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Instructions for a Heat Wave

Instructions For A Heatwave

by Maggie O'Farrell

Hardcover, 289 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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A recently retired family patriarch clears out his bank account and disappears during the sweltering summer of 1976. His three children converge at their mother's home and track clues to an ancestral village in Ireland.

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Transatlantic

TransAtlantic

by Colum McCann

Hardcover, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Colum McCann

A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Sen. George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women.NPR Bestseller

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The Book of Madness and Cures

The Book Of Madness And Cures

by Regina O'Melveny

Paperback, 320 pages, Little, Brown and Company, $15, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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  • Regina O'Melveny

A 16th-century Renaissance woman and renowned physician named Gabriella Mondini searches across Europe for her missing father. Without him, she can't treat her Venetian patients, who need her desperately.

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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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The Son

The Son

by Philipp Meyer

Paperback, 464 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Philipp Meyer

This epic tale is told through several generations of the McCullough family, beginning with Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the Republic of Texas. At 13, Eli is kidnapped by the Comanche, who kill his mother and his siblings. He lives with the Comanche for years, becoming a respected member of the tribe until the community is decimated by armed Americans.NPR Bestseller

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls

by Anton Disclafani

Hardcover, 390 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $27.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Anton Disclafani

Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her mysterious role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Gary D. Schmidt

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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The Sweet Girl

The Sweet Girl

by Annabel Lyon

Hardcover, 235 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Annabel Lyon

Resisting the social mores imposed on women in fourth century B.C., Pythias, the daughter of Aristotle, is forced to flee Athens with her family after the death of Alexander the Great and discovers a hostile world of superstition that forces her to test the boundaries of her father's logical methods and her own sharp wits. By the award-winning author of The Golden Mean.

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The Orphanmaster

The Orphanmaster

by Jean Zimmerman

Paperback, 418 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Jean Zimmerman

In 17th-century New Amsterdam, 22-year-old trader Blandine von Couvering and British spy Edward Drummond investigate the mysterious disappearance of orphan children.

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The Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Bird

by James McBride

Downloadable Audio, (14 hr., 34 min.), Penguin USA, $39.95, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • James McBride

Henry is a young slave living in the mid-19th-century Kansas Territory whose life takes a major turn when he meets the legendary abolitionist John Brown — who mistakes Henry for a girl. Henry continues to hide his true identity for his own safety as he travels with Brown's militia, through the historic 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry.NPR Bestseller

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Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire

by Elizabeth Wein

Hardcover, 352 pages, Disney Pr, $17.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Wein

When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.

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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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The Liars' Gospel

The Liars' Gospel

by Naomi Alderman

Hardcover, 311 pages, Little Brown & Co, $25.99, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Naomi Alderman

Re-imagining the life of Jesus, this novel presents the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, the four people closest to him tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down.

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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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Equilateral

Equilateral

by Ken Kalfus

Hardcover, 207 pages, Bloomsbury USA, $24, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Ken Kalfus

Obsessed by a belief that highly evolved beings exist on Mars, a turn-of-the-century British astronomer gets support for a massive project to build a signal, which is undermined by malaria-stricken Egyptian laborers and two women who understand the astronomer more than he realizes.

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The Other Typist

The Other Typist

by Suzanne Rindell

Hardcover, 356 pages, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Suzanne Rindell

While working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes. The arrival of a new typist sparks struggles with changing gender roles as Rose clings to her Victorian ideals and searches for nurturing companionship.

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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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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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  • David R. Gillham

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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