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Oct. 7-13: A Kidnapper, A Dictator And A London Shrink

Umbrella

by Will Self

Paperback, 448 pages, Grove Press, $17, published October 8 2013 | purchase

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Zachary Busner, a psychiatrist at a mental hospital in 1970s North London, investigates a group of unconscious patients called "enkies" who exhibit a peculiar type of physical tic.

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Schroder

by Amity Gaige

Paperback, 305 pages, Twelve, $15, published October 8 2013 | purchase

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From inside a correctional facility, Eric Kennedy reveals his true identity — Erik Schroder, a first-generation East German immigrant — to his ex-wife, and explains his lies and what drove him to kidnap his own 6-year-old daughter.

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King Of Cuba

by Cristina Garcia

Paperback, 235 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15, published October 8 2013 | purchase

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Cristina Garcia puts readers in the heads of two larger-than-life men: an aging Cuban dictator, and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with revenge.

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The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

by Ayana Mathis

Paperback, 243 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase

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In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

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