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Every Person in New York

Mike Duncan created the award-winning podcast The History of Rome, the full montium of the Roman Empire in 189 episodes. He's now written The Storm Before the Storm—The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic, available October 24. Its focus is on the years 146-78 BC; the parallels to our current political climate are abundant (pay attention especially to 133-80 BC). Mr. Duncan will be at Book Culture on October 25, 7pm and on October 26, 7pm, Powerhouse Arena, RSVP.

Going Into Town, Roz Chast's 'Love Letter to New York', is as Chastian as you hope it will be: funny, idiosyncratic, insightful, wonderful.

Roddy Doyle (who won the Booker for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha) has a new novel out on October 17 titled Smile, in which the appearance of an unremembered old acquaintance forces a reconsideration of the past. As always with Doyle, superb dialogue, and as events unfolds, a story that is both uncomfortable and compelling.

Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel is a highly-readable account of the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Written by Francine Klagsbrun, it's available on October 17.

If we were stranded on a desert island, one of the books we'd want with us would be a volume of poems by Mary Oliver. Devotions, a selection by the poet herself, makes the choice easy.

Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death, written in 1963 (and revised before her death in 1996) exposed the funeral industry with Mitford's lethal wit. Caitlin Doughty, a mortician and reform advocate, has written From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, reminding us it is healthy, however uncomfortable for Americans, to compare our own funerary practices with those of cultures around the world.

The world's greatest frenemies, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, are examined by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood in Friends Divided, out October 24.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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