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In Chicago once more, the DBC team has many fall titles left to scale. Many of them will take us plain through to 2013. Here now are just a couple selections that we’ll be previewing shortly:

Both Flesh and Not: Essays by David Foster Wallace.

Little, Brown releases 15 never-before-anthologized essays by our most revered literary genius. The titular essay on Roger Federer is held up by fans alongside Infinite Jest as Wallace’s unparalleled masterpiece (something with which Kevin wholeheartedly agrees), and we’re particularly excited to read (and re-read) his dissection of Terminator 2, which we hope will cause the same unexpected stir of emotions that his 1996 essay on David Lynch and the film Lost Highway did. Though of course, because of whom we’re talking about, it will cause the unexpected either way.

 An End to All Things: Stories by Jared Yates Sexton.

It’s exciting when DBC’s Illinois-born-and-bred contingent can read a collection rooted entirely in the Midwest. Indiana, with its contrast between vast cornfields, a storied state university, and Gary’s industrial narrative, serves as a microcosm for America as a whole. These stories chronicle a town wracked with doubt as the collapsing economy closes in — written in presumed contrast to the book’s author, earner of an MFA who has the choice to be there or not be there. It’s a dangerous thing to trust just anyone with a Midwestern voice, so likely to accidentally condescend or misconstrue as they may be. But I trust Atticus Books, and doubt they’d put their faith in anything less than the real deal.

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#fridayreads

Last night at Brookline Booksmith we saw Buzz Bissinger read from his new release, Father’s Day, a personal account of raising his developmentally challenged son. It was honest, sometimes uncomfortably so, particularly when he said point-blank that at some points throughout his son’s young life, he “just wanted to walk away.” This is a book I’m glad to see published; as one of the listeners pointed out during Q&A, you rarely see this type of parental account from the father’s perspective. We’ll have to add this one to our review roster.

Coming up much sooner, however, we’ll have a review of Jurgen Fauth’s Kino, an adventurous debut novel that melds the history of German film with modern-day Hollywood — a book that makes you want to read more books and watch many more movies.

We’ll also be telling you about the nonfiction peach Ozzie’s School of Management by Rick Morrissey, an investigation into the techniques of “baseball’s most colorful and irresponsible manager.” Colorful is a pretty diplomatic way of saying it. I expect that any direct quotes from Guillen himself will need to be censored by your DBC reviewers.

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