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The Early Word: New Non-Fiction for the Week of October 6, 2008

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Ahem. I call this piece, "In Celebration of Autumn: New Books, in Poetry and Prose."

Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man
By Dalton Fury

In its endeavor to track down the world’s most dangerous man, the 40 members of America’s super secret counter-terrorist unit — an elite and mysterious unit known as Delta Force — worked in league with the CIA, a dozen of the British Queen’s elite commandos, and another dozen or so Army Green Berets. This team waged a modern day siege of wide-scale proportions against Osama bin Laden and his seemingly impenetrable cave sanctuary set deep inside the Spin Ghar Mountain range. Since the battle ended, various news stories and speculation have spread offering bits and pieces of information about what really happened in Tora Bora. With Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man, Dalton Fury, the senior ranking military officer at the Battle of Tora Bora, offers the first you-are-there account of this battle and an inside look at the remarkable attributes of Delta Force and how they function.

Amarcord: Marcella Remembers
By Marcella Hazan

    One arm over my shoulder
    Sandals dance at my feet
    Eyes that'll knock you right over
    Ooo Marcella's so sweet
    ("Marcella" — the Beach Boys)

Fertility Doctor: John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution
By Margaret S. Marsh

    When I was grown to be a man
    And the Devil would call my name
    I'd say "now who do…
    Who do you think you're fooling?"
    I'm a consummated man
    I can snatch a little purity
    My mama loves me, she loves me
    She gets down on her knees and hugs me
    She loves me like a rock
    She rocks me like the rock of ages
    And she loves me
    ("Loves Me Like a Rock" — Paul Simon)

Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession
By Anne Rice

In her first work of nonfiction, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession, bestselling writer Anne Rice pens a memoir about her transition from long-time atheist and popular gothic horror writer of the dark Vampire Chronicles series, to a Christian fiction author converted back to the Church – much to the sudden shock of her fans. Beginning with her childhood in New Orleans, when she fully embraced her Catholic faith and seriously considered entering a convent, Called Out recounts Rice’s loss of faith during her years in radical Berkeley, where she came under the spell of secular humanists, and as she encountered loss and alienation with her mother’s drinking, and the deaths of her young daughter and later, her husband. Always uneasy with her four decades of atheism, however, she struggled with wavering belief, and longed for her lost faith. Finally, in 1998, she reconciled herself to the Catholic Church and found that its character had altered greatly since her youth. In 2002, she made a firm, personal decision to commit her writing from then on to God, particularly with an acclaimed series based on the life of Christ.

Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel
By Edmund White

    Situations have ended sad
    Relationship have all been bad
    Mine've been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud
    But there's no way I can compare
    All those scenes to this affair
    Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go.
    ("Your Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" — Bob Dylan)
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