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Five books to check out in October

| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

Freelance writer and former Trib book reviewer Rege Behe has picked out five books you should look into this month.

“Manhattan Beach”

Jennifer Egan, (Scribner, $28)

The story of a woman who works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during World War II, by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “A Visit from the Goon Squad.” Longlisted for a National Book Award for fiction.

“Fresh Complaint”

Jeffrey Eugenides, (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $27)

Short stories from the last 22 years, mostly dealing with middle-aged angst. By the author of “The Virgin Suicides” and “Middlesex.”

“Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Life”

Amy Tan, (Ecco, $28.99)

Tan, the author of the “Joy-Luck Club” and “The Bonesetter's Daughter,” examines her traumatic childhood and redemption through writing.

“The King is Always Above the People: Stories”

Daniel Alarcon, (Riverhead, $27)

Another book short-listed for a National Book Award for fiction. Alarcon's previous books include the short-story collection “War by Candlelight” and “Lost City Radio,” a novel.

“Vacationland:True Stories from Painful Beaches”

John Hodgman (Viking, $25)

On his website, the comic and writer states he wanted to describe Vacationland as “John Hodgman Tells Absolutely, maybe Awfully True Stories as he Sprints Toward Death in Emotionally and Literally Cold Places.”

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