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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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  • Rebecca Miller

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 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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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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  • Anna Solomon

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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  • Ned Beauman

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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Okay for Now

Okay for Now

by Gary D. Schmidt

Paperback, 360 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck has just moved to a new town where he doesn't have any friends. His teachers and the police think of him as a "skinny thug." He finds his way to the library, where he discovers John James Audubon's Birds of America. When he notices that some of the pages are missing, he resolves to track them down.

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Coral Glynn

Coral Glynn

by Peter Cameron

Paperback, 210 pages, St Martins Press, $15, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Peter Cameron

In the spring of 1950, Coral Glynn arrives at an isolated mansion in the English countryside to nurse the elderly Edith Hart. There, Coral meets Hart House's odd inhabitants: Mrs. Prence, the perpetually disgruntled housekeeper; and Major Clement Hart, her charge's war-ravaged son. When a child's game goes violently awry in the nearby woods, a great shadow descends upon its residents.

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Enchantments

Enchantments

by Kathryn Harrison

Paperback, 329 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Kathryn Harrison

St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin's body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his 18-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin's healing powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to her son, the headstrong prince, Alyosha, who suffers from hemophilia. Soon after Masha arrives at the palace, the Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha find solace in each other's company.

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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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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

by Sarah MacLean

Paperback, 376 pages, HarperCollins, $7.99, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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Lady Philippa Marbury, known as Pippa, is a bit ... odd. More interested in books and plants than men, she's about to be married but knows little of the marriage bed. So she enlists a scoundrel, the well-known rake Mr. Cross, to help her do some research.

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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'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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Speaking From Among the Bones

Speaking From Among The Bones

by Alan Bradley

Hardcover, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $24, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old genius and chemistry whiz, has found yet another homicide to solve. When Flavia's town opens the crypt of its patron saint, it finds a body that's far from ancient: the disturbingly masked corpse of the church organist. Who would have killed him, and why would the killer hide him there? Flavia's on the case.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Ayana Mathis

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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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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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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  • Tracy Chevalier

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 House Girl

The House Girl

by Tara Conklin

Paperback, 16 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin's debut novel links the stories of Lina Sparrow, a 21st century lawyer, and Josephine Bell, an artistically talented 19th century slave. As Josephine plans her escape from a Virginia plantation, Lina goes in search of the perfect plaintiff for a slavery reparations lawsuit.NPR Bestseller

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House of Earth

House Of Earth

by Woody Guthrie

Hardcover, 240 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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The only finished novel from the legendary American folk singer portrays life in Dust Bowl America with the story of Tike and Ella May Hamil, who struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle.NPR Bestseller

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