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The Life of Objects

The Life Of Objects

by Susanna Moore

Hardcover, 239 pages, Knopf, $25, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Susanna Moore

Drawn by a mysterious countess into the Berlin household of an aristocratic couple, Beatrice, a young Irish Protestant lace maker, is introduced to the highly rarified world of affluence and art collecting on the eve of World War II.

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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 Double Game

The Double Game

by Dan Fesperman

Hardcover, 355 pages, Knopf, $26.95, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Dan Fesperman

Decades after his favorite author confesses that he considered spying for the enemy during the Cold War, former journalist Bill Cage follows a trail of literary bread crumbs through Vienna, Prague and Budapest to discover links between the author, a beautiful woman and the CIA.

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein

Hardcover, 343 pages, Hyperion Book CH, $16.99, published May 15 2012 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

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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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Rules of Civility

Rules Of Civility

by Amor Towles

Paperback, 335 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published June 26 2012 | purchase
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  • Amor Towles

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well and a single-minded widow. NPR Bestseller

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The Snow Child

The Snow Child

by Eowyn Ivey

Paperback, 391 pages, Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books, $14.99, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Eowyn Ivey

A childless couple working on a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness with a red fox and begin to love the strange, almost supernatural child as their own.NPR Bestseller

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Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up The Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

Paperback, 432 pages, Picador, $16, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Hilary Mantel

The spark has gone out of Henry VIII's second marriage. When his roving eye leaves Anne Boleyn and begins to settle on Jane Seymour, another woman at court, the monarch turns to his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, for help. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies is the second book in a planned trilogy about Cromwell.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Richard Mason

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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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

Pterror over Paris and The Eiffel Tower Demon

by Jacques Tardi and Kim Thompson

Hardcover, 96 pages, W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., $24.99, published December 6 2010 | purchase
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  • Pterror over Paris and The Eiffel Tower Demon
  • Jacques Tardi and Kim Thompson

Adèle becomes involved in an interlocking series of mysteries that involve a revived pterodactyl, a frightful on-stage murder, a looming execution by guillotine and a demon from the depths of hell.

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The Bird Artist

The Bird Artist

by Howard Norman

Paperback, p. cm., St Martins Pr, $16, published May 1 1995 | purchase
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  • Howard Norman

A painter of the birds of his remote village on the coast of Newfoundland, the narrator of this novel--a finalist for the 1994 National Book Award--recounts the passion and betrayal that led him to murder a lighthouse keeper. Reprint. Tour.

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The Healing

The Healing

by Jonathan Odell

Paperback, 340 pages, Anchor, $15.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Jonathan Odell

Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a "slave disease." Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada,much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Seventy-five years later, Granada, now known as Gran Gran, is still living on the plantation and must revive the buried memories of her past in order to heal a young girl abandoned to her care. Together they learn the power of story to heal the body, the spirit and the soul.

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Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

Paperback, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Ian McEwan

Serena Frome isn't much of a spy. She got recruited into MI5 by her Cambridge history tutor and winds up on the clerical side of the operation, cross-filing schemes and plots to stop terrorists. Then one day, in the middle of the Cold War, she's handed her first secret mission: to cultivate and fund British intellectuals whose politics align with those of the government. Its code name is "Sweet Tooth."NPR Bestseller

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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Jepp, Who Defied The Stars

by Katherine Marsh

Paperback, 385 pages, Disney Pr, $9.99, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Katherine Marsh

In the Spanish Netherlands of 16th-century Europe, Jepp of Astraveld, a teenage dwarf, wages a contest with destiny. From his rural home to the royal courts of the Spanish Infanta, he seeks out a life not readily offered to him. In this young adult novel — inspired by the paintings of Diego Velazquez — Katherine Marsh combines history with fantasy to create an unusual coming-of-age story.

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