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*Adiga, Aravind The White Tiger (19)

*Alexander, Robert The Kitchen Boy (13)

Alexie, Sherman The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (21)

Algeo, Matthew Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure (9) Nonfiction

Alvarez, Julia How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (12)

*Ansay, A. Manette Blue Water (19)

*Atwood, Margaret Alias Grace (11)

*Austen, Jane Persuasion (20)

Bahr, Howard The Year of Jubilo: A Novel of the Civil War (18)

*Barnes, Julian The Sense of an Ending (22)

Baum, Dan Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans (10) Nonfiction

Beah, Ishmael Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier (22) Nonfiction

*Benioff, David City of Thieves: a Novel (17)

*Berendt, John City of Falling Angels (16) Nonfiction

Berendt, John Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (8) Nonfiction

*Berg, Elizabeth Dream When You’re Feeling Blue (12)

Blake, Sarah The Postmistress (17)

Bloom, Amy Love Invents Us (12)

Bourdain, Anthony A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines (12) Nonfiction

*Boyd, William Restless (20)

Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable (17)

*Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451 (10)

*Brooks, Geraldine Caleb's Crossing (22)

*Brooks, Geraldine March (15)

*Brooks, Geraldine People of the Book (18)

Bryson, Bill In a Sunburned Country (17) Nonfiction

Bryson, Bill Notes from a Small Island (18) Nonfiction

*Bryson, Bill A Walk in the Woods (20) Nonfiction

Buford, Bill Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-quoting Butcher in Tuscany (10) Nonfiction

Caldwell, Laura A Long Way Home: a young man lost in the system and the two women who found him (10) Nonfiction

*Campbell, Helen Turnip Blues (13)

*Cather, Willa My Antonia (11)

*Chevalier, Tracy The Lady and the Unicorn (10)

*Chevalier, Tracy Remarkable Creatures (9)

*Child, Julia My Life in France (16) Nonfiction

Ciresi, Rita Sometimes I Dream in Italian (21)

Clayton, Meg Waite The Wednesday Sisters (17)

*Cleave, Chris Little Bee (22)

*Conroy, Pat South of Broad (19)

*Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage (22)

*Dai, Sijie Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (16)

Dallas, Sandra The Diary of Mattie Spenser (15)

Davies, Peter Ho The Welsh Girl (24)

Dean, Debra Madonnas of Leningrad (19)

Desai, Kiran The Inheritance of Loss (17)

Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities (19)

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee The Mistress of Spices (13)

Doctorow, E.L. The March (20)

*Doig, Ivan The Whistling Season (18)

*Donoghue, Emma Room (19)

*Dubus, Andre House of Sand and Fog (13)

*Dunant, Sarah Birth of Venus (18)

Edwards, Kim The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (18)

*Egan, Jennifer A Visit from the Goon Squad (10)

Eggers, Dave Zeitoun (10) Nonfiction

Ehrenreich, Barbara Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (17) Nonfiction

Enger, Leif Peace Like a River (12)

Ephron, Amy A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 (19)

*Eugenides, Jeffrey The Marriage Plot (15)

Feiler, Bruce S. Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan (16) Nonfiction

Feiler, Bruce S. Walking the Bible (20) Nonfiction

Fey, Tina Bossypants (10) Nonfiction

Fleming, Peter Brazilian Adventure (14) Nonfiction

Flynn, Gillian Dark Places (10)

*Foer, Jonathan Safran Everything is Illuminated (20)

*Franklin, Tom Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (20)

*Friedman, Thomas The World is Flat (23) Nonfiction

Fuller, Alexandra Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (17) Nonfiction

Gallagher, Dorothy How I Came into My Inheritance: And Other True Stories (16) Nonfiction

Gibbons, Kaye Ellen Foster (13)

Gilbert, Elizabeth Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia (19) Nonfiction

*Gladwell, Malcolm Outliers: The Story of Success (22) Nonfiction

*Glass, Julia Three Junes (16)

*Goodwin, Doris Kearns Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir (13) Nonfiction

*Goolrick, Robert A Reliable Wife (21)

Gough, Laurie Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: a Woman’s Travel Odyssey (10) Nonfiction

