Fiction Best Sellers January 2012



 

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By King, Stephen
2011-11 – Scribner Book Company
BookPage Notable Title King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high-school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. 864 pp. 2,000,000 print. (General Fiction)  
Death Comes to Pemberley Death Comes to Pemberley
By James, P.D.
2011-12 – Knopf Publishing Group
A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel “Pride and Prejudice” into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem. Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett’s disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered. 
 
The Art of Fielding The Art of Fielding
By Harbach, Chad
2011-09 – Little Brown and Company
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
 
The Sense of an Ending The Sense of an Ending
By Barnes, Julian
2011-10 – Knopf Publishing Group
2011 Man Booker Prize WinnerBy an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, “The Sense of an Ending” extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with “Arthur & George” and continued with “Nothing to Be Frightened Of” and, most recently, “Pulse.” 
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By Murakami, Haruki
Translator Rubin, Jay
Translator Gabriel, Philip
2011-10 – Knopf Publishing Group
BookPage Notable TitleThe long-awaited magnum opus from Haruki Murakami, in which this revered and best-selling author gives us his hypnotically addictive, mind-bending ode to George Orwell’s “1984.” 
The Marriage Plot The Marriage Plot
By Eugenides, Jeffrey
2011-10 – Farrar Straus Giroux
BookPage Notable Title
It’s the early 1980s–the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. But real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. 416 pp. 400,000 print. (General Fiction) 

 

The Litigators The Litigators
By Grisham, John
2011-10 – Doubleday Books
The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pull-ing the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that’s never “by the book.” Maybe that’s why, after more than twenty years of consecutive #1 “New York Times” best sellers, a new novel by America’s favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event. 
 
The Night Circus The Night Circus
By Morgenstern, Erin
2011-09 – Doubleday BooksTo enter the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Reves is to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people really do disappear. Even though visitors believe the performances are all illusion, they are obsessively drawn to this extraordinary night circus. Those who run and perform in the circus are its lifeblood. Marco Alisdair runs the operation from London as assistant to the eccentric proprietor. Celia Bowen holds it all together from her role as illusionist. As magicians, Marco and Celia are bound to each other in a deadly competition of powers, creating ever more fantastical venues for circus goers to marvel at. But falling in love was never part of the game, and the players struggle to extricate themselves from this contest while keeping the circus afloat. 
State of Wonder State of Wonder
By Patchett, Ann
2011-06 – Harper
BookPage Notable TitleAward-winning “New York Times”-bestselling author Patchett (“Bel Canto, The Magician’s Assistant”) returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest–a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love. 
The Cat's Table The Cat’s Table
By Ondaatje, Michael
2011-10 – Knopf Publishing Group
BookPage Notable Title
From Michael Ondaatje: a stunning new novel–by turns poignant and electrifying–about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a sea voyage. 
The Paris Wife The Paris Wife
By McLain, Paula
2011-02 – Ballantine Books
BookPage Notable TitleA deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, “The Paris Wife” captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. 
The Drop The Drop
By Connelly, Michael
2011-11 – Little Brown and Company
BookPage Notable Title
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder case matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? 416 pp. (Espionage/Thriller) 

 

The Leopard The Leopard
By Nesbo, Jo
Translator Bartlett, Don
2011-12 – Knopf Publishing Group
Two women are found murdered in Oslo–both of them have drowned in their own blood. What mystifies the police is that the puncture wounds in the victims’ faces have been caused from the inside of their mouths. Kaja Solness from Homicide is sent to Hong Kong to track down a man who is the Oslo Police Department’s only specialist on serial killings. The severely addicted detective has tried to disappear in the vast, anonymous city. He is on the run and haunted by his last case, the woman he loves, and creditors alike. His name is Harry Hole. 
 
V Is for Vengeance V Is for Vengeance
By Grafton, Sue
2011-11 – Marian Wood Book
BookPage Notable Title
A woman with a murky past who kills herself. A dying old man. A lovely woman. A professional shoplifting ring. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband. A spoiled kid. A lonely widower. An elegant but ruthless businessman whose dealings are definitely outside the law: the spider at the center of the web. And in the middle of it all is Kinsey Millhone, whose 38th-birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose. 448 pp. 1,250,000 print. (Mystery/Detective) 

 

The Prague Cemetery The Prague Cemetery
By Eco, Umberto
Translator Dixon, Richard
2011-11 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
The story of a secret agent who weaves plots, conspiracies, intrigues and attacks, and helps determine the historical and political fate of the Continent. 

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