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Bill Murray in "St. Vincent."

WATCH LIST: October 2014

By Observer Staff

St. Vincent

In the wake of his parents’ divorce, a young boy befriends his next-door neighbour Vincent (Bill Murray), a grouchy war veteran with more than a few demons. As the boy soaks up insights on the fine arts of gambling, fighting and stealing, the horrified local priest steps in to protect his impressionable soul. Oct. 24

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom

As a young woman in famine-stricken North Korea, Lucia Jang survived human trafficking and internment before finally fleeing for good with her infant son swaddled in a plastic bag. This moving memoir tells the story of her remarkable journey from a prison camp to a new life in Toronto. Oct. 3

BY MARILYNNE ROBINSON (HarperCollins Canada)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson revisits the fictional town of Gilead in her latest novel, a companion to the acclaimed Gilead and Home. Lila, a lonely young wanderer, finds more than sanctuary when she steps into a church in rural Iowa. Marrying the local pastor, she struggles to bridge the gap between her ragtag childhood and the gentle but judgmental Christianity of her new husband. Oct. 7

The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins
By Stephen J. Patterson (HarperOne)

The modern discovery of some of the earliest gospels is shaking up the world of biblical scholarship. Drawing on the Gospel of Q, thought to precede Matthew, Luke and John, New Testament expert Stephen J. Patterson explores a lost Christian tradition that viewed Jesus as a wise teacher, not a divine martyr. Oct. 21

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