May 6-12: An Apocalypse, A Trip To Malawi And Anne Boleyn

Bring Up The Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

Paperback, 432 pages, Picador, $16, published May 7 2013 | purchase

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The spark has gone out of Henry VIII's second marriage. When his roving eye leaves Anne Boleyn and begins to settle on Jane Seymour, another woman at court, the monarch turns to his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, for help. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies is the second book in a planned trilogy about Cromwell.

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The Passage Of Power

The Years Of Lyndon Johnson

by Robert A. Caro

Paperback, 768 pages, Vintage, $18.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase

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Robert Caro has spent decades researching Lyndon Johnson's life; previous books in his massive biography of Johnson told the story of Johnson's rise to national prominence. In this fourth volume, Caro takes up Johnson's dismal years as vice president and his sudden presidency, which he used to shepherd the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress.

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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

by Jonathan Evison

Paperback, 283 pages, Algonquin Books, $14.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase

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After losing virtually everything meaningful in his life, former aspiring poet and stay-at-home dad Ben Benjamin trains to be a caregiver. His first client, Trevor, is a fiercely independent teen with muscular dystrophy. Trevor turns out to be more than Ben bargained for, and soon the two embark on a road trip to visit the boy's ailing father.

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Lionel Asbo

State of England

by Martin Amis

Paperback, 272 pages, Vintage, $15, published May 7 2013 | purchase

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Lionel Asbo
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State of England
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Asbo is an acronym for "anti-social behavior order," and Lionel Asbo certainly demonstrates the anti-social tendencies of his name. This satire of modern society and celebrity culture features Lionel as the uncle of young Desmond Pepperdine, a crime reporter. Desmond's seemingly simple pursuits are hampered by Lionel's near-criminal habits, which become more prominent when Lionel wins the lottery.

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The Lower River

by Paul Theroux

Paperback, 336 pages, Mariner Books, $14.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase

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Ellis Hock, a former Peace Corps volunteer whose wife has abruptly left him, longs to return to the village in Malawi where he volunteered decades earlier. He hopes to revisit a different, better chapter of his life. But he finds a very different place than the one he left: a region devastatingly transformed by poverty and apathy.

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The Dog Stars

by Peter Heller

Paperback, 319 pages, Vintage, $15, published May 7 2013 | purchase

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The Dog Stars
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Peter Heller

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After surviving the pandemic disease that killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar. But when he hears a random radio transmission, he's compelled to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

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