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Murder in Passy by Cara Black

Full of French political intrigue, Cara Black’s atmospheric eleventh Aimée Leduc investigation finds the Paris PI’s world turned upside down with the arrest of her godfather and long-time mentor, Commissaire Morbier, for murder. “Another fun, absorbing, well-plotted Aimée Leduc mystery, more brisk in the telling than ever; your passport to Paris.” —Library Journal. Don’t miss the next book in the series, Murder at the Lantern Rouge, now in hardcover.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781616950637
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Published: Soho Crime - March 6th, 2012

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A fortune at stake, an evil corporation to defeat, a girl to win, and more than one world to save. Wade Watts has his work cut out for him, and the competition just blew up his trailer. This book is a veritable “nerdacopia” of references and nostalgia. If you’ve ever played a video game or an RPG, or are even vaguely conscious of the 1980s, this is the book for you!

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Erin
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ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This is a story about personal languages: how we create them and miscommunicate them. Diffenbaugh’s lovely, clear-eyed prose gives us a story of the small things that shape our lives, the decisions that haunt us, and how we slowly, often painfully, yet worthily, begin to learn the languages of others.

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Erin
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ISBN: 9780345525550
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2012

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka tells a story of Japanese picture brides who immigrated to the West Coast in the United States between 1908 and 1920, and their experiences up to World War II. Utilizing the unique, choral “we” to depict her characters, Otsuka may tread on dangerous ground (in generalizing an entire group), yet she pulls off a powerful demonstration of multivocality among group members, with lyricism and refreshing innovation. Nominated for a 2011 National Book Award and winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
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Steve
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ISBN: 9780307744425
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Published: Anchor - March 20th, 2012

Trapeze by Simon Mawer

This smart and compelling novel gave me a glimpse into a fascinating element of World War II—a group of young, seemingly ordinary women were highly trained in firearms, fighting, code breaking and parachuting, and then sent to work undercover in occupied Europe. Mawer’s fictional account follows one of these women, Marian Sutro, as she navigates a world of danger and intrigue. A highly realistic and well-researched novel that is addictive from first word to last.

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Kat
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781590515273
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Published: Other Press - May 1st, 2012

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

I’ve been a fan of Yoshimoto since stumbling upon Kitchen nearly eight years ago. She remains one of my favorite writers, and The Lake reminds me why. Her prose is uncomplicated and her voice earnest, giving the reader an intimate and delightful vantage point from which to enjoy her quirky characters. With six long years between the Japanese and English versions of this short novel, I’m trying to take it in as slowly as I can.
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Bucket
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ISBN: 9781612190891
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Published: Melville House - January 24th, 2012

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

Nell Freudenberger is a relentlessly talented writer and The Newlyweds is a work of beauty and poetry. Centered around Amina, a recent immigrant from Bangladesh who moved to America to marry a man she met online, the narrative’s strength and complexity lie in its presentation of Amina’s past and the histories of her friends and family. Truly a work to make you think and to spur many discussions, the novel offers a nuanced look at marriage and life.
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Nici
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780307268846
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Published: Knopf - May 1st, 2012

Home by Toni Morrison

As much as I would have liked to proclaim that I took the news that Toni Morrison had a new novel coming out with resounding calm and groundedness (qualities that I somehow imbue Ms. Morrison with), truth be told, I omitted several squeals that hit an octave that probably woke my neighbor’s dog. Knopf, her publisher, is keeping it somewhat under wraps until its actual street-release date (do they not know the amount of extra tension this causes???) but here’s what I do know: It tells the story of a Korean war veteran who has returned home and is on a quest to save his younger sister. It’s almost a novella, at only 160 pages. Home is rumored to be one of her finest books yet, which is saying something: Her other books, which include Beloved, Jazz, Sula, and The Bluest Eye, demonstrate her gifts as a writer of almost unbelievable grace and wisdom.
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$24.00
ISBN: 9780307594167
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Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2012

A Feast of Ice and Fire

For all my kings, queens, and Dothraki horselords: this cookbook is sure to delight and satisfy! With everything from Bowls o' Brown to Cream Swans, you will be able to present a medieval feast fit for the King of the North. Each recipe has both a medieval and a modern version to double the fun.

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Katie
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780345534491
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Published: Bantam - May 29th, 2012

Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson

Whether single-layer, towering, icebox, cupcake, roll-up, or upside-down, this charming book has cakes for every occasion. Inspired by the discovery of a long-forgotten box of old recipes, Richardson takes us on a delicious a cake walk—from Maple Pecan Chiffon Cake with Brown Butter Icing to Honey Bee Cake to Not for Children Gingerbread Bundt Cake—that will make any home baker swoon. Vintage Cakes is packed with approachable recipes and irresistible photos. It’s a love letter to American baking.

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S.B.
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781607741022
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 31st, 2012

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