The Eleventh Man - Ivan Doig

In The Eleventh Man (Harcourt, $26) master storyteller Ivan Doig weaves a tale of heroism, honor, love, and sacrifice.  After the whole starting eleven on Treasure State’s undefeated 1941 football team enlist and are scattered to the various theaters of World War II, Ben Reinking is plucked out of flight school and assigned to a propaganda mission: covering the exploits of his former teammates for small-town American newspapers. Meanwhile, back in Montana, a courageous group of women pilots fly bombers up to Alaska for eventual transfer to Russia as part of lend-lease.  Doig captures the romance and adventure as well as the moral questions of love and war.

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ISBN: 9780547247632
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Published: Mariner Books - September 3rd, 2009

The End - Salvatore Scibona

The immigrant story is at the center of Salvatore Scibona’s debut novel The End (Graywolf, $24), set in an Italian neighborhood in 1950s Cleveland. There’s Rocco, a baker, who has lost his family to prosperity elsewhere; Enzo, whose wife leaves him and his son Ciccio for no reason he can discern; Lina, that fleeing wife, the girl whose future the widow, Mrs. Marini, tried to assure; and Mrs. Marini, who left her village for America in 1915, an act she believes God has not forgiven her for. But Scibona’s novel—a National Book Award finalist—is less about leaving home than about what happens afterward. Each character harbors secrets and is forced to confront a changing America that, while willing to include them, is also reinforcing barriers as the civil rights movement looms. In The End, Scibona portrays the confluence of chance and circumstance and how those forces pull at the seams of communities.

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ISBN: 9781594484056
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Published: Penguin Books - October 6th, 2009

Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3 - Annie Proulx

The main character in the nine heart-stopping stories of Fine Just The Way It Is (Scribner, $25), is Wyoming. No one knows the region better than Annie Proulx, and she infuses her fiction with the geography, geology, flora, and fauna of the American West. Her characters are die-hards and schemers, hard-workers and losers. From early Native Americans living by catching buffalo, 19th-century settlers trying to survive on hope and cowboy songs, Depression-era homesteaders running out of hope, and on to contemporary youth with few options but joining the army and serving in Iraq, the region offers at best a hard and short life. If the harsh economic situation or the brutal weather doesn’t get you, your own poor judgment will. Yet Proulx is always sympathetic to her characters; these stories are rich and compelling, with much to offer in place of the romantic illusions of the unlimited frontier they leave trampled in the dust.

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ISBN: 9781416571674
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Published: Scribner - September 8th, 2009