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  • This week's New York Times Book Review has The Bounty author Caroline Alexander reviewing the new Myths series from Canongate Publishing. The series launched with Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad, Jeanette Winterson's Weight, and Karen Armstrong's A Short History of Myth.

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  1. The Bounty: The True Story of the... Used Trade Paper $3.50
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  3. Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
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