When a polio outbreak takes its toll on a Newark neighborhood in 1944, playground director Bucky Canter is helpless to protect the kids he has dedicated his life to looking after.  Unable to enlist in the armed forces because of poor eyesight, Canter commits his energies to the boys of his neighborhood by coaching, training, and setting a good example.  Frustrated at his inability to stop the plague, he leaves the city and follows his girlfriend to a summer camp in the Poconos, but he can’t escape the disease.  Philip Roth’s NEMESIS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26) is a look back at a part of our history overshadowed by the Second World War. It’s also a rumination on the body and its limitations, regardless of a person’s actions.

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ISBN: 9780307475008
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Much like the city of Brooklyn, the main character in Paul Auster’s sixteenth novel, SUNSET PARK (Holt, $25), is worn and conflicted. Estranged from his family for the past seven years because of a dark secret, Miles Heller arrives in New York to temporarily escape yet another personal misfortune. As Miles joins three other squatters in a run-down house in Sunset Park, we are introduced to the equally conflicted and bizarre lives of Miles’s housemates, father, mother, and stepmother. Broadening the scope of the novel, Auster employs historical facts from topics such as baseball, publishing, film, and military history to draw his characters together. Auster is at his literary best, delving deep into the consciousness of each character with sharp descriptions and pinpoint metaphors, shedding light on our own individual needs and reminding us that the things that last in life—love, family, friends—will carry us through in the end.

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ISBN: 9780312610678
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Published: Picador - October 25th, 2011

The eleventh work of fiction by the award-winning Cynthia Ozick is a story of young Americans in Paris in the 1950s. They’re there not so much for love, adventure, and the Bohemian life (though they find some of this), but to escape their domineering father. Having driven his children away, and his wife crazy, he orders his sister to put his family together again. And she does—but in her way, not his. FOREIGN BODIES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26), while an homage to Henry James’s The Ambassadors, is quintessential Ozick. Her writing is polished, her plotting meticulously crafted, and her sharp wit and deft intellect shine throughout.

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ISBN: 9780547577494
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Published: Mariner Books - November 15th, 2011