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Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure: A Memoir

After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty and deeply poignant account of his life so far. Swinging between a Soviet home life and American aspirations, Shteyngart found himself living in two contradictory worlds, all the while wishing that he could find a real home in one. And somebody to love him. And somebody to lend him 69 cents for a McDonald’s hamburger.

Week of October 6, 2014

Releases for the week of October 6th include COMMAND AUTHORITY, the final published book by Tom Clancy, who passed away in October 2013 at the age of 66; THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE, a memoir by Ann Patchett that examines her deepest commitments --- to writing, family, friends, dogs, books and her husband; THE LUMINARIES, Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize-winning novel that evokes a mid-19th-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust; and LITTLE FAILURE, the all-too true story of an immigrant family betting its future on America, as told by a lifelong misfit (Gary Shteyngart) who finally finds a place for himself in the world through books and words.