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Life After Life

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Paperback, 544 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Kate Atkinson

The award-winning author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum follows the experiences of a woman who, after being born on a snowy night in 1910, repeatedly dies and reincarnates into the same life to correct missteps and, ultimately, save the world.NPR Bestseller

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A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

Paperback, 375 pages, St Martins Pr, $15.99, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Therese Anne Fowler

Inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, this tale follows their union in and Zelda's scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.NPR Bestseller

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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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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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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 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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Where Tigers Are at Home

Where Tigers Are at Home

by Jean-marie Blas De Robles

Hardcover, 817 pages, Other Press, $32.50, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Jean-marie Blas De Robles

A writer's family life unravels when he begins editing an odd, unpublished biography: His ex-wife embarks on a dangerous geological expedition, his daughter travels on sexually charged trips and the writer himself descends into madness. Translated by Mike Mitchell.

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The Accursed

The Accursed

by Joyce Carol Oates

Paperback, 667 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published November 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Joyce Carol Oates

Something suspicious is going on in Princeton, N.J., in the otherwise sleepy year of 1905. Children turn to stone; an underworld opens at the edge of town; snakes squirm up and down walls. What have the people of Princeton done to bring such curses on themselves? In Joyce Carol Oates' gothic novel, fictional characters mix with historical figures — including Woodrow Wilson and Upton Sinclair — as a man on a quest to save his sister confronts the repressed horrors of high society.NPR Bestseller

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Middle C

Middle C

by William H. Gass

Paperback, 395 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published December 3 2013 | purchase
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Born in Austria and raised in Ohio, Joseph Skizzen lives an uneventful life; you might even call it insignificant. But in his own mind, he is the great Professor Skizzen, charged with cataloging the many sins and shortcomings of humanity. In his first novel in almost two decades, Gass explores an introvert's inner life, deploying his characteristically dense prose to probe and blur the tentative line between fantasy and self.

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Mary Coin

Mary Coin

by Marisa Silver

Paperback, 322 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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Marisa Silver reimagines the story behind Dorothea Lange's famous Depression-era photo, Migrant Mother. In Silver's story, two women — photographer and subject — briefly cross paths, and a contemporary professor of cultural history uncovers a mystery captured in the resulting photo.

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Jacob's Folly

Jacob's Folly

by Rebecca Miller

Paperback, 384 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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A Parisian Jew who dies in 1773 reappears in the 21st century as a housefly who can read minds and will people to do his bidding. Jacob's Folly veers between 18th century France and a present-day Long Island family of Orthodox Jews.

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The Little Bride

The Little Bride

by Anna Solomon

Paperback, 314 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published September 6 2011 | purchase
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Tells the story of a sixteen-year-old Russian Jewish mail-order bride who finds herself stranded in the prairies of South Dakota married to a man twice her age and falling in love with her nineteen-year-old step-son.

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The Teleportation Accident

by Ned Beauman

Hardcover, 357 pages, St Martins Pr, $25, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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Basing his career on the work of disgraced 17th-century set designer Adriano Lavicini, New Expressionist stage designer Egon Loeser leaves Weimar Republic Berlin to pursue a disinterested woman. He arrives in Los Angeles, where a Caltech physicist is trying to develop a teleportation device.

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