Magazine article Newsweek

(Stephen Ambrose)

Magazine article Newsweek

(Stephen Ambrose)

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(Stephen Ambrose) Nothing Like It in the WorldIn the middle of the Civil War, Lincoln found time to kick-start the transcontinental railroad, perhaps the greatest engineering feat of the 19th century. This is just one of the tales in this saga that runs from financial high-rolling to Indian wars and culminates with the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Point. (Sept.)

(Margaret Atwood) The Blind Assassin A sci-fi novel within a '40s noir novel, two mystery deaths and a twisteroo at the end. Much anticipated, and sure to get a lot of press. (Sept.)

(Tom Perrotta) Joe College Perrotta, one of America's best-kept literary secrets, isn't likely to stay unknown much longer. He's at his ruefully funny best in this bittersweet comedy about a working-class boy from New Jersey at Yale circa 1980. (Sept.)

(Kazuo Ishiguro) When We Were Orphans The master of post-Jamesian nuance ("Remains of the Day") spins a subtle tale of an orphan who grows up to become a detective able to solve any mystery--except the mystery of his parents' disappearance. (Sept.)

(Michael Chabon) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay An epic novel of--no kidding--the comic-book industry in the golden age of the 1940s, in which two cousins create a masked hero called the Escapist. Supposed to be Chabon's big one. (Sept.)

(Regis Philbin) Who Wants to Be Me? The host of TV's most popular game show vents--on anything and everything. (Sept.)

(Mary Karr) Cherry Picking up where she left off in her hit memoir "The Liar's Club," Karr careers into her teens, where she discovers dope, adolescent angst and sex. …

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