What book is this? Quiz – guessing closed

I started making a great 2nd quiz (for Gage), it got complicated so I’m turning to my prepared rainy day quiz.  Just tell me the titles for 8 points and the authors for 2.  Tell me what they all have in common for an extra 10 🙂

You have until noon Sunday to submit your answers as a comment.  Comment will be hidden until I post the answers.  No Googling! The person with the most points this round will win a B&N gift card (total $ based on # of total participants, so please play) and a randomly selected participant will win a fun prize from me.

Answers to last week’s Clownish Quiz here.  Leaderboard here.

1.The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman  2.The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger  3.The Prophet by Michael Koryta  4.The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell  5.This is How it Ends by Kathleen MacMahon  6.As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson  7.The Absent Ones by Jussi Adler-Olsen  8.The Bird Saviors by William J. Cobb  9.Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough by Ruth Pennebaker  10.A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole