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'Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities' succeeds as both vibrant history and personal tribute
'Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities' succeeds as both vibrant history and personal tribute(image)



10 best books of September: the Monitor's picks

From Tsarist Russia to Trump's America, and from evocative short stories to the best of expository prose, here are the 10 September releases most highly recommended by the Monitor's book critics.

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'Little Soldiers' examines the Chinese education system from the inside
'Little Soldiers' examines the Chinese education system from the inside(image)



'An Odyssey' is a father-son journey with Homer as guide
'An Odyssey' is a father-son journey with Homer as guide(image)



Bestselling books the week of 9/21/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

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'Glass Houses' author Louise Penny talks about crime, conscience, and Canada

'There's a lot of fabulous Canadian crime fiction,' says Penny. 'Our mysteries are maybe more of a slow burn than others, but they're really worth discovering.'

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'Draft No. 4' is as lean and punchy as legendary author John McPhee's earlier work
'Draft No. 4' is as lean and punchy as legendary author John McPhee's earlier work(image)



'Stanton' brings Lincoln's secretary of war out of the historical shadows
'Stanton' brings Lincoln's secretary of war out of the historical shadows(image)



6 books to kick off the 2017 football season

Now that the 2017 football season is underway, why not dive in deep? We offer excerpts from six new football-themed books, ranging from an examination of Alabama’s success to a tour of football’s early artwork.

 

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'A Legacy of Spies' reminds readers why they have loved John le Carré so well and so long
'A Legacy of Spies' reminds readers why they have loved John le Carré so well and so long(image)



'Letters to Memory' tells the story of author Karen Tei Yamashita's World War II internment
'Letters to Memory' tells the story of author Karen Tei Yamashita's World War II internment(image)



Bestselling books the week of 9/14/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

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'The Vietnam War' co-directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explain why Vietnam is relevant to us today

Burns and Novick call the Vietnam War 'the most consequential event in American history in the second half of the last century.'

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'A Column of Fire' is half historic epic, half thriller – all of it engaging
'A Column of Fire' is half historic epic, half thriller – all of it engaging(image)



12 best books of September 2017, according to Amazon's editors

The fall book season has many intriguing titles to offer. What are the best ones being released this month? Here's Amazon's full list with thoughts from Amazon senior editor Chris Schluep.

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'Border' is a touching meditation on lives shaped by geographic boundaries
'Border' is a touching meditation on lives shaped by geographic boundaries(image)



10 best books of September: the Monitor's picks

From Tsarist Russia to Trump's America, and from evocative short stories to the best of expository prose, here are the 10 September releases most highly recommended by the Monitor's book critics.

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Hurricane hubris and heroism: Inside 1935's devastating Key West storm

The storm's heroes include a brave train engineer who desperately hustled evacuees out of the hurricane's path, an immigrant from the Bahamas who tried to save his fishing-and-farming clan of more than 60 people, and Ernest Hemingway.

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'Mozart: The Man Revealed' explores a life infused with as much drama as any opera
'Mozart: The Man Revealed' explores a life infused with as much drama as any opera(image)



Robert E. Lee and George Washington do not equate, says Lee biographer Jonathan Horn

There were surprisingly deep personal ties between the two generals, says Horn, but ultimately the two men cast their lots on opposing sides of history. 

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