NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 4, 2014 A mysterious package compels a reclusive bookstore owner to reconsider his approach to life in Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It appears at No. 13.
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Weeks on List: 14

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Paperback, 422 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 26 2014 | purchase

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After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.

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Weeks on List: 5

The Martian

by Andy Weir

Paperback, 387 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges.

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Weeks on List: 45

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Paperback, 304 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home. Molly discovers that she and Vivian are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

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Weeks on List: 5

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

by Anna Quindlen

Paperback, 265 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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Still Life With Bread Crumbs
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Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.

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Weeks on List: 8

The Best American Short Stories 2014

by Jennifer Egan and Heidi Pitlor

Paperback, 360 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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The Best American Short Stories 2014
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Presents 20 of the best works of short fiction of the past year.

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Weeks on List: 38

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paperback, 588 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase

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Americanah
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Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love as students in Nigeria, when the country is under military rule and those with the means to leave the country do. Ifemelu goes to America to study and prospers there. But Obinze can't get into to America and winds up living in London under assumed names. When they're reunited in their homeland 15 years later, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.

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Weeks on List: 9

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

by Alice Hoffman

Paperback, 368 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published September 30 2014 | purchase

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The daughter of a curiosities museum's front man pursues a love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer who, after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox Jewish community, has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

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Weeks on List: 8

The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton

Paperback, 834 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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In a coastal New Zealand town during the 1866 gold rush, prostitute Anna Wetherell is arrested on the same day that three men with various connections to her disappear.

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Weeks on List: 26

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Paperback, 295 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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The Rosie Project
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A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife. He instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

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Weeks on List: 4

Olive Kitteridge

by Elizabeth Strout

Paperback, 301 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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Olive Kitteridge
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The world of Olive Kitteridge, a retired school teacher in a small coastal town in Maine, is revealed in stories that explore her diverse roles in many lives, including a lounge singer haunted by a past love, her stoic husband and her own resentful son.

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Weeks on List: 5

The First Phone Call from Heaven

by Mitch Albom

Paperback, 326 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published October 21 2014 | purchase

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The First Phone Call from Heaven
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This novel follows a single father just released from prison as he sets out to prove that the mysterious calls from beyond to the residents of Coldwater, Michigan are nothing but a hoax.

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Weeks on List: 24

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

by Neil Gaiman

Paperback, 14 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
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When otherworldly beings are set loose on the world, they threaten the life of a little boy. But the extraordinary Hempstock women — Lettie, her mother and her grandmother — summon all of their courage and cleverness to keep him alive. Soon they discover that his survival comes with a high and deadly price.

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Weeks on List: 1

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

Paperback, 288 pages, Workman Pub Co, $14.95, published December 2 2014 | purchase

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
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When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

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Weeks on List: 14

Sycamore Row

by John Grisham

Paperback, 456 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published August 19 2014 | purchase

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Sycamore Row
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When wealthy Seth Hubbard hangs himself from a sycamore tree and leaves his fortune to his black maid, Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.

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Weeks on List: 1

An Unnecessary Woman

by Rabih Alameddine

Paperback, 291 pages, Pgw, $16, published November 11 2014 | purchase

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An Unnecessary Woman
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Rabih Alameddine

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An obsessive introvert in Beirut, eschewed by her family and neighbors for her divorced status and lack of religious reverence, quietly translates favorite books into Arabic while struggling with her aging body, until an unthinkable disaster threatens what little life remains to her.

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