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Dec 13, 2013 — Martha Woodroof looks at the process of acquiring a first novel from the point of view of publishers who both employ their own taste and then take care of the deal.
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Jan 11, 2013Death Comes To Pemberley, P.D. James' whodunit sequel to a Jane Austen classic, appears at No. 10.
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Aug 3, 2012 — In its fourth week on the list, young magicians fall in love in Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus.
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Jul 13, 2012The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's tale of romance between magicians, debuts at No. 6.
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Jul 5, 2012 — In fiction, Erin Morgenstern conjures star-crossed magicians, Rachel DeWoskin revisits the horrors of high school, and Dean Bakopoulos' widower pursues new love. In nonfiction, James Carroll visits the real and imagined Jerusalem.
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Feb 7, 2012 — This week brings four novels about love: childhood love in immigrant Brooklyn; married love in dot-com San Francisco; intergenerational love and tension in Philadelphia; and an academic father's sometimes obtuse love for his three daughters. In nonfiction, football star Michael Oher describes his experiences in foster care.
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Dec 13, 2011 — NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
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Sep 23, 2011The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's fanciful tale of a mysterious circus, debuts at No.1.
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Sep 13, 2011 — A life-or-death competition between two young magicians plays out in Erin Morgenstern's debut novel. Layers of trickery and masterful sleight of hand make it hard to know what's real and what's fake. "My magic is sort of real-world magic," Morgenstern says.
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Sep 12, 2011 — Two young, star-crossed magicians compete against each other in a mysterious, lifelong competition in Erin Morgenstern's sparkling debut novel.
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