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Becoming, for a song." Recyclopedia (Graywolf Press, November 2006) by Harryette Mullen. Seventh book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jeffrey Shotts. Publicist: Mary Matze.

"I am the recording angel, doomed to listen and to watch." The Children's Hospital (McSweeney's Books, October 2006) by Chris Adrian. Second book, novel. Agent: Eric Simonoff. Editor: Eli Horowitz. Publicist: Angela Petrella.

"The food here is bad, but every day there is something I can eat and even like, and there's a bathtub, which I don't have at home." American Genius: A Comedy (Soft Skull Press, October 2006) by Lynne Tillman. Eleventh book, fifth novel. Agent: Joy Harris. Editor: Richard Nash. Publicist: Kristin Pulkkinen.

"The following might have happened on a late fall afternoon in the Boston suburb of West Salem." The Uses of Enchantment (Doubleday, October 2006) by Heidi Julavits. Third book, novel. Agent: Henry Dunow. Editor: Bill Thomas. Publicist: Alison Rich.

"The road to Ruleton ran dry and dusty." Cotton Song (Shaye Areheart Books, November 2006) by Tom Bailey. Third book, second novel. Agent: Jane Gelfman. Editor: Shaye Areheart. Publicist: Melanie DeNardo.

"When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him." The Road (Knopf, October 2006) by Cormac McCarthy. Tenth book, novel. Agent: Amanda Urban. Editor: Dan Frank. Publicist: Paul Bogaards.

"Demands indefinitely specified, / demands incompatible with collective living // beget stadia / with indefinite seating / delicately tiered." Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon Press, October 2006) by Ben Lerner. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Michael Wiegers. Publicist: Angela Garbes.

"Hunstman indeed is gone from Savile Row, / And Mr. Hall, the head cutter." Ooga-Booga (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 2006) by Frederick Seidel. Twelfth book, poetry collection. Agent: Andrew Wylie. Editor: Lorin Stein. Publicist: Laurel Cook.

"There is no scatheless rapture." Thirteen Moons (Random House, October 2006) by Charles Frazier. Second book, novel. Agent: Amanda Urban. Editor: Kate Medina. Publicist: Jynne Martin.

"Düsseldorf, Afternoon, Late Autumn, 1853: I am lying in bed, dressed in my purple velvet suit, my beautiful, beautiful suit, and I don't want to meet with Hans Gude." Melancholy (Dalkey Archive Press, November 2006) by Jon Fosse. Twenty-fifth book, seventeenth novel. Translators: Grethe Kvernes, Damion Searls. Agent: Ariane Fink. Editor: John O'Brien. Publicist: Chad Post.

"A 150-foot monument is a tall thing, even in a majestic range of mountains in Colorado." The Joke's Over: Ralph Steadman on Hunter S. Thompson (Harcourt, October 2006) by Ralph Steadman. Nineteenth book, first memoir. Agent: Nat Sobel. Editor: Tina Pohlman. Publicists: Michelle Blankenship, Angela Hayes.

"At ten minutes to midnight, ninety minutes outside of his hometown of Pittsburgh, Sam walked through the door of a truck stop in West Virginia at the precise moment Frannie emerged from the men's room, having just flushed a potato down the toilet." Running Away With Frannie (MacAdam/Cage, October 2006) by Renée Manfredi. Third book, second novel. Agent: Eileen Cope. Editor: Kate Nitze. Publicist: Julie Burton.

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