NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 21, 2011War is winding down in the Seven Kingdoms, but dynastic struggles continue to loom large. After a six-year wait, A Dance with Dragons — the fifth book in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series — debuts at No. 1.
New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies. Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wall of ice and stone.
Weeks on List: 6
State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett
Hardcover, 353 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published June 7 2011|purchase
A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years — a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
Weeks on List: 21
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain
Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published February 22 2011|purchase
Without her husband's knowledge, Christine, whose memory is damaged by a long-ago accident, is treated by a neurologist who helps her to remember her former self through journal entries until inconsistencies begin to emerge, raising disturbing questions.
Weeks on List: 60
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
by Stieg Larsson
Hardcover, 563 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published May 25 2010|purchase
While recovering in the hospital, Lisbeth Salander enlists the aid of journalist Mikael Blomkvist to prove her innocent of three murders and identify the corrupt politicians who have allowed her to suffer. Translated by Reg Keeland.
Weeks on List: 4
by Janet Evanovich
Hardcover, 308 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published June 21 2011|purchase
When dead bodies start showing up in shallow graves near Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum tries to find the killer before she is the next target, while working to choose between the two men in her life.
Weeks on List: 11
by Geraldine Brooks
Hardcover, 306 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published May 3 2011|purchase
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.
Weeks on List: 1
The Last Werewolf
by Glen Duncan
Hardcover, 293 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published July 12 2011|purchase
Rendered the last of his kind after a colleague's death, 200-year-old werewolf Jake struggles with depression and contemplates suicide until powerful forces that have personal agendas and the power to keep him alive take over his life.
Weeks on List: 19
The Tiger's Wife
by Tea Obreht
Hardcover, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published March 8 2011|purchase
Tea Obreht's debut novel takes place in an unnamed Balkan country similar to the former Yugoslavia. Natalia, a young medical student, is on her way to an orphanage in enemy territory when she learns that her beloved grandfather has died. As his confidante, Natalia was not only aware of his cancer; she was also privy to his many incredible adventures, the two most fantastic being his stories of the Deathless Man and the Tiger's Wife.
Weeks on List: 1
Then Came You
by Jennifer Weiner
Hardcover, 338 pages, Pocket Books, $26.99, published July 12 2011|purchase
The plans of four women — including a college student egg donor, a working-class surrogate mother, a wealthy woman, and her stepdaughter — are thrown into turmoil when the wealthy woman's husband suddenly dies and names the stepdaughter the unborn baby's guardian.
Weeks on List: 10
by Jo Nesbo
Hardcover, 383 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published May 10 2011|purchase
The award-winning Norwegian author of The Devil's Star finds the irascible Harry Hole investigating the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found on a mysteriously built snowman, a case that is complicated by subsequent abductions and a menacing letter. Translated by Don Bartlett.
Weeks on List: 1
Turn of Mind
by Alice LaPlante
Hardcover, 307 pages, Atlantic Monthly Press, $24, published July 5 2011|purchase
Implicated in the murder of her best friend, Jennifer White, a brilliant retired surgeon with dementia, struggles with fractured memories of their complex relationship and wonders if she actually committed the crime.
Weeks on List: 3
Now You See Her
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Hardcover, 8 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published June 27 2011|purchase
After building up a successful life in New York and hiding her past, Nina Bloom returns to Florida to confront the terrible secret that shattered her life 18 years ago and protect an innocent man who is framed for murder.
Weeks on List: 7
Dreams of Joy
by Lisa See
Hardcover, 354 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published May 31 2011|purchase
A continuation of the story that began in Shanghai Girls finds a devastated Joy fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl, desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with the nation's intolerant Communist culture. By the Edgar Award-nominated author of Flower Net.
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