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YOUNG ADULT Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen; Candlewick Press, 337 pages ($18.99) Ages 16 and up. ... This beautifully written, fresh reimagining of "Beauty and the Beast" finds new depths in the familiar fairy tale, exploring the nature of ugliness, the lie of the handsome exterior, the hidden beauty of the Beast. (On the opening page is the Greta Ga…

CHILDREN’S Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins; Greenwillow Books, 223 pages ($16.99). Ages 8 to 12. ... This charming novel of a girl’s first family beach vacation vividly evokes the childhood wonder of the first experience of the ocean. Perkins, who drew the marvelous illustrations, tells the story from the younger sister’s perspective, as Alix …

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The Larkin Square Author Series on June 25 will feature Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post, and author Lauren Belfer. The free event is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at 745 Seneca St. in Larkin Square. "We are honored that Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan will appear together for a talk in Larkinville," said Leslie Zemsky, Larkin Square'…

CHILDREN'S The Button War: A Tale of the Great War by Avi; Candlewick Press, 229 pages ($16.99). Ages 10 to 14. The author of more than 60 books for young people including 2003 Newbery Medal-winner "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" has published, at age 80, possibly his finest work yet, in the compelling, brilliant "The Button War," which one reviewer called reminiscent of "S…

YOUNG ADULT In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira; Farrar Straus Giroux; 399 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This extraordinary, poignant, beautiful novel, of love and loss, of family secrets, of mothers and daughters, is told from the alternating perspectives of 17-year-old Marilyn and, 18 years later, of her daughter, 17-year-old Angie. Angie and her mother have alw…

CHILDREN'S Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed; Nancy Paulsen Books, 226 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This beautifully written, moving tale by Pakistani-American author Aisha Saeed puts a human face on the global problem of indentured servitude, the persistence of a lawless, feudal state that allows the very wealthy to keep the poor in bondage and deny them an education. …

YOUNG ADULT The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom; Feiwel and Friends, 309 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... This delightful historical adventure, set in 1808 when the “Wild West” was the Genesee Valley of Western New York, marks a promising debut for Melissa Ostrom, who teaches English literature at Genesee Community College and lives in Holley, N.Y. Hard-working, outs…

The apt title of Michelle Dean's book is "Sharp." Is it ever. It's about some of the smartest women of the 20th century and it's my favorite book of 2018 thus far (Atlantic Monthly Press, 362 pages, $26). Thereby hangs a tale. In her preface, Dean writes, "the forward march of American literature is usually chronicled by way of its male novelists, the Hemingways and …

GRAPHIC Novel Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, color by Alec Longstreet; First Second, ($12.99) Ages 8 and up. ... Gifted author-illustrator Vera Brosgol, who was born in Moscow and moved to the U.S. at the age of five, has created a funny, poignant, uniquely Russian-flavored graphic novel memoir about her childhood experience at a Russian Orthodox summer camp. Her wonderfu…

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By DEIRDRE CARMODY and WILLIAM GRIMES Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist and novelist whose Technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,” “The Right Stuff” and “Bonfire of the Vanities,” died Mond…

CHILDREN'S The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty; Random House, 304 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This marvelous debut novel by a former mechanical engineer stars 12-year-old Lucy Callahan, a math genius whose idea of fun is reading old engineering textbooks and chatting in online math forums. She owes both her gift at math – and her obsessive compu…

Here are some books of the moment worth paying attention to: "Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke and the Making of a Masterpiece" By Michael Benson (Simon and Schuster, 477 pages, $30). Probably the most innovative and influential film of the past half century was Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," which is celebrating its 50th anniversary as we …