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Book Report: Make a choice from this bevy of books

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More than 20 years ago, John Casey won the National Book Award for "Spartina," an epic about the people who live along an estuary in Rhode Island.

Critics said it was one of the best novels to come along in years.

Now Casey, an English professor at the University of Virginia, picks up where he left off with "Compass Rose" (Knopf, $27.95), a continuation of the adventures of small town folk who live and die along the estuary.

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