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WATCH LIST: October 2016

By Observer Staff


American Pastoral
DIRECTED BY EWAN MCGREGOR, STARRING EWAN MCGREGOR, JENNIFER CONNELLY, DAKOTA FANNING AND UZO ADUBA
(Lakeshore Entertainment)

Life is going well for Seymour Levov (Ewan McGregor), with a successful business, beautiful house and a nuclear family. But as the social turmoil of 1960s America sets in, he’s forced to take off his rose-coloured glasses. His daughter (Dakota Fanning) sets off a bomb in a postal shop in an act of political rebellion. In the film adaptation of Philip Roth’s book of the same name, Levov learns that the people around him aren’t as perfect as they seem. Oct. 21

Muslims and the Making of America
BY AMIR HUSSAIN
(Baylor University Press)


As the American federal election looms and acts of terrorism pepper the news cycle, misconceptions and fear-based rhetoric about Muslims have become increasingly common. In an effort to provide a more factual perspective, Muslims and the Making of America details the history and impact of Islam in the United States. While highlighting Muslim contributions to music, sports and culture, religion scholar Amir Hussain shows how today’s America couldn’t exist without the contributions of the Muslims who live there. Oct. 15

Wenjack
BY JOSEPH BOYDEN
(Hamish Hamilton)


It’s 1966, and Charlie Wenjack is on the run from his residential school in northern Ontario. Based on a true story, the highly anticipated new novel from Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden follows the young Ojibwa boy as he tries to find his way home. But it’s farther than he remembers, and Manitous, the forest spirits following close behind, won’t leave him alone. Oct. 18

On Living
BY KERRY EGAN
(Riverhead Books)


As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan spends a lot of time with people nearing the end of their lives. She listens and comforts as they tell stories, share secrets and reflect on their existence, witnessing what she calls the “spiritual work of dying.” By supporting her patients as they prepare for death, Egan has learned a lot about life, and how to make the most of it. In this memoir, she shares those lessons about how to find courage, purpose and love. Oct. 25


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