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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the big book of the fall in every sense. Long, of Dickensian scope, and the most riveting opening chapter since Ian McEwan's Enduring Love. Unputdownable.

Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste, by Luke Barr, based on Ms. Fisher's journals, recounts a time and place when food world icons were together—a foretaste of this country's culinary awakening.

The Valley of Amazement, out next week, is the new novel from Amy Tan about the life of a courtesan at the start of the 20th century, set in Shanghai and San Francisco.

In Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II, Wil S. Hylton tells the true story of eleven airmen who were said to have parachuted to safety after a plane crash in the Pacific over Palau but went missing for decades. Out November 5.

Public health activist Josh Ruxin has written A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda, out next week, about the experiences of his family in a country on a long road to healing.

The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel, by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, is a thoroughly researched and heart-stopping account of that terrible attack.

You may have heard seen this extraordinary Border collie on a NOVA program. In Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words, John W. Pilley with Hilary Hinzmann tell the story of how Chaser learned her vocabulary and the implications of the achievement.

The Way We Ate: 100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table, by Noah Fecks and Paul Wagtouicz, is based on their blog, tracking the food and recipes of the last century.

We might be slightly biased in this case, since we wrote Shop Talk: New York's 100 Most Interesting Stores. One thing we can say is, we don't know a shopping book like it, covering such an unlikely group of people, places, things, history, appreciation and a little snark: a Cindy Sherman tureen, the vintage clothing proprietor who bursts into song, Act-Up activists, a music store Nick Hornby would like, clothing and accessories for breast cancer survivors, anime collectibles, Art Deco engagement rings, a Geographical Index of Good and Evil, Coral and Tusk embroidered pillows, a Norman Bel Geddes armchair and the store at the corner of sensory overload and horror vacui. To name a few.

fri-sat 6pm-midnight (ongoing): the weekly brooklyn night bazaar night market brings bands, food, breweries + wineries, vendors, light installations, and mini golf + ping pong to a 24,000 sq ft warehouse. this week's music comes from spank rock, dope body, frankie rose, mahogany, monogold, heavenly beat, more. 165 banker st @ norman ave (greenpoint), free admission.

fri 6:30-8pm: kissenkühlelabsal = the joy of a cool pillow. explore german vocabulary as author ben schott presents his latest book, schottenfreude: german words for the human condition. the cooper union, free.

fri-sat 9pm: bam's free bamcafé live music series continues with ten-member art pop orchestral ensemble the irrepressibles

fri-11/6: the second annual gotham storytelling festival was curated and produced by 'told' producer heidi grumelot, the moth storyslam host peter aguero and 18-time moth story slam winner adam wade. so you're in good hands. under st. marks theater, $15.

sat-sun: save 30% on books, movies, music, and more at housing works

sun 9am-2pm: the annual ing new york city marathon leads 45k local + international, recreational + elite runners through all five boroughs starting in staten island and ending in central park. view course map for best spectating spots.

sun 1-6pm: the west village's li-lac chocolates celebrates 90 years with 1923 pricing on select items, complimentary chocolate + wine pairings, and live music from the kitchen opera company. the first 100 customers can purchase a $45 box of assorted chocolates for the 1923-friendly price of just $3.67.

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