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Jun 13, 2014The Silver Star follows two sisters who, after being abandoned by their artist mother, are sent to live with their uncle in his decaying antebellum mansion. It appears at No. 4.
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May 28, 2014 — Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland follows a pair of adult psychic twins in St. Louis. It appears at No. 13.
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Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
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Nov 4, 2013 — The author of Forgotten Country went from crunching numbers to writing, though she says words were always her first love. Her novel explores the tenuous lines between freedom and selfishness.
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Sep 15, 2013 — Shirley Hazzard's 1980 novel Transit of Venus tells a sweeping, decades-long tale of two Australian sisters and three men, with a dash of astronomy thrown in. Author Roxana Robinson says the novel entranced her with tragedy, complexity and elegant, arresting prose.
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Sep 6, 2013 — Daniel Woodrell's new novel explores the lingering consequences of an explosion in an Ozarks dance hall that kills 42 people. It wasn't an accident, but the book isn't about a hunt for the murderer. Instead, reviewer Ellah Allfrey says, it's a remarkable study of a surviving sister's life and grief.
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Sep 5, 2013 — For nearly a century, Daniel Woodrell's hometown of West Plains, Mo., has been haunted by a dance-hall explosion that killed dozens of the town's young people in 1928. Woodrell explores the disaster — and his Ozarks roots — in his new novel The Maid's Version.
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Aug 24, 2013 — Thomas Keneally's new novel, The Daughters of Mars, follows two Australian sisters who become nurses during World War I. Naomi and Sally Durance share a guilty secret, but they don't share any sisterly closeness — until the horrors of war begin to bind them together.
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Aug 20, 2013 — Thomas Kenneally's new novel, The Daughters of Mars, follows two Australian sisters who become nurses in World War I. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says the book is "the work of a master storyteller, sharing a tale that is simultaneously sprawling and intimate."
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Aug 7, 2013 — Japanese crime writer Natsuo Kirino's latest veers into myth and legend: The Goddess Chronicle retells Japan's creation story with a feminist perspective. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says it's a dark and lovely tale, unfortunately marred by stiff, awkward writing.
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