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Watertown native Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, chief executive officer and president of the Cleveland Clinic, has written the book “The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence from One of the World’s Leading Health Care Organizations” published by McGraw Hill Education.

Using stories of real patients treated at Cleveland Clinic, the book examines what sets the clinic apart from other hospitals and health care organizations and how one of the world’s best hospitals is shaping the future of medicine by working toward one goal: putting patients first.

Dr. Cosgrove also describes eight trends that will make health care in this country more efficient, more effective and more affordable than it is today.

“The Cleveland Clinic Way” sells for $30 and is available at online bookstores. It’s also available as an ebook at about half that price.

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Novelist Joyce Carol Oates, who has set many of her novels in upstate New York, has titled her latest book “Carthage.”

The novel, published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, is about a young girl’s disappearance, which rocks a community — a fictionalized town called Carthage — and a family. The publisher calls it a “stirring examination of grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war.”

Ms. Oates, who was born in Lockport, Niagara County, has set several of her novels in upstate New York. On the website, Ms. Oates says, “I’m drawn to write about upstate New York in the way in which a dreamer might have recurring dreams.”

The writer mixes fictional and real-life locations in “Carthage.” The book’s prologue mentions the fictional Nautauga State Forest Preserve which is “bounded at its northern edge by the St. Lawrence River and the Canadian border and at the southern edge by the Nautauga River, Beechum County.”

“Carthage” sells for $26.99 and under $15 as an ebook.

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SUNY Press has released the novel “The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale” by Mary Sanders Shartle.

The novel is about a successful New York City resident who returns to her birthplace in the Adirondacks to escape a tragic life by living as a recluse. But she is plagued by a secret, and on a winter day in 1990, she opens fire on a military flyover. As word of her actions gets out, she is forced to confront her years of isolation and sadness.

“The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale” is the debut novel by Ms. Shartle, who lives in the Albany area. The novel sells for $24.95 and is available at

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Aline Alexander Newman, Turin, has co-authored the children’s book “How to Speak Dog,” published by National Geographic.

Mrs. Newman co-authored the book with Dr. Gary Weitzman, chief executive officer of the San Diego SPCA and co-host of a weekly radio show about pets, “The Animal House,” that plays on many National Public Radio stations.

The publisher calls “How to Speak Dog” a “fun, informative, and photographically driven book that helps kids understand what their dog is trying to tell them through body language and behavior.”

The book sells for $12.95 and is available at

Mrs. Newman has written more than 50 cover stories for National Geographic Kids magazine and several books for National Geographic.

On Feb. 11, Mrs. Newman’s chapter book “Lucky Leopards and More True Stories About Amazing Animal Rescues” will be published by National Geographic.

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Myrtle A. Butterfield, Canton, has self-published “Cod Liver Oil and Pig Weed,”a compilation of essays, poetry and musings.

Mrs. Butterfield, 84, was inspired to write when she enrolled at SUNY Canton in August 2010. One of her first classes was expository writing. She earned her associate degree in liberal arts in 2012.

“My semesters at SUNY Canton reinforced my lifelong love of words. Putting my thoughts, feelings, experiences onto paper was such an epiphany,” said Mrs. Butterfield.

Her book costs $15.95 and is available at the NYSARC Gallery, 95 Main St., Canton; the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, 3 Main St., Canton; the SUNY Canton Bookstore; Pickens General Store, 83 State St., Heuvelton, and T&R Wines and Liquors, 145 Market St., Potsdam.

Compiled by Times staff writer Chris Brock

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