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1. The Goldfinch. By Donna Tart. Little, Brown.

2. The Invention of Wings. By Sue Monk Kidd. Viking.

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3. The Kept. By James Scott. Harper.

4. Under the Wide and Starry Sky. By Nancy Horan. Ballantine.

5. The Fault in Our Stars. By John Green. Dutton.

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6. The Days of Anna Madrigal. By Armistead Maupin. Harper.

7. Gone Girl. By Gillian Flynn. Crown.

8. The Wrong Girl. By Hank Phillippi Ryan. Forge.

9. Sycamore Row (tie). By John Grisham. Doubleday.

9. The Husband’s Secret (tie). By Liane Moriarty. Amy Einhorn Books.


1. Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. By Robert M. Gates. Knopf.

2. The Bully Pulpit. By Doris Kearns Goodwin. Simon and Schuster.

3. Jerusalem: A Cookbook. By Yotam Ottolenghi. Ten Speed.

4. David and Goliath. By Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown.

5. Orr. By Bobby Orr. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

6. My Promised Land. By Ari Shavit. Spiegel & Grau.

7. Little Failure (tie). By Gary Shteyngart. Random House.

7. Lean In (tie). By Sheryl Sandberg. Knopf.

9. Unbroken. By Laura Hillenbrand. Random House.

10. The Kid. By Ben Bradlee Jr. Little, Brown.



1. Dear Life. By Alice Munro. Vintage.

2. Life After Life. By Kate Atkinson. Back Bay Books.

3. Beautiful Ruins. By Jess Walter. Harper.

4. Where’d You Go Bernadette. By Maria Semple. Back Bay Books.

5. Tenth of December. By George Saunders. Random House.

6. The Golem and the Jinni. By Helene Wecker. Harper.

7. The Book Thief. By Markus Zusak. Knopf.

8. Flamethrowers (tie). By Rachel Kushner. Scribner.

8. A Tale for the Time Being (tie). By Ruth Ozeki. Penguin.

10. A Week in Winter. By Maeve Binchy. Anchor.


1. My Beloved World. By Sonia Sotomayor. Vintage.

2. Orange Is the New Black. By Piper Kerman. Spiegel & Grau.

3. Lone Survivor. By Marcus Luttrell. Little, Brown.

4. The Moth. By Catherine Burns (Editor, Introduction) Adam Gopnik (Preface), George Dawes Green (Foreword). Hyperion.

5. The Monuments Men. By Robert M. Edsel (Author), Bret Witter (Contributor). Center Street.

6. Wild. By Cheryl Strayed. Vintage.

7. Hyperbole and a Half. By Allie Brosh. Touchstone.

8. Unlikely Loves. By Jennifer S. Holland. Workman.

9. Wave. By Sonali Deraniyagala.Vintage.

10. The Secrets of Happy Families. By Bruce Feiler. William Morrow.

Compiled from Andover Bookstore, Harvard Book Store, Book Rack Bookstore, Concord Bookshop, The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, New England Mobile, Wellesley, Porter Square, Brookline Booksmith, and Book Ends Winchester.

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