Panorama City - Antoine Wilson

Oppen Porter, the twenty eight- year-old narrator of Antoine Wilson’s second novel, is a self-described “slow absorber” who is holed up in a hospital room sure that he is about to die. Now he is talking into a tape recorder, explaining to his about to- be-born son why he left home after his father’s death and headed to Panorama City (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24), an extraordinarily ordinary patch of suburbia in southern California, to become “a man of the world.” Oppen’s experiences there and the characters he encounters, from his odd and uncompromising aunt to a street philosopher and ex-con named Paul, frame this story of innocence, life’s vicissitudes, and self discovery. Part picaresque and part bildungsroman, Panorama City is charming, touching, and funny all in one.

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ISBN: 9780544106277
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Published: Mariner Books - September 10th, 2013

Breasts - Florence Williams

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton, $25.95) is a fine and serious book, even though the title may lead some readers to wonder what it could possibly be about. Far from an x-rated treatment of the subject, it is a highly readable and fascinating documentation of how an essential part of the human anatomy has been altered and harmed by environmental degradation. Florence Williams, a respected environmental reporter, discovered while breast-feeding her child that she had a high percentage of a toxin called perchlorate in her breast milk. This prompted her to do more research (it turns out most women have perchlorate and a lot of other bad stuff in their mammary glands) that explores the history and evolution of breasts, including the early popularity of silicon implants to a frightening rise in breast cancer cases among U.S. servicemen.

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ISBN: 9780393345070
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 6th, 2013

God's Hotel - Victoria Sweet

In God’s Hotel (Riverhead, $27.95), her evocative, unvarnished, and brilliant writing debut, doctor and medical historian Victoria Sweet traces her evolution as a medical practitioner caring for society’s poorest and most downtrodden. Her experiences as a physician at one of America’s last almshouses, along with her studies of pre-modern medicine, challenge us to consider more honestly how the essence of diagnosing, treating, and caring for patients is too often devalued by modern medicine. Told through the stories of her patients, God’s Hotel is at once deeply personal, highly entertaining, and above all, important.

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ISBN: 9781594486548
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 2nd, 2013