NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 4, 2014 The latest installment of James Patterson's Alex Cross series has detective Cross contending with a mad genius who has kidnapped his family. Hope to Die debuts at No. 10.
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Weeks on List: 30

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

Hardcover, 531 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27, published May 6 2014 | purchase

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All The Light We Cannot See tells the story of a blind French girl on the run from the German occupation who crosses paths with a German orphan-turned-resistance tracker.

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Weeks on List: 6

Gray Mountain

by John Grisham

Hardcover, 368 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published October 21 2014 | purchase

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Gray Mountain
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After losing her job at New York City's largest law firm in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Samantha becomes an unpaid intern in a small Appalachian community, where she stumbles upon dangerous secrets.

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Weeks on List: 3

Revival

by Stephen King

Hardcover, 405 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published November 11 2014 | purchase

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Years after a charismatic minister is banished in the wake of a faith-shattering tragedy, a heroin-addicted rock-and-roll guitarist from the same hometown reconnects with the man and forges a terrible pact.

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Weeks on List: 2

The Escape

by David Baldacci

Hardcover, 472 pages, Grand Central Pub, $28, published November 18 2014 | purchase

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When his older brother escapes a military prison, John Puller joins the manhunt and discovers troubling details about the case.

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Weeks on List: 4

The Burning Room

by Michael Connelly

Hardcover, 388 pages, Little Brown & Co, $28, published November 3 2014 | purchase

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The Burning Room
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When the vicitim of a crime succumbs to complications from a bullet wound nine years later, detective Harry Bosch and his new partner, Lucia Soto, must find new leads from the past.

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Weeks on List: 4

Let Me Be Frank With You

by Richard Ford

Hardcover, 240 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published November 4 2014 | purchase

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Let Me Be Frank With You
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Frank Bascombe travels to the site of his former home on the shore, visits his ex-wife, who is suffering with Parkinson's, and meets a dying former friend.

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Weeks on List: 8

Lila

by Marilynne Robinson

Hardcover, 261 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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Lila
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Marilynne Robinson

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Triggering a romance and debate by seeking shelter in a church and becoming a minister's wife, homeless Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband's gentle Christian worldview.

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Weeks on List: 57

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Hardcover, 771 pages, Little Brown & Co, $30, published October 22 2013 | purchase

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The Goldfinch
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Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.

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Weeks on List: 5

Redeployment

by Phil Klay

Hardcover, 291 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase

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Redeployment
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A collection of short stories by a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran focuses on the complexities of life for soldiers on the front lines and after, exploring themes ranging from brutality and faith to guilt and survival.

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Weeks on List: 1

Hope to Die

by James Patterson

Hardcover, 10 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29, published November 24 2014 | purchase

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Hope to Die
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Detective Alex Cross embarks on the most wrenching case of his career to secure the lives of family members who have been abducted by a psychotic genius.

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Weeks on List: 7

Blue Horses

by Mary Oliver

Hardcover, 79 pages, Penguin Group USA, $24.95, published October 14 2014 | purchase

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Blue Horses
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Mary Oliver presents a new collection of poems that reflects her signature imagery-based language and her observations of the unaffected beauty of nature.

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Weeks on List: 5

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

by Patrick Rothfuss

Hardcover, 159 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18.95, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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The Slow Regard of Silent Things
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Living in the abandoned tunnel system beneath the University, the enigmatic Auri reflects on her bittersweet life, while making unique observations about the broken world in which she must survive.

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Weeks on List: 5

Prince Lestat

by Anne Rice

Hardcover, 458 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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Prince Lestat
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A tale spanning the ancient to the modern world revives the beings of the Vampire Chronicles, from Louis de Pointe du Lac and the eternally young Armand to David Talbot and Marius, who hear a mysterious voice urging ancients to destroy increasing populations of maverick vampires.

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Weeks on List: 7

Leaving Time

by Jodi Picoult

Hardcover, 405 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published October 14 2014 | purchase

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Leaving Time
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Jodi Picoult

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Abandoned by a grief-stricken father and scientist mother who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, 13-year-old Jenna Metcalf approaches a disgraced psychic and a jaded detective in the hopes of finding answers.

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Weeks on List: 10

Edge of Eternity

by Ken Follett

Hardcover, 1098 pages, Penguin Group USA, $36, published September 16 2014 | purchase

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Edge of Eternity
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This final book in Ken Follett's "Century Trilogy" continues the experiences of five intertwined international families as they confront the social, political and economic turmoil of the second half of the 20th century.