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FICTION The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, a Lisbeth Salander Novel By David Lagercrantz; translated from the Swedish by George Goulding Alfred A. Knopf 347 pages, $27.95 Somewhere beyond the grave in the Great Hereafter, Stieg Larsson must be smiling: Lisbeth Salander, his "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," is still avenging injustice, hacking files, kicking…

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BIOGRAPHY Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax By Michael N. McGregor Fordham University Press 472 Pages, $34.95 At the Circus, at the Spectacular Circus that his father declared singular, the youthful poet Robert Lax saw around the Circus the great seasons of the sky and the individual triumphs beneath it. Lax determined that this was what he wanted. W…

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NONFICTION The Last Castle By Denise Kiernan Touchstone 400 pages, $28 “A House Is Not a Home”, the 1964 song by Bert Bacharach and Hal David sums up any review of “The Last Castle,” by Denise Kiernan. It's an engagingly descriptive book about The Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C., a behemoth which seems to be hollowed out in the middle. Why? B…

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MEMOIR The Best of Us: A Memoir By Joyce Maynard Bloomsbury 437 pages, $27 Life is neither fair -- nor dull -- in Joyce Maynard’s latest memoir which, after 159 pages of unapologetic self congratulation, suddenly turns to gold. Surely this is intentional, Maynard being a teacher of the memoir genre -- and “The Best of Us”a tale of transformation. Bu…

MEMOIR The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale By James Atlas Pantheon 388 pages   $28.95 “Never say you know the first word about any human heart.” – Henry James “The Shadow in the Garden” spills a biographer’s secrets. James Atlas does that with élan and perhaps a bit more material than one may need to know. Think about it: Wh…

NONFICTIOJN "1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love" By Harvey Kubernik Sterling Publishing 264 pages, $29.95   "If you're going to San Francisco/be sure to wear a flower in your hair" -- Scott McKenzie "But we should be together/Come on all you people standing 'round/Our life's too fine to let it die/We can be together" -- Jeff…

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FICTION Deadfall By Linda Fairstein Dutton 400 pages, $28 LInda Fairstein's newest thriller opens with Alexandra Cooper, still in her blood-drenched clothes, sitting dazed in the morgue, reliving the impact of her dead boss' body knocking her onto the stone steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Of course, Fairstein will reward her heroine with…

ESSAYS Autumn By Karl Ove Knausgaard Penguin Press 240 pages, $27 Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard is known for his autobiographical novel in six volumes, “My Struggle” (sounds upbeat, right?). Since the “My Struggle” cycle, he’s garnered quite a following, and such a following will not be disappointed by “Autumn,” the first novel in Knausg…

YOUNG ADULT The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 385 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. Debut author Emily Bain Murphy weaves a shimmering magic into this hauntingly lovely mystery, of family secrets, of old hurts and deadly grudges, of cherished things seemingly lost forever. With their mother, Juliet, dead and their father shipped off to …

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“Collected Poems: 1991-2000" by John Ashbery, edited by Mark Ford, Library of America, 819 pages, $45. John Ashbery was born in Rochester and spent major chunks of his youth outside Rochester, in Sodus and a lakeside cottage in Putneyville. That didn’t stop him from being proclaimed one of the most influential poets of the past half century and, at the same time, th…

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FICTION The Golden House: A Novel By Salman Rushdie Random House 380 pages, $28.99 The night Donald Trump was elected president, Salman Rushdie turned off his social media and began writing this novel beginning with Obama’s election and ending with Trump’s. It contends that Obama’s election created a bubble of racism in high places that burst with the …

YOUNG ADULT Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart;  Delacorte Press, 288 pages ($18.99) Ages 12 and up. (Sept. 5 publication) E. Lockhart, author of acclaimed 2014 best-seller "We Were Liars," delivers the goods again in this smartly crafted psychological suspense novel which unfolds in layers as she tells the tale in reverse. The tale revolves around Imogen, an orphan adopt…

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NONFICTION Putin: His Downfall and Russia’s Coming Crash By Richard Lourie St. Martin’s Press 264 pages, $26.99 Many Americans are asking: Just who is this Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin who has so intoxicated our president with his strength and power, his vast fortune and his inherent iniquity? For sure, most of us know Putin is president of the Russia…

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BIOGRAPHY Jimmy Buffett – A Good Life All The Way By Ryan White Touchstone 354 pages, $26.99 It was one of those "throwaway" songs, a silly little tune that Jimmy Buffett didn't give a whole lot of thought, one of many, many songs he wrote while traveling across the nation, one bar at a time. A song that took him no more than 20 minutes to write. He scr…