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Jonathan Lethem, author of A Gambler's Anatomy

Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur “whales” who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. But after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore and Berlin --- perhaps brought on by his chance encounter with childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his girlfriend Tira Harpaz, or perhaps the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision --- Bruno passes out and is brought to the hospital.

Week of September 4, 2017

Paperback releases for the week of September 4th include BEING MORTAL, in which practicing surgeon Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession --- how medicine can improve not only life but also the process of its ending; BORN TO RUN, a revelatory memoir by legendary rock star Bruce Springsteen, who tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work; THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD, bestselling author Douglas Preston's shocking and riveting account of his pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle; and THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue, in which an English nurse who is brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle --- a girl said to have survived without food for months --- soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.