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A Story From the Underground Railroad

by Henry Cole

Hardcover, 40, Scholastic Press , 16.99, published November 1 2012 | purchase
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A young girl's courage is tested when she discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn.

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Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes To Pemberley

by P.D. James

Paperback, 291 pages, Vintage , $15, published January 1 2013 | purchase
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Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband, Wickham, has been murdered.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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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 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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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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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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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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Home

Home

by Toni Morrison

Hardcover, 144 pages, Knopf, $24, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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Embittered Korean War veteran Frank Money struggles against trauma and racism to rescue his medically abused sister and work through identity-shattering memories.NPR Bestseller

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The Last Runaway

The Last Runaway

by Tracy Chevalier

Paperback, 305 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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Jilted by her fiance, Quaker Honor Bright leaves the comfort of her native England for the harsh frontier farmland of 1850 Ohio. Among strangers and feeling the pressures of an alien world, Honor struggles to ford a cultural divide wider than the Atlantic she just crossed. And soon a new urgency takes hold: Honor joins the Underground Railroad, aiding runaway slaves in their escape to freedom. NPR Bestseller

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The Painted Girls

The Painted Girls

by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Hardcover, 357 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 10 2013 | purchase
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In belle epoque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie's ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

by Ayana Mathis

Paperback, 243 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.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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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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Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

Paperback, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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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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The Art Forger

The Art Forger

by B.A. Shapiro

Hardcover, 360 pages, Algonquin Books, $23.95, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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An artist whose reputation has been tarnished stumbles on a piece of art that disappeared 25 years ago and agrees to forge it for a gallery owner — until she realizes that the art she is forging may itself be a forgery.NPR Bestseller

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The Lifeboat

The Lifeboat

by Charlotte Rogan

Paperback, 278 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on their trans-Atlantic ocean liner, newly widowed Grace Winter battles the elements and the other survivors, and remembers her husband, Henry, who set his own safety aside to ensure Grace's.NPR Bestseller

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Watergate

Watergate

by Thomas Mallon

Paperback, 432 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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A retelling of the Watergate scandal from the perspectives of seven of its perpetrators and investigators illuminates the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency.

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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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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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A Lady Never Lies

A Lady Never Lies

by Juliana Gray

Paperback, 311 pages, Berkley, $7.99, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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Desperate to reverse her fortunes, Lady Alexandra Morley, a beautiful widow, finds fate taking a strange turn when she ends up in the arms of Phineas "Finn" Burke, a brilliant inventor with a shocking past who is intent only on perfecting his "horseless carriage" engine. Original. 50,000 first printing.

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City of Women

City Of Women

by David R. Gillham

Hardcover, 392 pages, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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Hiding her clandestine activities behind the persona of a model Nazi soldier's wife at the height of World War II, Sigrid Schroeder dreams of her former Jewish lover and risks everything to hide a mother and two young children who she believes might be her lover's family. NPR Bestseller

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Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

Laura Lamont's Life In Pictures

by Emma Straub

Paperback, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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In the wake of a tragedy, Elsa flees her once-idyllic family home in Wisconsin to pursue an acting career in golden-age Hollywood. She becomes an Academy Award-winning actress and enjoys the heady extravagances of her fame while struggling to remain true to herself and balance the needs of her family.

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