NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of February 26, 2015 An isolated bookstore owner starts to change his life after receiving a mysterious package in Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It appears at No. 7.
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Weeks on List: 7

Fifty Shades Of Grey

by E.L. James

Paperback, 514 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 6 2015 | purchase

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Growing out of a piece of fan fiction that recast Twilight's Bella and Edward in sexier scenarios, Fifty Shades of Grey tells the steamy affair of a student journalist and an intriguing young entrepreneur.

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Weeks on List: 17

The Martian

by Andy Weir

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

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The Martian
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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: 3

One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories

by B. J. Novak

Paperback, 276 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published February 3 2015 | purchase

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One More Thing
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Stories and Other Stories
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This debut collection from The Office writer B.J. Novak includes a story in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win causes more harm than good for his family.

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Weeks on List: 38

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: 57

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

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

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Orphan Train
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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: 26

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

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

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Gone Girl
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Gillian Flynn

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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: 13

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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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: 50

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: 32

Fifty Shades Darker

by E.L. James

Paperback, 532 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 17 2012 | purchase

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Fifty Shades Darker
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After a brief breakup, Anastasia and Christian change their arrangement, and both wrestle with their inner demons as Anastasia tries to make an important decision.

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Weeks on List: 7

Still Alice

by Lisa Genova

Paperback, 293 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published December 2 2014 | purchase

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Still Alice
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Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.

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Weeks on List: 4

The Son

by Jo Nesbo and Charlotte Barslund

Paperback, 495 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 27 2015 | purchase

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The Son
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While serving time for crimes he did not commit in exchange for heroin payouts, Sonny Lofthus learns disturbing truths about his police officer father's suicide.

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Weeks on List: 7

The Winter People

by Jennifer McMahon

Paperback, 377 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published January 6 2015 | purchase

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The Winter People
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Coming of age in an old farmhouse, 19-year-old Ruthie begins a search for her agoraphobic mother and discovers the century-old diary of the farmhouse's long-ago resident, a grieving mother who died under mysterious circumstances.

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Weeks on List: 3

The Cairo Affair

by Olen Steinhauer

Paperback, 408 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published January 27 2015 | purchase

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The Cairo Affair
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The assassination of an American diplomat in Hungary places a Cairo-based CIA agent, an Egyptian intelligence agent and an American analyst at the mercy of a dangerous political game of shifting allegiances.

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Weeks on List: 2

The Matchmaker

by Elin Hilderbrand

Paperback, 360 pages, Little Brown & Co, $17, published February 10 2015 | purchase

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The Matchmaker
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Storied matchmaker and Nantucket resident Dabney Kimball has her life turned upside down when her true love returns to the island after 27 years.

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Weeks on List: 9

My Brilliant Friend

Childhood, Adolescence

by Elena Ferrante

Paperback, 331 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published September 25 2012 | purchase

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My Brilliant Friend
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Childhood, Adolescence
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Elena and Lila grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.