Aug. 5-11: Sleep, Madness And Wild West Mythology

Dreamland

Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

by David K. Randall

Paperback, 290 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published August 5 2013 | purchase

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Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep
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Do women sleep differently than men? Does killing someone while sleepwalking count as murder? David Randall examines these questions and more in his study of the complex world of sleep.

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Brain on Fire

My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

Paperback, 266 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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Brain On Fire
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My Month of Madness
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Susannah Cahalan

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Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old when she began to experience seizures, hallucinations and increasingly psychotic behavior. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors until she was finally diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. As one doctor put it, "her brain was on fire." Cahalan recounts her experience with the disease in Brain on Fire.

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The Bartender's Tale

by Ivan Doig

Paperback, 414 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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The Bartender's Tale
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Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his 12-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father.

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Battleborn

by Claire Vaye Watkins

Paperback, 288 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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Battleborn
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Claire Vaye Watkins

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A debut collection of 10 short works reimagines the mythology of the American West. It includes stories of a foreigner's arrival at a prostitution ranch, a hermit's attempt to rescue an abused teen, and a woman's role in a friend's degrading Vegas encounter.

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A Thousand Pardons

by Jonathan Dee

Paperback, 224 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 6 2013 | purchase

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A Thousand Pardons
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Jonathan Dee

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Forced back into the working world after her lawyer husband's downfall, Helen discovers a talent for public relations and is tempted away from her dysfunctional family by her childhood crush, who needs her professional assistance.

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