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On the Blue Comet

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ISBN: 9780763658151
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2012

Lionel trains and time travel, what could be better?  Set during the crash of 1929, this adventurous tale is part historical fiction and part fantasy. The beautiful illustrations of Bagram Ibatouline grace this period piece. See the trains at Lionel’s site.

Robin


Gone Girl

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ISBN: 9780307588364
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Published: Crown - June 5th, 2012

Gillian Flynn captured my attention with her portrayal of the “perfectly,” amazing, Amy Elliott Dunne and her husband, Nick.  This psychological suspense novel is a story about a marriage gone wrong.  It’s about Amy, the cool girl and Nick, her handsome husband; what they do to attract each other and how they evolve over the years while attempting to maintain this “perfect” marriage.  On their 5th anniversary, Amy goes missing…from that moment on, the plot is full of twists and turns. If you are a fan of riveting suspense novels, Gillian Flynn’s, Gone Girl is for you.


Barbara


Fakes

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Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters,
By David Shields (Editor), Matthew Vollmer (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780393341959
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 15th, 2012

Ballard, Barthelme, Davis, Foer, Moody, Moore, Saunders, Theroux and more. Fakes is a collection of short stories masquerading as other things; indexes, acknowledgements, a note to William Carlos Williams your inconsiderate roommate, catalogs, instructions...This intelligent, innovative and playful collection is a must for short story fans.


Josh


Finding Nouf

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ISBN: 9780547237787
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Published: Mariner Books - May 6th, 2009

The first of a series of literary mysteries set in Saudi Arabia. (the 3rd is now out in hardback).  Finding Nouf  gives us an enlightening picture of the lives of everyday Saudi men and women, the common frustration at the constraints of the pious and strict society and a thoroughly addictive couple of sleuths in Nayir ash-Sharqi, a desert guide and Katya Hijazi a lab technician and educated modern woman who dares to work in public and uncover her face.

Susannah


Flight Behavior

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ISBN: 9780062124265
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Published: Harper - November 6th, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver tackles global warming with a heartfelt tale of one Appalachian family. Even though we know Kingsolver has a point to make she wraps it around a very compelling well told tale.  She brings together a rural fundamentalist family, all with different ideas about what is right, and a team of scientists who descend on the area to study the bizarre behavior of Monarch butterflies. What I appreciate in Kingsolver’s writing is her ability to get into the hearts and minds of her characters which transcend to all of us her readers.

Jane D


The Hollow Man

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ISBN: 9780062136718
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 23rd, 2012

A straight-out-of-the-gate crime masterpiece by first-time author Harris.  Something about the UK produces knockout first  novels by crime writers - The Ghosts of Belfast; The Guards. This is another one.
Gary


Fifty Year Sword

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ISBN: 9780307907721
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Published: Pantheon - October 16th, 2012

An ominous figure tells the story of his quest for a weapon, through the Valley of Salt, The Forest of Falling Notes, and The Mountain of Manyone Paths, to five orphans at a Halloween party in East Texas. A beautiful object and a brilliant novel, The Fifty Year Sword has the timelessness of a fairy tale while reveling in the sensuality of turning pages. More proof Danielewski is one of our greatest writers.
Josh


My Brilliant Friend

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

I am always attracted to the physical specimen that is a Europa edition. A smooth, square, French-flapped volume containing some of the best literary fiction being published today. My Brilliant Friend, perhaps because it is a translation, is composed of concise prose and chronicles a lifelong friendship between two women, Elena and Lila, growing up in post WWII Italy where women, particularly smart women, struggled under the repressive patriarchy. This story, the first of a trilogy, begins with a disappearance as do her other novels and ends with a bit of a cliffhanger leaving one eager for the next installment.
Ellen


The Berlin Game

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ISBN: 9781402795145
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Published: Sterling - August 7th, 2012

Len Deighton (The Ipcress File) is the other cold war suspense master. This is the first of his Bernard Sampson trilogy, and it's as seedy and treacherous and wry and compelling as Le Carre's George Smiley Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy series. A welcome re-release of a classic trio.


Gary


We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

The perfect Halloweeny read- creepy tension builds up slowly to a devastating climax. Teenage Mary Katherine lives in a decrepit mansion with her sister and uncle: “The rest of my family is dead.” But then cousin Charles shows up to wreck her perfect home and destroy the family- at least, that’s what she says. But should we believe her?


Marie


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