There's a new trend in covers these days: bicycles! Is it the environmental movement? The growing popularity of steampunk? Who knows; as someone who rides a bike more often than your average citizen (it's fun, I promise!) I'm happy to see it.

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Alexander McCall Smith's La's Orchestra Saves the World (December) was one of the first I noticed, followed by the paperback version of Jedediah Berry's The Manual of Detection (January).

More are on the way this spring: Roddy Doyle's The Dead Republic (April), the long-awaited final volume of the Henry Smart trilogy that began in 1999 with A Star Called Henry; and Emily Winslow's The Whole World (June), an anticipated debut that is being compared to Kate Atkinson's Case Histories.

Tell me about your favorite bicyclist hero/heroine—or, if you can't think of one, your first bike—in the comments, and you'll be entered to win a copy of The Manual of Detection. ETA: Contest closed.

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