May 20-26: A Coup, An Ancient Battle And One Steamy Diary

Three Strong Women

by Marie NDiaye

Paperback, 293 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published May 21 2013 | purchase

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Three Strong Women
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Marie NDiaye

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Marie NDiaye's novel follows the stories of three women who discover the power of saying no. Norah, a lawyer born in France, must travel to Senegal to save a victim of her tyrannical father; Fanta, a Dakar teacher, finds her happiness thwarted by a depressed boyfriend; and Khady, a penniless widow, is desperate to escape homelessness. Between Africa and Europe, these women discover their strength. Translated by John Fletcher.

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Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace

The Private Diary Of A Victorian Lady

by Kate Summerscale

Paperback, 303 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published May 21 2013 | purchase

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Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace
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The Private Diary Of A Victorian Lady
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Kate Summerscale

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In 1858, Isabella Robinson's husband read her private diary in which she'd recorded her infatuation with another married man, including descriptions of what were either trysts or sexual fantasies. Mr. Robinson petitioned a divorce, which England had just made legal, on the grounds of adultery. Kate Summerscale traces the true story of the scandalous trial that ensued.

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Dinner

A Love Story

by Jenny Rosenstrach

Paperback, 336 pages, HarperCollins, $19.99, published May 21 2013 | purchase

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Dinner
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A Love Story
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Jenny Rosenstrach

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Based on her blog, Jenny Rosenstrach's cookbook memoir makes clear that family dinner does not have to be perfect. With recipes for home cooks at any level, she captures the frenetic nature and craziness of dinner and reveals how to break down the meal so that families can enjoy good food and simply be together.

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The End Of Sparta

A Novel

by Victor Davis Hanson

Paperback, 445 pages, St Martins Pr, $18, published May 21 2013 | purchase

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The End of Sparta
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A Novel
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Victor Davis Hanson

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At the Battle of Leuctra, the Thebans — led by Epaminondas — defeated the Spartans in one of the most stunning military victories of all time. Historian Victor Davis Hanson told the story of that victory in 1999's The Soul of Battle. Now, Hanson reimagines that battle in a novel about a farmer who leaves his home to serve under Epaminondas and, against his better judgment, gets swept up in the fervor to bring democracy to regions oppressed by the Spartans.

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My First Coup D'Etat

And Other True Stories From The Lost Decades Of Africa

by John Dramani Mahama

Paperback, 318 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published May 14 2013 | purchase

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My First Coup D'Etat
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And Other True Stories From The Lost Decades Of Africa
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John Dramani Mahama

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In 1966, a military coup overthrew Ghana's first president. At the time, John Dramani Mahama was 7 years old and his father, a minister in the government, disappeared and was imprisoned for more than a year. Today, Mahama is the vice president of Ghana. Mahama's memoir recounts his urban life with his father and his rural experiences in his mother's village.

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