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The 12 Most Talked About Books of 2013

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JANUARY
Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E L James
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Category: Fiction
Who Spread the Word: Originally published in June of 2011, lovers and haters are still talking about this erotic tale, and a movie is in the making.

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FEBRUARY
Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Category: Fiction
Who Spread the Word: Young adults fall in love with writer Rowell and her bold literary connection to young, sweet love.

MARCH
Title: Lean In
Author: Ayana Mathis
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Category: Nonfiction
Who Spread the Word: Women ask, “What does ‘lean in’ mean?" Ambitious readers are rewarded with an answer.

APRIL
Title: Mom & Me & Mom
Author: Maya Angelou
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Category: Nonfiction
Who Spread the Word: After decades, devoted fans of the award-winning novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, will find out what becomes of the relationship between a strong-willed mother and daughter.

MAY
Title: And the Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Category: Fiction
Who Spread the Word: Literary observers who follow the The New York Times bestseller’s list get it right … no convincing necessary after booklovers devour Hosseini’s previous novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

JUNE
Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Category: Fiction
Who Spread the Word: Gaiman, award-winning author of books for young readers, pens a magical fairy tale, proving to adults the literary power of a few words.

JULY
Title: The Casual Vacancy
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Category: Fiction
Who Spread the Word: Harry Potter fans and adult readers are pleasantly surprised by Rowling’s ambitious and triumphant, first novel of adult fiction.

AUGUST
Title: The Good Lord Bird
Author: James McBride
Publisher: Riverhead
Category: Fiction
Who Spread the Word: USA Today pegs this novel as one of summer’s hottest reads. Critics agree that race relations anchor this novel, but humor sustains it.

SEPTEMBER
Title: Killing Jesus: A History
Authors: Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Category: Nonfiction
Who Spread the Word: Both conservatives and liberals can agree that the history of the death of Jesus is never too old to write about.

OCTOBER
Title: I Am Malala
Author: Malala Yousafzai
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Category: Nonfiction
Who Spread the Word: Yousafzai survives a Taliban assassination attempt, and at the age of 16, she is the youngest female to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

NOVEMBER
Title: Letters to an Incarcerated Brother
Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones

Author: Hill Harper
Publisher: Gotham
Category: Nonfiction
Who Spread the Word: This powerful guide sparks political debates on America’s unjust and unkind prison system. Kudos to Harper as an exemplary role model for male inmates and families seeking guidance.

DECEMBER
Title: Newtown: An American Tragedy
Author: Matthew Lysiak
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Category: Nonfiction
Who Spread the Word: Parents seek answers to the shocking massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The lives of 20 children and six adults came to a horrific end. And once again, gun control becomes an explosive debate.

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