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On Canaan's Side

On Canaan's Side

by Sebastian Barry

Paperback, 256 pages, Penguin Books, $15, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Sebastian Barry

The Man Booker Prize short-listed author of The Secret Scripture presents the tragic story of youngest daughter Lilly Bere, who after fleeing Ireland under threat of death from the IRA survives heartache, a midlife pregnancy and the challenges of the Great Depression and multiple wars.

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The Bartender's Tale

The Bartender's Tale

by Ivan Doig

Paperback, 414 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Ivan Doig

Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his 12-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father.NPR Bestseller

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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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Death of Kings

by Bernard Cornwell

Paperback, 320 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Bernard Cornwell

The story of Saxon claimants to the throne during the forming of England at the end of the ninth century continues in the latest volume of the New York Times best-selling series following The Burning Land.

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The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

Paperback, 378 pages, Ecco, $14.99, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Madeline Miller

This epic retelling of the legend of Achilles follows Patroclus and Achilles, the golden son of King Peleus, as they, skilled in the arts of war and medicine, lay siege to Troy after Helen of Sparta is kidnapped — a cause that tests their friendship and forces them to make the ultimate sacrifice.NPR Bestseller

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The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

by Andrew O'Hagan

Hardcover, 277 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24, published December 6 2010 | purchase
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  • Andrew O'Hagan

Given as a Christmas present to Marilyn Monroe, Maf the dog provides keen insight into the world of the Hollywood starlet during the last two years of her life.

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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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Murder Casts a Shadow

Murder Casts a Shadow

A Hawai'i Mystery

by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

Paperback, 277 pages, University of Hawaii Press, $14.99, published August 1 2008 | purchase
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  • Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

Playwright Ned Manusia and newspaperwoman Mina Beckwith join forces to investigate a decades-old mystery — was the last king of Hawai'i murdered?

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The Age of Desire

The Age of Desire

by Jennie Fields

Hardcover, 352 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published August 2 2012 | purchase
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Novelist Jennie Fields recounts the story of Edith Wharton's love affair with a young journalist in Paris.

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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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  • Amor Towles

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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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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  • Geraldine Brooks

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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Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

by Cassandra Clare

Paperback, 479 pages, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $10.99, published October 4 2011 | purchase
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  • Cassandra Clare

Tessa Gray's search for her missing brother leads her into Victorian London's supernatural underworld, where she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty

by Libba Bray

Paperback, 432 pages, Ember, $9.99, published March 22 2005 | purchase
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  • Libba Bray

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, 16-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school. There, she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. But what will she find in that strange world?

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Leviathan

Leviathan

by Scott Westerfeld

Hardcover, 440 pages, Simon Pulse, $19.99, published October 6 2009 | purchase
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  • Scott Westerfeld

It's 1914 and Europe is on the precipice of war — the German Clankers and British Darwinists are armed with futuristic weaponry and biotechnology; in the midst of the chaos, Alek, a royal and potential threat to the throne, and Deryn, a common Darwinist, meet on the run and forge an uneasy alliance that will dramatically change the course of the Great War and their lives.

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Betsy Tacy

Betsy-Tacy

by Maud Hart Lovelace

Paperback, 122 pages, HarperCollins, $5.99, published October 1 1993 | purchase
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  • Maud Hart Lovelace

The classic Betsy-Tacy series follows Minnesota girl Betsy Ray and her friends Tacy and Tib as they grow from making piano-box playhouses to traveling the world and getting married.

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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Paperback, 560 pages, Gardners Books, $13.90, published September 8 2007 | purchase
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  • Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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The Pigeon Pie Mystery

The Pigeon Pie Mystery

by Julia Stuart

Hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Julia Stuart

Moving to the reputedly haunted Hampton Court Palace of Queen Victoria when her father's untimely death renders her penniless, Indian princess Alexandrina is befriended by three eccentric widows before her faithful lady's maid, Pooki, is wrongly accused of murder. By the author of The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise.

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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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  • Christopher Moore

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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Bloody Jack

Bloody Jack

Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

by L. A. Meyer

Paperback, 301 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $8.99, published June 1 2004 | purchase
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Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.

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The Red Chamber

The Red Chamber

by Pauline A. Chen

Hardcover, 381 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Pauline A. Chen

The Red Chamber, an epic reimagining of the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber, is set against a backdrop of 18th-century Beijing and follows the intersecting lives of three women, including the orphaned Daiyu, who leaves her home in the provinces only to be tangled in a web of intrigue with ties to the Emperor's Palace.

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