Gowda, Shilpi Somaya The Secret Daughter (15)

Greenberg, Paul Four Fish: The Furut (10) Nonfiction

*Grisham, John A Painted House (24)

*Grissom, Kathleen The Kitchen House (20)

Groff, Lauren Arcadia (15)

*Grogan, John Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog (12) Nonfiction

Haddon, Mark The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (11)

Haddon, Mark The Red House (15)

*Haddon, Mark A Spot of Bother (20)

Haig, Matt The Dead Fathers Club (22)

Halpin, Brendan Donorboy (25)

*Hamilton, Jane When Madeline was Young (20)

Hamilton, Marsha The Camel Bookmobile (25)

*Hammett, Dashiell The Maltese Falcon (17)

Hancock, Noelle My Year With Eleanor (10) Nonfiction

Hannah, Kristen Winter Garden (16)

Hansen, Eric K. Bird Man and the Lap Dancer: Close Encounters with Strangers (19) Nonfiction

Harbach, Chad The Art of Fielding (8)

*Hart, John The Last Child (21)

*Haruf, Kent Plainsong (15)

Heat Moon, William Least River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America (16) Nonfiction

Hemingway, Ernest A Moveable Feast (15) Nonfiction

Hessler, Peter Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present (12) Nonfiction

*Hillenbrand, Laura Seabiscuit: an American Legend (13) Nonfiction

*Horan, Nancy Loving Frank (21)

Horn, Dara The World to Come (15)

Hornby, Nick About a Boy (19)

*Horwitz, Tony Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (12) Nonfiction

*Hosseini, Khaled The Kite Runner (21)

Houpt, Simon Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft (10) Nonfiction

Irwin, Terri Steve and Me (10) Nonfiction

Ishiguro, Kazuo Never Let Me Go (16)

*Jacobs, Kate The Friday Night Knitting Club (21)

*James, Henry Washington Square (10)

Janzen, Rhoda Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home (18) Nonfiction

*Jenkins, Peter A Walk Across America (20) Nonfiction

Jonasson, Jonas The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (15)

Jordan, Hillary Mudbound (6)

*Junger, Sebastian A Death in Belmont (9) Nonfiction

Kalish, Mildred Armstrong Little Heathens: Hard Times and Hard Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression (8) Nonfiction

*Kidd, Sue Monk The Secret Life of Bees (11)

*Kidder, Tracy Mountains Beyond Mountains (17) Nonfiction

King, Laurie The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (19)

Kingsolver, Barbara Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life (21) Nonfiction

Kohn, Rebecca The Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther (23)

Kokoris, Jim The Rich Part of Life (12)

Kotlowitz, Alex Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago (15) Nonfiction

Krakauer, Jon Into the Wild (19) Nonfiction

Krauss, Nicole The History of Love (16)

*Kurson, Robert Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See (22) Nonfiction

*Kwok, Jean Girl in Translation (18)

Lahiri, Jhumpa The Namesake (10)

*Larson, Erik In the Garden of Beasts (10) Nonfiction

*Larsson, Stieg The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (21)

Lawson, Mary Crow Lake (17)

*Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird (17)

*Letts, Billie The Honk and Holler Opening Soon (14)

Letts, Elizabeth Family Planning (18)

Letts, Tracy August: Osage County (21)

Lewis, Sara The Answer is Yes (20)

Liftin, Hilary Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a year) by an Ocean (19) Nonfiction

Luttrell, Marcus The Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team (10) Nonfiction

*Martel, Yann Life of Pi: A Novel (15)

Mattison, Alice The Book Borrower (15)

*McCall Smith, Alexander The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (10)

McEwan, Ian Saturday (16)

McGregor, Ewan & Charley Boorman Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World (12) Nonfiction

*McLain, Paula The Paris Wife (22)

Mehran, Marsha Pomegranate Soup (16)

Miller, Arthur The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (25)

Miller, Sue For Love (22)

*Miller, Sue The Senator’s Wife (17)

Mills, Mark Amagansett (22)

Moaveni, Azadeh Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran (16) Nonfiction

Morga, C.E. All the Living (21)

