienist

The Alienist

by Caleb Carr

Paperback, 498 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published October 24 2006 | purchase
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  • Caleb Carr

When a madman begins stalking victims on the streets of 1896 New York, a team of investigators is forced to apply radical and untested techniques that include fingerprinting and the controversial science of psychology. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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The Dinner

The Dinner

by Herman Koch

Paperback, 309 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Herman Koch

Over dinner at an Amsterdam restaurant, two couples — brothers and their wives — discuss a terrible crime most likely committed by their sons. The crime is not yet public, but grainy video footage exists — and both sets of parents know it depicts their offspring. As the conversation deepens, one wrenching question gets clearer and more pressing by the moment: How far will each family go to protect those it loves?NPR Bestseller

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Revenge

Revenge

Eleven Dark Tales

by Yoko Ogawa

Paperback, 176 pages, St Martins Pr, $14, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Eleven Dark Tales
  • Yoko Ogawa

Murder, envy and machinations fill the sinister stories in this collection by Yoko Ogawa, award-winning author of The Housekeeper and The Professor. Translated by Stephen Snyder.

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If A Stranger Approaches You

If a Stranger Approaches You

Stories

by Laura Kasischke

Paperback, 184 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $15.95, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Laura Kasischke

Kasischke's first collection of short stories, after numerous novels and poetry collections, reveals the unexpected within characters' domestic lives.

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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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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 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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  • Julian Barnes

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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In One Person

In One Person

by John Irving

Paperback, 425 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • John Irving

A tale inspired by the U.S. AIDS epidemic in the 1980s follows the experiences of individuals — including the bisexual narrator — who are torn by devastating losses, and whose perspectives on tolerance and love are shaped by awareness of what might have been.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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Ten White Geese

Ten White Geese

by Gerbrand Bakker

Paperback, 230 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Gerbrand Bakker

Fleeing her marriage and her life in Amsterdam, an Emily Dickinson scholar rents a Welsh farm. The landscape is stark, the woman, wrapped in mystery, and the ten geese of the title? They're vanishing. Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer.

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Philida

Philida

by Andre Philippus Brink

Paperback, 310 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Andre Philippus Brink

When her master's son, the father of her four children, reneges on his promise to free her in 1832 South Africa, Philida, a slave, lodges a complaint against the family. After being sold to a new owner, she journeys to the north of Cape Town, where she tests the limits of her freedom.

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