Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Bridges And James Salter

All That Is

by James Salter

Paperback, 350 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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After returning from World War II, former naval officer Philip Bowman finds a position as a book editor in New York and loses himself in a world of intimate connections and surprising triumphs, until he is betrayed by the woman he loves.

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My Share of the Task

A Memoir

by Stanley McChrystal

Paperback, 461 pages, Penguin Group USA, $20, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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In his memoir, the four-star general (and former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan) describes a culture gap between the military and civilian worlds. The lack of understanding, he says, complicated the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and bred distrust between the White House and the Pentagon.

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The Son

by Philipp Meyer

Paperback, 464 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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This epic tale is told through several generations of the McCullough family, beginning with Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the Republic of Texas. At 13, Eli is kidnapped by the Comanche, who kill his mother and his siblings. He lives with the Comanche for years, becoming a respected member of the tribe until the community is decimated by armed Americans.

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The Book of My Lives

by Aleksandar Hemon

Paperback, 242 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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The Book of My Lives
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Aleksandar Hemon

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Aleksandar Hemon pays tribute to the two cities of his youth: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he spent his time poking at the pretensions of the city's elders; and Chicago, where he started a new life after Sarajevo came under siege.

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Ghana Must Go

by Taiye Selasi

Paperback, 318 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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Ghana Must Go
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Fola raised her four children while her husband, Kweku, worked as a gifted surgeon. But their picture-perfect life comes tumbling down when Kweku leaves the family and Fola is faced with raising the children by herself on a florist's salary. Years later, Kweku's death reunites the family in Accra, Ghana, where truths are uncovered and betrayals are exposed.

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The Dude And The Zen Master

by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

Paperback, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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The Dude And The Zen Master
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A lighthearted and inspiring dialogue between the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime spiritual guru explores the challenges of Jeff Bridges' Hollywood career, and the ways in which Zen teachings have informed his efforts to do good in the modern world.

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