Sept. 9-15: Steve Jobs, Salman Rushdie And A 'Good Girls Revolt'

Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

Paperback, 468 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase

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Two longtime friends and bandmates are co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl. Their wives are the Berkeley Birth Partners, two semi-legendary midwives. When an ex–NFL quarterback announces plans to build his latest megastore nearby, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their little enterprise. Meanwhile, their wives also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence.

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Joseph Anton

A Memoir

by Salman Rushdie

Paperback, 656 pages, Random House, $18, published September 10 2013 | purchase

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In 1988, Salman Rushdie published a novel, The Satanic Verses, that many Muslims declared to be offensive, whether they'd read it or not. In 1989, Iran's leader issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling for the death of the author and anyone associated with the book's publication. Bounties were offered and translators and others were attacked, some even murdered. Rushdie, who was born in India but lived in England at the time, went into hiding. Joseph Anton is his memoir of that experience.

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Steve Jobs

A Biography

by Walter Isaacson

Paperback, 631 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published September 10 2013 | purchase

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Steve Jobs
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Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.

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The Good Girls Revolt

How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

by Lynn Povich

Paperback, 264 pages, PublicAffairs, $14.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase

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The Good Girls Revolt
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How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace
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Lynn Povich

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In the 1960s, Lynn Povich became part of a revolution at Newsweek when she and her female co-workers sued their bosses for equal opportunity in the newsroom. They asked for a third of the reporters and a third of the writers to be women, and a third of the researchers to be men.

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This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Diaz

Paperback, 217 pages, Riverhead Trade, $16, published September 3 2013 | purchase

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This Is How You Lose Her
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Junot Diaz tracks protagonist Yunior's struggles with fidelity, beginning with his cheating on his girlfriend and ending with his cheating on his fiancee with 50 different women.

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