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New in paperback: 'Hope' by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus

New in paperback: 'Hope' by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
New paperbacks to check out are "The Shift" by Theresa Brown, "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland" by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, "In the Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume, "Decanting a Murder" by Nadine Nettmann, and "Laughing All the Way to the Mosque" by Zarqa Nawaz. (Chicago Tribune)

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, Penguin, 321 pages, $17

"Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland" examines the shocking story of three young women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — who were kidnapped and held captive for 10 years, until 2013, by a Cleveland school-bus driver, Ariel Castro. Interlacing reporting on search efforts with the victims' recollections, the book looks at the reasons behind Castro's abusive behavior — the girls were starved, threatened with death and repeatedly raped.

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In the Unlikely Event: A Novel by Judy Blume, Vintage, 495 pages, $15.95

Judy Blume's most recent novel for adults is set in the 1950s, in Elizabeth, N.J., and draws from real-life tragedies in the '50s, when three separate plane accidents occurred in the span of three months. In Blume's novel, airplanes fall from the sky one winter, dramatically altering the lives of three generations of families, friends, and strangers — including the main characters, 15-year-old Miri Ammerman and her single mother, Rusty.

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The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives by Theresa Brown, Algonquin, 256 pages, $15.95

A clinical nurse in Pennsylvania, Theresa Brown documents a typical 12-hour day on a local oncology ward, focusing on the lives of four patients she cares for. From bureaucratic hurdles and moody patients to medical emergencies and life-or-death decisions, Brown reveals the everyday challenges nurses face while working inside a broken healthcare system.

Decanting a Murder: A Sommelier Mystery by Nadine Nettmann, Midnight Ink, 251 pages, $14.99

Katie Stillwell was visiting a Napa Valley winery with her best friend, Tessa, in an effort to calm her nerves before her certified sommelier exam. But when a dead body is found floating in a wine fermentation tank and Tessa seems to be the main suspect, Katie goes on a mission to find the real killer using her sommelier skills. After her life is threatened, she comes to the realization that in order to uncork the truth she must reveal her own secrets.

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Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz, HarperCollins, 221 pages, $18.99

Zarqa Nawaz debunks the myths surrounding practicing Muslims by sharing her challenges of growing up as a Canadian of Muslim faith. "Laughing All the Way to the Mosque" is a lighthearted account of Nawaz's rather rugged journey in Western society, from a childhood marked by stereotypes — she was forced to eat curry-based food and wear dresses with pants — to adulthood, when she had to put up with more discrimination — such as being rejected by medical school.

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