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Biography from the 2012 Winter Newsletter

Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

It’s been two decades since a fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie, but writers, publishers, booksellers, and readers still feel its effects today. Joseph Anton is Rushdie’s memoir about his time underground, living with armed guards in a series of safe houses, fearing constantly for his life. This is one of the most anticipated books of 2012, and for good reason—it’s an unbelievable story, one that is just as important now as it was when it happened.
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Published: Random House - September 18th, 2012

Elsewhere by Richard Russo

In Elsewhere, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Richard Russo (Empire Falls) describes his childhood town of Gloversville (a town that is reminiscent of those in his fiction). Gloversville was like the Detroit of New York, industrious and built around a leather-producing plant. When the demand for leather begins to drop, the town itself seems to crumble. Russo’s mother, who raises Richard mostly by herself, tries to overcome her surroundings by instilling in Richard that there is an ‘elsewhere’ away from Gloversville. The writing is poignant, funny, and bittersweet. You can feel the boy in Russo, the child who is trying hard to do better, and go further, for himself and also to please his mother. A moving, honest, and original read.
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ISBN: 9780307959539
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Published: Knopf - October 30th, 2012

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Will Schwalbe grew up devoted to reading, and when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, it took on a whole new meaning. While waiting together through doctor visits, hospital stays, and chemotherapy sessions, he and his mother discussed books they had each been reading and began to exchange titles—thus creating the “End of Your Life Book Club.” There is a candid honesty in this memoir of these two wonderful conversationalists, and the book certainly serves as a eulogy to Will’s mother. It is also a book about the love within family, the love of faith and dialogue, of authors and story, and ultimately, of reading.
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ISBN: 9780307594037
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 2nd, 2012

There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe

The focus of Chinua Achebe’s long-awaited memoir is the Nigerian Civil War of 1967–1970, when the Biafran people of Nigeria attempted to form their own state in the southeast of the country. Achebe (Things Fall Apart) was an established novelist when the war began, and for 40 years maintained silence on the events of those terrible years. This is his first published comment on the horrors he witnessed during this painful interlude in Nigerian history.
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ISBN: 9781594204821
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2012

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling knows that this book is going to be compared to Tina Fey’s Bossypants. It seems inevitable, with the shortage of high-profile women in the comedy world. I say compare away: Kaling’s book belongs cheek-to-cheek with Fey’s on your bookshelf. In addition to playing one of the best characters on The Office, Kaling has also written 24 episodes (which is a lot). She is smart and hilarious and her book rocks. Tina Fey should be grateful for the comparison.
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ISBN: 9780307886279
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Published: Three Rivers Press - September 18th, 2012

The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Truly fascinating! Reiss tells the story of Alex Dumas, the son of a Haitian enslaved woman of color and a French nobleman, who became one of the most effective and respected generals in Napoleon’s army. He was father to the novelist Alexander Dumas and the inspiration for the characters in The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. It’s an amazing tale, incredibly well researched, and vividly presented.
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ISBN: 9780307382467
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Published: Crown - September 18th, 2012

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen

Janzen brings the same sparkling wit she displayed in Mennonite in a Little Black Dress to this memoir of love, survival, and Pentecostal conversion. As the new love in her life introduces her to his spiritual family and as she fights a rough battle against cancer, she delves into her own relationship with God and reaffirms her faith. Once again, I loved the way she points out the absurdities in life without being spiteful, mean, or bitter.
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 2nd, 2012

All Gone by Alex Witchel

The beautiful narration of her mother’s slow descent into dementia, combined with the Witchel’s introspective examination of her family background, makes this memoir poignantly heartbreaking. It struck me all the harder for having dealt with similar issues within my own family, and unfortunately this type of absent presence is a kind of loss that is becoming more and more common. Witchel’s amazing ability to work through the pain and to find strength in holding on to what one can makes this an important and healing read.
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ISBN: 9781594487910
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2012

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