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September 16–Michael Mugnolo–Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
In perhaps the most famous anti-war book ever written the enemy is never mentioned.Â That’s because the enemy is all about us.Â Having no control over their own lives and forced to survive in a world of self-legitimizing authority amid seemingly senseless and incomprehensible rules, John Yossarian, Milo Mindbender, Major Major and company confront moral choices.
September 23–Ralph Loomis–Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
A young girl moves to the big city to realize her own American dream, first as a mistress to men of importance and later as a wealthy and famous actress.Â In his 1930 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, thirty years after the publication of Sister Carrie, Sinclair Lewis said that Dreiser’s first great novel â€ścame to a housebound and airless America like a great free Western wind and gave us the first fresh air since Mark Twain and Whitman.â€ť
September 30–Bob Berthelson–Sudden Sea by R. A. Scotti
On September 21, 1938, the fastest recorded hurricane surprised the northeast leaving death and destruction across seven states.Â The cost of its financial devastation would be over 47 billion dollars today.Â Many Americans still remember the Great New England Hurricane as their most terrifying day.Â Scotti recreates that date in gripping detail.
October 7–Carole Wiemerâ€”Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Theresa Anne Fowler
When one thinks of Zelda, the wife of Scott Fitzgerald, one thinks of wild jazz parties and a woman who took impromptu dips in public fountains just for fun.Â The ultimate flapper was a woman bursting with creativity, life and ambition, but who was thwarted by society, by the times and even by her own husband.
October 21–Richard Auwarter–Thomas Jefferson by Joyce Appleby
The most talked-about president in American history has earned both praise and condemnation.Â An author of the Declaration of Independence who proclaimed the right to â€śLife, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,â€ť Jefferson was also a slaveholder.Â How do we manage that contradiction?Â Applebyâ€™s biography analyzes our third presidentâ€™s great accomplishments alongside his views on universal rights, slavery and women.
October 28–Miwako Ogasawara–The Comedians by Graham Greene
The scene: Three men on a ship bound for Haiti, a country in the grip of the corrupt “Papa Doc” and the Tonton Macoules, his sinister secret police.Â The cast: Brown the holy, Smith the innocent American and Jones the “confident one,” together with a host of friends and foes.Â Greeneâ€™s novel is a bleak but hilarious drama of love and pain, trust and betrayal, a decaying fairy-tale that moves from shipboard to the dark streets of old Port-au-Prince.