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Snow Hunters

Snow Hunters

by Paul Yoon

Hardcover, 196 pages, Simon & Schuster, $22, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Paul Yoon

A North Korean war refugee seeking a new life in a port town on the coast of Brazil longs to connect with four people who slip in and out of his life, but must confront his traumatic past so he might let go and move on.

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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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Number the Stars

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

Paperback, 137 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published May 2 2011 | purchase
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Lois Lowry's novel illustrates the power of friendship in the face of terrifying oppression. In Nazi-occupied Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie helps shelter her best friend from the Nazis while the Danish Resistance works to smuggle thousands of Jews across the sea to Sweden.

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Caddie Woodlawn

Caddie Woodlawn

by Carol Ryrie Brink

Paperback, 275 pages, Simon & Schuster, $6.99, published December 26 2006 | purchase
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Caddie Woodlawn isn't interested in being a lady. Living on the Wisconsin frontier with her pioneer family, the free-spirited tomboy — inspired by the memories of Carol Ryrie Brink's grandmother — runs wild, causes trouble, has adventures and befriends the local Indian tribe.

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Paperback, 249 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published January 10 2011 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth George Speare

In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the rigid Puritan household of her aunt and uncle, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the deeply religious community — and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

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Catherine, Called Birdy

Catherine, Called Birdy

by Karen Cushman

Paperback, 169 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published June 19 2012 | purchase
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  • Karen Cushman

The daughter of a medieval English nobleman, Catherine has been raised for just one thing: marriage. But she has other ideas, and does her best to drive away any potential suitors, until she meets the dreadful and persistent Shaggy Beard, whom she fears she'll never escape.

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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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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

A Novel in Words and Pictures

by Brian Selznick

Hardcover, 533 pages, Scholastic, $24.99, published March 1 2007 | purchase
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  • A Novel in Words and Pictures
  • Brian Selznick

In this magical novel written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, 12-year-old Hugo is an orphan, clock-keeper and petty thief living within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931. Before he died, his father left him a broken automaton, and Hugo labors to uncover the secret hidden inside the machine.Literary Award Winner

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Inside Out & Back Again

Inside Out & Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

Paperback, 10 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $7.99, published January 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Thanhha Lai

The story of Ha, a young girl living during the end of the Vietnam War, is told in a series of understated poems. Ha chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.Literary Award Winner

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One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

by Rita Williams-Garcia

Paperback, 13 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $6.99, published December 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Rita Williams-Garcia

In the tumultuous summer of 1968, Delphine and her two sisters travel from Brooklyn to Oakland, Calif., to spend a month with their mother, a radical poet who sends them to the local Black Panther center for summer camp. There, they begin to learn about the fraught relationship between race and power.

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The Art of Joy

The Art of Joy

by Goliarda Sapienza, Anne Milano Appel and Angelo Pellegrino

Hardcover, 560 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $30, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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A posthumous novel traces the events of the 20th century through the experiences of Sicilian-born Modesta, who defies the conventions of her fascist, patriarchal society to rise from poverty and marry an aristocrat without compromising her deeply held values.

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The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Hardcover, 272 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $27.95, published August 1 2013 | purchase
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Bogota resident Antonio Yammara reflects on a mid-20th-century uprising between Pablo Escobar's drug cartel and government forces that trapped Pablo's community in a nightmarish existence and culminated in a friend's murder.NPR Bestseller

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I Served the King of England

I Served the King of England

by Bohumil Hrabal and Paul Wilson

Paperback, 241 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published May 1 2007 | purchase
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Fever

Fever

by Mary Beth Keane

Paperback, 306 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Mary Beth Keane

Inspired by the woman known as Typhoid Mary, Fever traces the efforts of a headstrong Irish immigrant whose tenacity and talent for cooking gains her entry into upper-class kitchens. Then one day, the discovery that she's a disease carrier forces her into an isolation that she eventually defies with horrific results.

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The Painted Girls

The Painted Girls

by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Hardcover, 357 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Cathy Marie Buchanan

In belle epoque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie's ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.

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Blood and Beauty

Blood and Beauty

The Borgias

by Sarah Dunant

Paperback, 523 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • Sarah Dunant

A tale inspired by the lives of Borgia siblings Lucrezia and Cesare traces the notorious family's rise in Renaissance Italy, during which war, a terrifying sexual plague and the family's reputation forge an intimate bond between brother and sister.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

Paperback, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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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 Silver Pigs

The Silver Pigs

A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

by Lindsey Davis

Paperback, 327 pages, St Martins Pr, $16.99, published September 13 2011 | purchase
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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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Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

Laura Lamont's Life In Pictures

by Emma Straub

Paperback, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Emma Straub

In the wake of a tragedy, Elsa flees her once-idyllic family home in Wisconsin to pursue an acting career in golden-age Hollywood. She becomes an Academy Award-winning actress and enjoys the heady extravagances of her fame while struggling to remain true to herself and balance the needs of her family.

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