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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.

Will Schwalbe, author of Books for Living: Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life

Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life. In BOOKS FOR LIVING, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions.