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68“Shanghai Girls”

A tale of two sisters, Lisa See’s “Shanghai Girls” weaves an intimate, eventful plot into the fabric of China’s recent history.

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69“This Is Where I Leave You”

Jonathan Tropper’s fifth novel reinvents the dysfunctional family with cutting one-liners and laugh-out-loud humor that, despite everything, brings out the best in his characters.

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70“A Friend of the Family”

Pete Dizinhoff’s righteous contentment with the life of suburban comfort he has built falters in “A Friend of the Family.”

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73“Eight White Nights”

Guy and girl meet. Guy and girl fall in love. It’s a familiar story, made unique by the Proustian prose of Andre Aciman’s novel “Eight White Nights.”

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75“Some Things Meant the World to Me”

Struggles, past and present, are equally viable in Joshua Mohr’s blunt, fearless first novel “Some Things Meant the World to Me.”

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Richard Powers creates an all-too-real dystopia of rearranged chromosomes, chemical imbalances, and a pharmaceutical industry bent on manufacturing happiness.

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78“Heroic Measures”

Jill Ciment’s whirlwind novel involves disease, terrorist attacks, and an unforgettable elderly couple from New York.

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79“Unfinished Desires”

Sharply written and laced with the complexities of female power, “Unfinished Desires” transports the reader through a hundred years at a Catholic school in North Carolina.

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86“The Year of the Flood”

The horrific yet plausible future depicted in Margaret Atwood’s “The Year of the Flood” compels the reader to reexamine the present.

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“Drift” forces us headfirst into the minds of various people whose lives are as stable as the waves crashing into the California coast.

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