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A Night Like This

A Night Like This

by Julia Quinn

Paperback, 373 pages, Avon, $7.99, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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Anne Wynter, a governess with some dark secrets in her past, is tempted by the dangerously handsome Daniel Smith-Smythe, Earl of Winstead, who relentlessly pursues her despite her social station.

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History of a Pleasure Seeker

History of a Pleasure Seeker

by Richard Mason

Paperback, 305 pages, Vintage, $15.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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An opulent tale set at the height of Europe's belle epoque era follows the experiences of a handsome young tutor in the household of one of Amsterdam's most prominent and secretive bourgeois families who transforms his employers' lives through his charm and sensuality.

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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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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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Pure

Pure

by Andrew Miller

Paperback, 331 pages, Europa Editions, $17, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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Engineer Jean-Baptiste Baratte is tasked with emptying an overflowing cemetery in Paris in 1785, work he considers noble until he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery parallels his own fate and the demise of social order.

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HHhH

HHhH

by Laurent Binet

Paperback, 327 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published July 23 2013 | purchase
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Two Czechoslovakian partisans responsible for assassinating the "Butcher of Prague" — Reinhard Heydrich — escape from both the Nazis and recruitment by the British secret service.

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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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Mission to Paris

Mission To Paris

by Alan Furst

Paperback, 255 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Alan Furst

Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region's shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, German Nazis and Hollywood publicists.NPR Bestseller

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Sacre Bleu

Sacre Bleu

A Comedy D'Art

by Christopher Moore

Paperback, 403 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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Baker turned painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec vow to discover the truth behind the untimely death of their friend Vincent van Gogh, which leads them on a surreal odyssey into the art world of late 19th century Paris.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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Leo Africanus

Leo Africanus

by Amin Maalouf

Paperback, 360 pages, Natl Book Network, $16.95, published April 1 1992 | purchase
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The Queen's Lover

The Queen's Lover

by Francine du Plessix Gray

Hardcover, 288 pages, Penguin Press, $25.95, published June 14 2012 | purchase
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Pursuing a friendship and then a passionate romance with the young Marie Antoinette, dashing Swedish nobleman Count Axel von Fersen becomes a devoted companion to the entire royal family before attempting to help them escape in the wake of the French Revolution. By the author of Soviet Women.

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The Watery Part of the World

The Watery Part of the World

by Michael Parker

Paperback, 288 pages, Workman Pub Co, $13.95, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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Set along the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the 1800s and the 1970s, the novel follows Theodosia Burr, daughter of Aaron Burr, who by many accounts was captured by pirates and lived out the rest of her life on a remote island, and the island's descendants hundreds of years later.

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Caleb's Crossing

Caleb's Crossing

by Geraldine Brooks

Paperback, 318 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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Forging a deep friendship with a Wampanoag chieftain's son on the Great Harbor settlement where her minister father is working to convert the tribe, Bethia follows her friend through his Ivy League education and his efforts to bridge cultures among the colonial elite.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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Train Dreams

Train Dreams

by Denis Johnson

Paperback, 116 pages, St Martins Pr, $12, published May 22 2012 | purchase
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The National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke presents the story of early 20th century day laborer Robert Grainer, who endures the harrowing loss of his family while struggling for survival against a backdrop of radical historical changes.NPR Bestseller

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The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers

by Alice Hoffman

Paperback, 505 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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Inspired by the tragic first century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people on the Masada mountain in the Judean desert, The Dovekeepers presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keeps doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.NPR Bestseller

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Gone With the Wind

Gone with the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell and Pat Conroy

Paperback, 1024 pages, Grand Central Pub, $6.99, published August 1 1993 | purchase
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The turbulent romance of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler is shaped by the ravages of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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The Confession

The Confession

An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

by Charles Todd

Hardcover, 344 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Charles Todd

Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge investigates the sudden death of a man who recently confessed to having murdered his cousin years ago.

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Dorchester Terrace

Dorchester Terrace

A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

by Anne Perry

Hardcover, 333 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
  • Anne Perry

When evidence of a mole within the Special Branch is discovered, Thomas Pitt realizes that he cannot trust anyone; while his boss, Victor Narrawy, learns that Charlotte's aunt's friend might have unearthed war-provoking secrets.

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