Sept. 30-Oct. 6: Love, Comedy And Some Four-Letter Words

In Sunlight and in Shadow

In Sunlight And In Shadow

by Mark Helprin

Paperback, 705 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase

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Harry Copeland and Catherine Thomas Hale find each other on the ride back from Staten Island. She's an heiress and an actress, and he's a former World War II paratrooper with a leather factory left to him by his father. They fall in love immediately, but the world Harry Copeland helped save can still be cruel, and he's forced to fall back on the friendships and proficiencies he gained in war to try to survive in peace.

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The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days

The Cursing Mommy's Book Of Days

by Ian Frazier

Paperback, 244 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published October 1 2013 | purchase

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This mercurial mother of two likes her scotch. She also enjoys a martini — or four — and a good afternoon soak in the bathtub, even if it means occasionally ignoring the plaintive knocks of her children locked outside. Humorist Ian Frazier delivers her diary of one turbulent year in The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days. Prepare for a good deal of artful swearing in this daybook.

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Lost at Sea

Lost At Sea

The Jon Ronson Mysteries

by Jon Ronson

Paperback, , Penguin Group USA, $16, published October 1 2013 | purchase

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Lost at Sea
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The Jon Ronson Mysteries
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In Lost at Sea, Jon Ronson — whom Daily Show host Jon Stewart once described as "an investigative satirist" — profiles such eccentricities of contemporary culture as indigo children, fans of Insane Clown Posse and practitioners of assisted suicide.

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We Killed

We Killed

The Rise of Women in American Comedy

by Yael Kohen

Paperback, 308 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published October 1 2013 | purchase

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We Killed
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The Rise of Women in American Comedy
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Yael Kohen gathered stories from more than 100 different comedians, writers and producers for her oral history of women in comedy. Out of this chorus of voices — including the likes of Joan Rivers and Tina Fey — emerges a depiction of the challenges these women confronted, as well the achievements they've earned in spite of them.

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