April 8-14: Impeachment, Mourning, Sobriety And Soccer

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter
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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

by Stephen L. Carter

Paperback, 667 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published April 9 2013 | purchase

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Stephen L. Carter imagines what might have happened if Abraham Lincoln had lived to face the tumultuous postwar politics of 1865 Washington, D.C., including an impeachment trial for overstepping his constitutional authority during the Civil War. At the novel's center is Abigail Canner, a young black Oberlin graduate who is hired by the D.C. law firm that is working on Lincoln's defense.

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The World Without You

The World Without You

by Joshua Henkin

Paperback, 319 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 9 2013 | purchase

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It's July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending on their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. They have gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings and an intrepid journalist killed on that day in 2004 while on assignment in Iraq. But Leo's parents are adrift in a grief that's tearing apart their 40-year marriage, his sisters are struggling with their own difficulties, and his widow has arrived from California bearing a secret.

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Ninety Days

Ninety Days

A Memoir of Recovery

by Bill Clegg

Paperback, 194 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published April 9 2013 | purchase

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Ninety Days
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A Memoir of Recovery
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Bill Clegg

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Bill Clegg has a simple goal: stay clean and sober for 90 days. Six weeks out of his most recent rehab, he returns to New York and starts attending two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential new allies. At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses with only three days left. That's when the battle to reclaim his life gets reignited. As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning.

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This Love Is Not for Cowards

This Love Is Not For Cowards

Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juarez

by Robert Andrew Powell

Paperback, 368 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published April 9 2013 | purchase

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This Love Is Not For Cowards
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Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juarez
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As Mexico descends into a feudal narco-state — one where cartels, death squads, the army and local police all fight over billions of dollars in profits from drug and human trafficking — the border city of Juarez has been hit hardest of all. Yet more than a million people still live there. They even love their impoverished city, proudly repeating its mantra: "Amor por Juarez," or "Love for Juarez." And nothing exemplifies the spirit and hope of Juarenses more than the Indios, the city's beloved but hard-luck soccer team.

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We Learn Nothing

We Learn Nothing

Essays and Cartoons

by Tim Kreider

Paperback, 240 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published April 9 2013 | purchase

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We Learn Nothing
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Essays and Cartoons
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New York Times political cartoonist and writer Tim Kreider presents a collection of his most popular essays and drawings about life and government hypocrisy. We Learn Nothing asks big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn't change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don't even like? How do you react when someone you've known for years unexpectedly changes genders?

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