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Rudolph Herzog, A. S. A. Harrison, Justin St. Germain

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Here are some recommended readings from your local book sellers!

WORD’s pick: “A Short History of Nuclear Folly” by Rudolph Herzog


Largely eschewing the better known instances of humankind mishandling atomic technologies — Hiroshima, Chernobyl, and Fukushima Daiichi — Rudolph Herzog’s volume presents another kind of history: a compilation of follies less traveled, as well as a compendium of near misses. It’s a holy-moly-we-were-almost-history history. And somehow it’s as light as it is heavy, as funny as it is terrifying (this is R. Herzog after all, the man who, in “Dead Funny,” wrote about humor in Hitler’s Germany). Did you know doctors actually planted plutonium in patients’ hearts? Did I mention that nuclear satellites are raining down on us? Oh my god.
— Chad Felix, WORD [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbrooklyn.com].

The BookMark Shoppe’s pick: “The Silent Wife ” by A. S. A. Harrison


Jodi Brett has the perfect life living in a Chicago high rise, seeing patients occasionally, keeping a beautiful home, spending time with family and friends, and of course caring for her adoring husband. She has learned to overlook his indiscretions through the years; after all it hardly affects her and her perfect life. That is until the day when he demands a divorce. Her life shatters and the only thing left to do is kill him. Kill him before he leaves her. And so begins a fast paced thriller that’s been compared to Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.” A must read for this Fall by debut author A. S. A. Harrison.
— Bina Valenzano, co-owner, The BookMark Shoppe [8415 Third Ave. between 84th and 85th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 833–5115, www.bookmarkshoppe.com].

Greenlight Bookstore’s pick: “Son of a Gun” by Justin St. Germain


The memoir is a tough category to crack but Justin St. Germain succeeds in “Son of a Gun.” Written with a straightforwardness that is harder to achieve than you’d think it would be, this book follows St. Germain’s quest (both inner and outward) to come to terms with the tragic death of his mother. Not only the how but the why. Told in anyone else’s voice, this book would be uncomfortable-making, but as told by St. Germain, it is instead reasoned, calm, self-assured, and exploratory, all in constructive ways.
— Rebecca Fitting, Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246–0200, www.greenlightbookstore.com].

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