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The New York TimesAugust 30, 2009 

The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story

Julia Reed

Reed, a Mississippi native, rented a pied-a-terre in New Orleans in the early '90s, but not until 2005 did she marry and buy a house -- a Greek Revival mansion in the historic Garden District. Her story of renovation horrors and middle-aged coming-of-age is interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood

Helene Cooper

Cooper, a reporter for The Times, lived in the house at Sugar Beach with her family during a privileged Liberian childhood. That idyll ended in 1980 when rebel soldiers gang-raped Cooper's mother and the family went into exile.

My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare

Jess Winfield

Young William Shakespeare alternates chapters with an American alter ego, a hash-smoking University of California, Santa Cruz, grad student, in this lusty, pun-drunk first novel by a former member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (and current cartoon producer).

The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

James Bamford

The latest installment of Bamford's long NSA narrative (beginning with "The Puzzle Palace" in 1982) focuses on warrantless wiretapping -- which actually meant intercepting just about all communications, then using sophisticated software to sift through the material. I See You Everywhere

Julia Glass

The third and most autobiographical novel by Glass, who won the National Book Award for "Three Junes" in 2002, describes the complex emotional bond between two sisters -- one cautious and brainy, the other vital and adventurous -- and its painful rupture.

Say You're One of Them

Uwem Akpan

Each of the stories and novellas in this debut collection by a Nigerian Jesuit priest is set in a different African country, and each describes horrors from the point of view of a child subjected to poverty, dislocation and worse.

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