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2014.4.28 NEW ARRIVALS

So Much for That


AUTHOR: Lionel Shriver

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

PRICE: $14.99

GENRE: Fiction

Shep Knacker has long saved for “The Afterlife:” an idyllic retirement on a tropical island in the developing world where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with “talking, thinking, seeing, and being” - and enough sleep. When he sold his home repair business for a cool $1 million, his dream finally seemed within reach. Then Glynis, his wife of 26 years, returns from a doctor’s appointment with some news: Shep can’t go anywhere because she desperately needs his health insurance. Soon Shep’s nest egg for The Afterlife cracks under the strain.

Thank You for Your Service


AUTHOR: David Finkel

PUBLISHER: Sarah Crichton Books

PRICE: $26

GENRE: History

The wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters, but none has reckoned with the psychology of these wars as intimately as the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel. In “Thank You for Your Service,” Finkel has once again embedded with some military men - but this time he has done it at home, here in the States, after their deployments have ended. He is with them in their most intimate, painful and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like - not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done. The story Finkel tells is mesmerizing, impossible to put down. With his unparalleled ability to report a story, he climbs into the hearts and minds of those he writes about.

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback


AUTHOR: Robyn Davidson


PRICE: $15.95

GENRE: Biography

Robyn Davidson begins perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.

Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia’s landscape and an empathy for its indigenous people.

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