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Astray

by Emma Donoghue

Paperback, 271 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Emma Donoghue

A young mother sets sail from Ireland to meet her husband in Canada; prospectors hope to strike gold in the frozen Yukon; a slave poisons his master and escapes with the master's wife. In 14 stories inspired by history, the author of Room presents wanderers, immigrants and other boundary-crossers.

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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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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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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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Troy

Troy

by Adele Geras

Paperback, 358 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $7.99, published September 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Adele Geras

Told from the point of view of the women of Troy, portrays the last weeks of the Trojan War, when women are sick of tending the wounded, men are tired of fighting, and bored gods and goddesses find ways to stir things up.

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Abe Lincoln's Dream

by Lane Smith

Hardcover, 32, Roaring Brook Press, 16.99, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Lane Smith

While on a tour of the White House, a schoolgirl finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, face-to-face with the great president's ghost. Together they set off across the country to answer Lincoln's concerns about the nation.

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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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In Sunlight and in Shadow

In Sunlight And In Shadow

by Mark Helprin

Paperback, 705 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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Harry Copeland and Catherine Thomas Hale find each other on the ride back from Staten Island. She's an heiress and an actress, and he's a former World War II paratrooper with a leather factory left to him by his father. They fall in love immediately, but the world Harry Copeland helped save can still be cruel, and he's forced to fall back on the friendships and proficiencies he gained in war to try to survive in peace.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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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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San Miguel

San Miguel

by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Paperback, 367 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • T. Coraghessan Boyle

United by San Miguel, a weather-beaten island off the coast of California, three women struggle with brutal isolation around the turn of the twentieth century. These women — the wife of a Civil War veteran, her rebellious daughter and a librarian in love — confront the challenges of circumstance and the savagery of nature in a novel about the horrors and loves of a paradise lost and found in equal measure.NPR Bestseller

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Sutton

Sutton

by J.R. Moehringer

Hardcover, 334 pages, Hyperion Books, $27.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • J.R. Moehringer

Sutton provides a clever imagining of the surprise pardon of Willie Sutton, one of the most notorious criminals in American history. It traces the remarkable life of this mysterious man, who was known to police as the Babe Ruth of Bank Robbers, and his doomed, dangerous romance with his first love.NPR Bestseller

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Dodger

Dodger

by Terry Pratchett

Hardcover, 336 pages, HarperCollins, $17.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Terry Pratchett

Surviving by his wits in an alternative-universe London ruled by a young Queen Victoria, the intrepid young Dodger inadvertently foils a murderous Sweeney Todd's operation and encounters numerous fictional and historical characters, including Darwin, Disraeli and Dickens. By the award-winning author of A Hat Full of Sky.

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