Best of 2011 (Staff Picks) - For Adults

The Most Dangerous Thing

By Laura Lippman

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Once the best of friends until a terrible secret tore them apart, a group of friends are suddenly brought back together under tragic circumstances and wonder if their long-ago lie is the reason for their troubles today and if someone is out to destroy them.

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The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern

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Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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My New American Life

By Francine Prose

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While working for an idealistic college professor, twenty-six-year old Lula, an Albanian trying to make a better life for herself in America, finds her life taking a complicated turn when her Albanian "brothers" return, in a novel set in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Moondogs

By Alexander Yates

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This is a gritty, ambitious, and often entertaining debut novel about a father and a son, a kidnapping, and a special task force whose members have extraordinary paranormal skills. Set in the Philippines, the story focuses on Benicio's search for his estranged father.

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The Marriage Plot

By Jeffrey Eugenides

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Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while at the same time an old friend of hers resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.

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The Language of Flowers

By Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler's Berlin

By Erik Larson

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The bestselling author of "Devil in the White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. *Selected by multiple CRRL staff.

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I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

By Steve Earle

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Wracked by guilt and addiction ten years after administering a fatal morphine overdose to Hank Williams, Doc Ebersole performs illegal medical services in the red-light district of San Antonio before meeting a young Mexican immigrant who seems to heal others with her touch.

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If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't)

By Betty White

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Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood.

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