June 3-9: Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Tennessee And Washington

Flight Behavior

by Barbara Kingsolver

Paperback, 433 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published June 4 2013 | purchase

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Bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow is tired of living in poverty on a failing farm, and she's frustrated by her marriage to the boy who got her pregnant in high school. Then one day, as she's hiking through rural Tennessee on her way to meet a lover, she witnesses a miraculous event on an Appalachian mountainside. The beautiful, ominous vision ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever. Barbara Kingsolver addresses rural life, climate change and environmental stewardship in this story of personal awakening.

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The Middlesteins

by Jami Attenberg

Paperback, 287 pages, Grand Central Pub, $15, published June 4 2013 | purchase

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The Middlesteins
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Edie Middlestein equates food with love. But by the time her husband walks out and leaves her reeling, her weight has ballooned to more than 300 pounds. In this darkly comic novel, Edie's children try to take control of their mother's food obsession in order to save her life. But the siblings have very different personalities. Between Robin's drinking problem and Benny's perfectionist wife, will they be able to save their mother from her eating disorder? And can this dysfunctional family get their act together in time to do a hip-hop routine at the grandkids' bar and bat mitzvahs?

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A Hologram For The King

by Dave Eggers

Paperback, 335 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published June 4 2013 | purchase

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Hounded by steep debts and a weird lump on his neck, consultant Alan Clay travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city to try to secure a contract and earn a desperately needed commission. If he can sell holographic technology to the Saudi king, he'll be able to stave off his economic woes — and hold his family together. Unsurprisingly, Clay is swept up from his tent in the desert into various Kafkaesque misadventures.

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In The Shadow Of The Banyan

by Vaddey Ratner

Paperback, 322 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published June 4 2013 | purchase

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In the Shadow of the Banyan
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Raami, a young girl from an aristocratic Cambodian family, has lived a life of royal privilege, but when civil war breaks out on the streets of Phnom Penh and the Khmer Rouge take over, the 7-year-old loses everything. She endures four nightmarish years of loss, starvation and brutal forced labor by clinging to the memories of legends and poems her father, a poet, had told her. Novelist Vaddey Ratner, who as a young girl survived the Khmer Rouge's brutal regime, has translated her childhood experiences into a fictional tale about the power of storytelling.

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The Oath

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

by Jeffrey Toobin

Paperback, 325 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published June 4 2013 | purchase

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The Oath
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The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
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President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts both went to Harvard Law School and worked on the Harvard Law Review, but their similar legal backgrounds have led to dramatically different conclusions. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine, presents an insider's account of an ideological war between the Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. Toobin argues that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and the Affordable Care Act ruling show how the Constitution is being reinterpreted — and how Supreme Court precedent is being quickly overturned.

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