*Mortenson, Greg Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time (25) Nonfiction

*Nafisi, Azar Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (9) Nonfiction

*Obama, Barack The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (20) Nonfiction

*Obama, Barack Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (22) Nonfiction

*O’Brien, Tim The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction (16)

O’Faolain, Nuala Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman (14) Nonfiction

*O’Flynn, Catherine What Was Lost (25)

Oliveira, Robin My Name is Mary Sutter (17)

O’Nan, Stewart The Good Wife (14)

O’Reilly, James, ed. Travelers’ Tales, Thailand: True Stories (14) Nonfiction

*Otsuka, Julie The Buddha in the Attic (22)

Otsuka, Julie When the Emperor Was Divine (9)

*Packer, Ann Songs Without Words (17)

Parkin, Gaile Baking Cakes in Kigali (15)

*Patchett, Ann Bel Canto (7)

*Pausch, Randy The Last Lecture (10) Nonfiction

Perry, Michael Truck: A Love Story (9) Nonfiction

Pickard, Nancy The Scent of Rain and Lightning (21)

Pickard, Nancy The Virgin of Small Plains (22)

*Rachman, Tom The Imperfectionists (15)

*Rash, Ron Serena (15)

Robinson, Marilynne Housekeeping (13)

*Rodriguez, Deborah Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil(16) Nonfiction

Roiphe, Anne Richardson An Imperfect Lens (25)

Roth, Philip American Pastoral (11)

*Roth, Philip The Plot Against America (19)

Ruiz Zafon, Carlos Shadow of the Wind (8)

Russert, Tim Big Russ and Me: Father and Son, Lessons of Life (9) Nonfiction

*Russo, Richard That Old Cape Magic (22)

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye (20)

Salon.com Salon.com's Wanderlust: Real-life tales of Adventure and Romance (16) Nonfiction

Santiago, Esmeralda When I Was Puerto Rican (14) Nonfiction

*Seierstad, Asne The Bookseller of Kabul (17) Nonfiction

*See, Lisa Shanghai Girls (9)

*See, Lisa Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (19)

*Shaffer, Mary Ann The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (23)

Shanman, Ellen Everything Nice (25)

*Shreve, Anita The Pilot’s Wife (16)

*Shreve, Anita Sea Glass (20)

*Shreve, Anita The Weight of Water (16)

*Simonson, Helen Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (22)

*Sin, Kyong-suk Please Look After Mom (22) Nonfiction

*Skloot, Rebecca The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (17) Nonfiction

Smith, Patti Just Kids (10)

Stanger-Ross, Ilana Sima's Undergarments for Women (18)

Steinbach, Alice Without Reservations: the Travels of an Independent Woman (20) Nonfiction

Stewart, Chris Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain (19) Nonfiction

Stewart, Rory The Places in Between (12) Nonfiction

*Stockett, Kathryn The Help (31)

Strout, Elizabeth Olive Kitteridge (26)

*Suberman, Stella The Jew Store (16) Nonfiction

Theroux, Paul The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia (18) Nonfiction

*Towles, Amor Rules of Civility (8)

Truong, Monique T. D. The Book of Salt (25)

Tsukiyama, Gail The Samurai’s Garden (17)

Tucker, Lisa The Song Reader (20)

*Turner, Nancy E. These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901: Arizone Territories (7)

*Tyler, Anne The Amateur Marriage (17)

*Tyler, Anne Back When We Were Grownups (17)

*Tyler, Anne Digging to America (9)

Udall, Brady The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint (17)

Umrigar, Thrity N. The Space Between Us (17)

Vonnegut, Kurt Mother Night (12)

*Watson, S.J. Before I Go To Sleep (10)

Waugh, Evelyn The Loved One: an Anglo-American Tragedy (19)

Weiner, Eric The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World (13) Nonfiction

*West, Dorothy The Wedding (16)

*White, Bailey Quite a Year For Plums (20)

Wolfe, Swain The Lake Dreams the Sky (19)

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Yglesias, Helen The Girls (20)

Yoshimoto, Banana Kitchen (14)

*Zaslow, Jeffrey The Girls from Ames (22) Nonfiction

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