September 16, 2012 12:00 AM

Watermark Books: New & Recommended (Sept. 16)

"Telegraph Avenue" by Michael Chabon (Harper, $27.99) Two longtime friends Archy and Nat are hanging on to Brokeland Records, a vinyl dream on the edge of Berkley and Oakland. When an ex-NFL quarterback announces his plans to build his latest megastore nearby, they find themselves in a battle for their professional existence. In addition, their wives, partners in a midwife practice, find themselves also in a battle, one that will test the limits of their friendship. In an intimate epic, "Telegraph Avenue" is at turns generous, imaginative, funny, moving, and thrilling. It is Chabon at his best.

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