The Slate™ Book Review Top 10 of 2013

The Slate™ Book Review Top 10 of 2013

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Title: Forty-one False Starts

This collection of essays from the prize-winning author and writer for The New Yorker attempts to offer insight into the working minds of writers and artists including Edith Wharton, Edward Weston, Thomas Struth and Sylvia Plath.
Author(s): Janet Malcolm
ISBN 13: 9780374157692
Pages: 298
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Title: Bleeding Edge

Author(s): Thomas Pynchon
ISBN 13: 9781594204234
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Title: Going Clear

Examines the Church of Scientology; discusses the esoteric cosmology, the auditing process for determining an inductee's state of being, and the Bridge for Total Freedom; and details how the church pursues celebrities.
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
ISBN 13: 9780307745309
Pages: 538
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Title: The Flamethrowers

By the National Book Award-nominated author of Telex from Cuba.
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN 13: 9781439142011
Pages: 383
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Title: The Goldfinch

He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power.
Author(s): Donna Tartt
ISBN 13: 9780316055437
Pages: 784
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Title: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women's voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to sit at the table, seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of having it all.  She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. 

Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg's book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can't do to what they can.

Author(s): Sheryl Sandberg
ISBN 13: 9780385349949
Pages: 240
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Title: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

A rising star in Brooklyn's literary scene who is drawn to women in spite of commitment issues considers relationships with three women who compel him to decide what he really wants out of life.
Author(s): Adelle Waldman
ISBN 13: 9780805097450
Pages: 242
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Title: A Prayer Journal

" As W. A. Sessions, who knew O'Connor, writes in his introduction, it was no coincidence that she began writing the stories that would become her first novel, Wise Blood, during the years when she wrote these singularly imaginative ...
Author(s): Flannery OConnor
ISBN 13: 9780374236915
Pages: 112
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Title: Tenth of December

A collection of stories includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young ...
Author(s): George Saunders
ISBN 13: 9780812984255
Pages: 271
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Title: Wool

In a future toxic landscape, a community that lives in an underground silo is rocked by the desire of Sheriff Holston, who has upheld the group's rules for years, to go outside, setting in motion events that kindle the fire of revolution.
Author(s): Hugh Howey
ISBN 13: 9781476733951
Pages: 508
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