March 8-14: Bird-Watchers, A-Bombs And A Notorious Italian Dynasty

Red Doc

by Anne Carson

Paperback, 167 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 11 2014 | purchase

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In her follow-up to Autobiography of Red, poet Anne Carson revisits the myth of Geryon and Herakles.

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Snapper

by Brian Kimberling

Paperback, 210 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 11 2014 | purchase

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Brian Kimberling's debut novel is a loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who, as the book opens, is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive crush on redheaded dream girl Lola.

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The Girls Of Atomic City

The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

Paperback, 373 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase

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The Girls Of Atomic City
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The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II
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Denise Kiernan

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In Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II, thousands of young women were helping the war effort. They knew that sharing even seemingly innocent details about their labors could be cause for dismissal. Their work was as mysterious as it was top-secret — until the bombs were dropped.

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Blood and Beauty

The Borgias

by Sarah Dunant

Paperback, 523 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase

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Blood and Beauty
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The Borgias
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A tale inspired by the lives of Borgia siblings Lucrezia and Cesare traces the notorious family's rise in Renaissance Italy, during which war, a terrifying sexual plague and the family's reputation forge an intimate bond between brother and sister.

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With or Without You

A Memoir

by Domenica Ruta

Paperback, 222 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published March 11 2014 | purchase

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With or Without You
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A Memoir
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Domenica Ruta

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Domenica Ruta is an addict, alcoholic and occasional drug user, but perhaps the most complicated and toxic part of her addiction is the relationship she has with her mother — a bleached and tattooed brawler who believed it was more important to be interesting than good, who did and occasionally dealt drugs, and who allowed her daughter to stay home from school whenever a good movie was on.

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