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Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 10:04 by Ben Lerner:

“Lerner obviously loves playing with language, stretching sentences out, folding them in on themselves, and making readers laugh out loud with the unexpected turns his paragraphs take. This is a more ambitious novel than Leaving the Atocha Station in that Lerner (as his narrator tells his literary agent in that opening scene) works his "way from irony to sincerity in the sinking city.” The final scene of this novel, where our narrator and his pregnant close friend walk through a blacked-out Lower Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy bears down is as beautiful and moving as any of the tributes to New York written by other famous literary “walkers in the city,” like Walt Whitman and Alfred Kazin, who are presiding presences here. 10:04 is a strange and spectacular novel. Don’t even worry about classifying it; just let Lerner’s language sweep you off your feet.“

A few days after Hurricane Sandy my gorgeous friend and her groom pledged forever to each other even after having their venue damaged by the storm. It was a blustery day in the greatest city in the world, and you could not have kept me away. Until this day, I had yet to see a wedding dress that impressed me. Enter beautiful Roberta, so full of hopes and dreams, in this beautifully restored vintage dress to which a new layer of lace had been added. A glorious blend of the old and new. Sorry Roberta, I’m definitely going to be biting this for my wedding. 

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A roller coaster that was plunged into the Atlantic Ocean after Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Jersey Shore last October and became a symbol of the devastation was being demolished Tuesday afternoon.

The partially submerged Jet Star coaster was once a popular destination at Casino Pier, an amusement park in Seaside Heights, N.J. But when Sandy ravaged the Jersey shoreline, destroying parts of the pier, the coaster tumbled into the ocean.

Today’s Must Read

NPR Books has a new series in the works called “This Week’s Must Read.” It launches the first week of November – but until then, here’s a taste of what’s coming.

One year ago this week, winds began battering the coastline of New Jersey, an early herald of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall. It would become the second-costliest storm on record in the U.S. And while 12 months leaves little time to cope with such tragedy – and still fewer books that address it – we can glimpse at Sandy’s human toll by looking a few years past it, to the storm recorded as the costliest in U.S. history: Hurricane Katrina.

In Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, a South Mississippi family stands in the gathering shadow of a massive hurricane. For all its locomotive bulk and bluster, though, the storm at first earns as much attention as a light drizzle. To a family struggling with poverty, and to a young girl pregnant at 14, there are more pressing matters to worry about than an oncoming storm – until the book’s harrowing final act, that is. This National Book Award winner is the kind of book that keeps your hands busy: one to keep your face covered, and the other to furiously flip pages.