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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn

FLYNN

When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.


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Still Alice
Lisa Genova

GENOVA

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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Austenland: A Novel
Shannon Hale

HALE

Because her obsession with Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” is ruining her love life, Jane Hayes is delighted when she gets the chance to take a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women.


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Life of Pi
Yann Martel

MARTEL

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship in the Pacific, one solitary lifeboat remains, carrying a hyena, a zebra, a female orangutan, a Bengal tiger, and a 16-year-old Indian boy names Pi. His story is a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound listeners in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will as one character puts it, make you believe in God.


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Cloud Atlas: A Novel
David Mitchell

MITCHELL

Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.


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The Hundred-Foot Journey
Richard C. Morais

MORAIS

The boisterous Haji family opens an inexpensive Indian cafe opposite an esteemed French restaurant—that of the famous chef Madame Mallory—and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor—the famous chef Madame Mallory.


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The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel
Matthew Quick

QUICK

After Pat Peoples and his wife Nikki separate, he goes to live with his parents but everything seems changed. No one wants to talk to him about Nikki, his old friends are busy with their families, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as therapy. He meets Tiffany, a clinically depressed widow, who offers to act as a liaison between the couple if Pat will give up watching football, agrees to perform in the Dance Away Depression competition and not tell anyone about their contract.


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Serena
Ron Rash

RASH

Traveling to the mountains of 1929 North Carolina to forge a timber business with her new husband, Serena Pemberton champions her mastery of harsh natural and working conditions but turns murderous when she learns she cannot bear children.
 


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Child 44 (Leo Demidov Trilogy)
Tom Rob Smith

SMITH

Despite his loyalty to the Soviet Union, Leo Demiclov is arrested, demoted, and denounced. Exiled from his home, with only his wife at his side, Leo must find and stop a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.


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Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks

SPARKS

Katie, a newcomer to the small town of Southport, North Carolina, resists forming any personal ties until she is drawn into relationships with Alex, a young widower, and Jo, her plainspoken single neighbor, who help her overcome her fearful past.


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This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel
Jonathan Tropper

TROPPER

Shortly after Judd’s wife leaves him for his boss, Judd’s father Mort passes away, bringing the entire family together in mourning. During this week of “sitting shiva,” Judd realizes his siblings are even more dysfunctional than he is.


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Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel
S. J. Watson

WATSON

An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.


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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks

HORROR BROOKS

An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.


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Warm Bodies: A Novel
Isaac Marion

HORROR MARION

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love with a human, in this original debut novel. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Not just another zombie novel, this is funny, scary, and deeply moving.


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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens

CLASSIC DICKENS

An unknown benefactor provides Philip Pirrip with the chance to escape his poor upbringing. Aspiring to be a gentleman, and encouraged by his expectations of wealth, he abandons his friends and moves to London. His expectations prove to be unfounded however, and he must return home penniless.


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Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin Classics)
Thomas Hardy

Fate seems to control the unusual events surrounding Bathsheba Everdene as she is courted and married to three different men.


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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, No. 1)
Lee Child

MYS CHILD

Ex-MP Jack Reacher goes into action to find his brother’s killers, after a series of brutal crimes terrorizes tiny Margrave, Georgia, only to uncover the dark and deadly conspiracy concealed behind the town’s peaceful facade.


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One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Janet Evanovich

MYS EVANOVICH

When Stephanie Plum needs money , she turns to bounty hunting for quick cash…even though she has no idea what to do and doesn’t own a gun. Luckily, her first quarry, an ex-cop accused of murder, turns out to be her first lover, with whom she still shares a powerful chemistry; unluckily, he’s better at getting away than she is at catching him. With the help of a mysterious new friend, Ranger, who shows her some tricks of the trade, Stephanie just might turn this new job into a career.


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The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

SF TOLKIEN

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.


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Alan Turing: The Enigma
Andrew Hodges

ART PERFORM HOD

The book that inspired the film “The Imitation Game.” It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades—all before his suicide in 1941.


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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Elizabeth Gilbert

BIOGRAPHY GILBERT

Like many others, around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. Although she had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want, including a husband, a home, and a successful career, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. This is an account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.


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Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything
Jane Hawking

BIOGRAPHY HAWKING

The book that inspired the film The Theory of Everything. The wife of the renowned British physicist describes their courtship and marriage, her years caring for his physical needs, his rise to prominence as a scientist and world celebrity, their bitter divorce, and later reconciliation.


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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice

BIOGRAPHY KYLE

A member of Navy SEAL Team 3 describes his life as a father and husband, and as the serviceman with the most confirmed sniper kills in the history of the United States military while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed

BIOGRAPHY STRAYED

Traces the personal crisis the author endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.


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The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal
Ben Mezrich

COMPUTER INTERNET FACEBOOK MEZ

Relates the story behind the founding of Facebook by Harvard University undergraduates, and describes how conflicting ideas for the future of the site destroyed the friendship of co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin.


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Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio

POLITICS MEN

Relates the true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. Armed with foreign film visas, Antonio Mendez and a team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders, directors, producers and actors traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect scenery and backdrops, the team succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired.


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Have a Little Faith: A True Story
Mitch Albom

SPIRIT INSPIR ALB

When an eighty-two-year-old rabbi from Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy, Albom goes back to his nonfiction roots and becomes involved with a Detroit pastor—a reformed drug dealer and convict—who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof. A timely, moving, and inspiring look at faith: not just who believes, but why.


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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Michael Lewis

SPORTS BASEBALL LEW

Over the years, baseball has evolved into a game where cash is king. In the professional world, the teams with the most money land the best players. Disgruntled at the ever-lopsided nature of America’s pastime, several baseball enthusiasts have attempted to come up with a winning formula for the underdogs. Here, several fans, working in many different fields, present the secret ways to win in baseball.


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