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Navigating Early

Navigating Early

by Clare Vanderpool

Hardcover, 306 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $16.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Clare Vanderpool

Abruptly placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine after his mother's death at the end of World War II, Kansas youth Jack Baker befriends Early Auden, an unusual boy with whom Jack embarks on a quest along the Appalachian Trail in search of a legendary great black bear. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Moon Over Manifest.

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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 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 Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Paperback, 290 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published May 5 2009 | purchase
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  • Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.

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I'll Be Seeing You

I'll Be Seeing You

by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan

Paperback, 313 pages, Harlequin Books, $15.95, published May 28 2013 | purchase
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  • Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan

With their husbands away fighting in the war in January 1943, Rita Vincenzo and Glory Whitehall have only their cross-country correspondence to keep them going.

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The End of Sparta

The End of Sparta

A Novel

by Victor Davis Hanson

Paperback, 445 pages, St Martins Pr, $18, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Victor Davis Hanson

At the Battle of Leuctra, the Thebans — led by Epaminondas — defeated the Spartans in one of the most stunning military victories of all time. Historian Victor Davis Hanson told the story of that victory in 1999's The Soul of Battle. Now, Hanson reimagines that battle in a novel about a farmer who leaves his home to serve under Epaminondas and, against his better judgment, gets swept up in the fervor to bring democracy to regions oppressed by the Spartans.

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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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Live By Night

Live By Night

by Dennis Lehane

Paperback, 401 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Dennis Lehane

During Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict, law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime. Starting as a petty thief in Boston, he travels south and eventually becomes the Gulf Coast's most successful rumrunner. In Tampa, Fla., and in Cuba, he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman

The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman

by Andrzej Szczypiorski and Klara Glowczewska

Paperback, 204 pages, Pgw, $12, published April 1 1997 | purchase
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  • Andrzej Szczypiorski and Klara Glowczewska

In Nazi-occupied Warsaw of 1943, Irma Seidenman, a young Jewish widow passes as the wife of a Polish officer, until an informer spots her and drags her off to the Gestapo to await her fate

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Southern Cross The Dog

Southern Cross the Dog

by Bill Cheng

Hardcover, 324 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Bill Cheng

Convinced that he is cursed after the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, twenty-year-old Robert Chatham, who is constantly followed by trouble, finally shakes his demons. But then he is forced to make an impossible choice.

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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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Z

Z

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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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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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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  • P.D. James

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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