Oct. 28-Nov. 3: Flights From England, Persia And Polite Conversation

The Dinner

The Dinner

by Herman Koch

Paperback, 309 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published October 29 2013 | purchase

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Over dinner at an Amsterdam restaurant, two couples — brothers and their wives — discuss a terrible crime most likely committed by their sons. The crime is not yet public, but grainy video footage exists — and both sets of parents know it depicts their offspring. As the conversation deepens, one wrenching question gets clearer and more pressing by the moment: How far will each family go to protect those it loves?

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The Last Runaway

The Last Runaway

by Tracy Chevalier

Paperback, 305 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published October 29 2013 | purchase

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Jilted by her fiance, Quaker Honor Bright leaves the comfort of her native England for the harsh frontier farmland of 1850 Ohio. Among strangers and feeling the pressures of an alien world, Honor struggles to ford a cultural divide wider than the Atlantic she just crossed. And soon a new urgency takes hold: Honor joins the Underground Railroad, aiding runaway slaves in their escape to freedom.

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The Conference of the Birds

The Conference Of The Birds

by Peter Sis

Paperback, 0 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published October 29 2013 | purchase

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Peter Sis reimagines the 12th-century Persian poem The Conference of the Birds, fitting out an English translation with lavish illustrations. It's the harrowing story of thousands of birds on a perilous journey in search of a king. While Sis is best known for his many children's books, this book is his first intended for adults.

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The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday

What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

by Jared Diamond

Paperback, 499 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published October 29 2013 | purchase

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What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?
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Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond has spent nearly 50 years studying cultures in Papua New Guinea. Now, he collects his decades of fieldwork to argue that traditional societies still have much to teach us on a wide spectrum of topics — from ways to eat and stay fit to methods of raising children and organizing communities.

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