Sept. 23-29: An Island, A Coastline And Plenty Of Secrets

The Round House

by Louise Erdrich

Paperback, 321 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase

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Louise Erdrich

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After a brutal attack on his mother, 13-year-old Joe Coutts pursues the truth — and a sense of justice, separate from law enforcement. In this National Book Award-winning novel, Louise Erdrich unspools a mystery that has upturned both a North Dakota reservation and the family that Coutts hopes to save.

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San Miguel

by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Paperback, 367 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 24 2013 | purchase

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San Miguel
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T. Coraghessan Boyle

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United by San Miguel, a weather-beaten island off the coast of California, three women struggle with brutal isolation around the turn of the twentieth century. These women — the wife of a Civil War veteran, her rebellious daughter and a librarian in love — confront the challenges of circumstance and the savagery of nature in a novel about the horrors and loves of a paradise lost and found in equal measure.

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan

Paperback, 288 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published September 24 2013 | purchase

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
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Out-of-work Web designer Clay Jannon copes with a layoff by taking a job at a used-book store in San Francisco. It's not long, though, before Clay discovers that his new workplace has more in store for him than books alone. Codes and secrets lead to one very weird book club in this debut novel by Robin Sloan.

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The Story of Ain't

America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published

by David Skinner

Paperback, 368 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase

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The Story of Ain't
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America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
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David Skinner

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In 1961, Webster's Third New International Dictionary was published. It would eventually come to be known as "Webster's Third" — not only a source for definitions but also an entirely new, and controversial, way of looking at language. David Skinner tells the story of the people who made the dictionary, those who denounced it and the forces that shaped it, illuminating this early episode in a culture war that continues today.

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A Thousand Mornings

by Mary Oliver

Paperback, 82 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 24 2013 | purchase

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A Thousand Mornings
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Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life's work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Mass. She shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog Percy, she patiently observes the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.

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