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The Early Word: New Books for the Week of March 2, 2009

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New. Non. And Not Non.


Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
By Jacqueline Novogratz

A portrait of humanitarianism at work and a call to action that challenges us to rethink our engagement with the world, The Blue Sweater is the stirring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find effectual new ways of tackling it. Novogratz combined her passions for banking and philanthropy to work with women's groups in microfinance, the pioneering banking strategy that won Muhammad Yunus a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. Her work merging market systems with development and social empowerment led her to create the Acumen Fund for entrepreneurs in developing nations, which she describes as "the opposite of old-fashioned charity." Novogratz, in addition to charting her changing views of capitalism and how she will "change the world," also shows how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and can change millions of lives.

When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball
By Seth Davis

Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors
By Brian Eule

Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America
By Nathaniel Frank

Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Two Remarkable Families
By Michael Holroyd

Life You Can Save: A Simple Solution to Global Poverty
By Peter Singer


The Kindly Ones
By Jonathan Littell

A fictional memoir of Dr. Max Aue, a former Nazi officer who survived the war and has reinvented himself, many years later, as a middle-class entrepreneur and family man in northern France, The Kindly Ones is a massive, challenging, and provocative undertaking noteworthy for its sales and achievements in Europe. A literary prize-winning epic novel that has been a record-breaking bestseller in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, Jonathan Littell’s novel is — a couple of years and a reported million-dollar advance later — highly anticipated in the English-speaking world. Having won the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, as well as the Académie Française’s Prix de Littérature, The Kindly Ones has sold more than one million copies in Europe alone. But at nearly 1,000 pages, with some pages-long paragraphs, a 14-page hallucination, a nine-page digression on the history of Caucasian linguistics, it well may be that many of those highly-esteemed tomes are serving as lowly doorstops.

Paths of Glory
By Jeffrey Archer

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9)
By Charlaine Harris

The Believers
By Zoe Heller

Spoiled: Stories
By Caitlin Macy

By Chuck Palahniuk

Handle with Care
By Jodi Picoult

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