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Week of October 2, 2017

Paperback releases for the week of October 2nd include THE SLEEPWALKER by Chris Bohjalian, the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed one night and the daughter determined to find her; A LOWCOUNTRY HEART, a new volume of Pat Conroy’s nonfiction that brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches and letters from his long literary career, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, “Hey, out there”; ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC, a deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa; and VICTORIA: THE QUEEN, Julia Baird's page-turning biography that reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen.

Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

In HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest.