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YOUNG ADULT The Missing of Clairdelune, Volume 2 of the Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos, translated from the French by Hildegarde Serle; Europa Editions, 540 pages ($20.95) Ages 12 and up. ... Prepare to be dazzled yet again, as French author Christelle Dabos returns in Book 2 with an even more deliciously complicated fantasy featuring formidable heroin…

PICTURE BOOK The Good Son: A Story From the First World War Told in Miniature by Pierre-Jacques Ober, illustrated by Jules Ober and Felicity Coonan; Candlewick Studio ($22) ... "About one hundred years ago, the whole world went to war.  The war was supposed to last months. It lasted years." With spare narration, and scene after haunting scene of the devastation of…

Let's  go out on a limb here. That is where the biggest fun is after all. They are, perhaps, the two most important American fictional imaginations of the past 60 years. One, possessed by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, certainly didn't invent the kind of fiction we've long called "magic realism," but he epitomized it. His novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude…

CHILDREN'S Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught; Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 304 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12 (Publication May 14) ... "When the apocalypse came to Avery, Kentucky, I thought Great-Aunt Gustine was out getting a pedicure at Nails, Nails, Nails, that salon with a big pink foot on the door, Dad was teaching English on the…

PICTURE BOOK The Last Peach by Gus Gordon; Roaring Brook Press, $17.99. ... Two bugs contemplate the last peach of summer, as other insects give them advice, in this beguiling tale of friendship, laced with humor, from the Australian author-illustrator of "Herman and Rose" and "Somewhere Else." Shall they eat it? There may never be "another peach so lovely. And ro…

CHILDREN'S The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 371 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... Ali Benjamin follows up her extraordinary debut novel "The Truth About Jellyfish" – a National Book Award finalist – with the equally wonderful, but very different and entirely original "The Next Great Paulie Fink." It's a middle schoo…

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Some of the nation's most celebrated writers are coming to Buffalo for the Babel literary series' 2019-2020 season. Among them is Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead, author of "The Underground Railroad." N. Scott Momaday and Marilynne Robinson, also Pulitzer Prize winners, and heralded writer Valeria Luiselli are also in the lineup. “Th…

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Howard Stern's third book – and his first in 20 years – is coming out May 14. It will be called "Howard Stern Comes Again" and it already has a cement toehold on the best-seller list. Significant advance sales have been reported and only a fool would doubt it. Not only will the "shock jock's" book be one of the year's biggest bestsellers, I'm betting right now that it a…

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The plaster cast of Abraham Lincoln's face and hands at the Buffalo History Museum gives the 16th president a strangely disembodied appearance. Plaster of Paris life masks seem like an oddity today, but with photography still in its infancy, they were used in the mid-19th century to create a person's likeness. The rarely seen circa 1860 casts are among Lincoln artifa…

YOUNG ADULT The Line Tender by Kate Allen; Dutton Children's Books, 371 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up.  ... This extraordinary debut novel, narrated in the wise-beyond-her-years voice of a 12-year-old girl, tantalizes with the sweet possibilities of first love, plumbs the depths of grief after unthinkable loss, and looks to the still unexplained wonders of the nat…

CHILDREN'S The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd; Kathy Dawson Books/Imprint Penguin-Random House; 294 pages ($16.99) Ages 9 to 12. From the very first sentence ("There is such a thing as honorable lying"), author Gail Shepherd draws the reader in to her extraordinary debut novel narrated in the smart, sassy, memorable voice of 11-year-old Lyndon "Ly…

YOUNG ADULT Beast Rider, A boy's journey beyond the border by Tony Johnston and Maria Elena Fontanot De Rhoads; Amulet Books, 159 pages ($17.99) Age 12 and up. ... This haunting, heart-wrenching tale of one boy's dangerous journey from his home in Mexico to reunite with his older brother  in Los Angeles explores the bonds of family, the ties of home, and the despe…

CHILDREN'S The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart; Henry Holt, 341 pages ($16.99) ... This heartwarming road trip tale, of a girl and her father finding their way back after a tragedy, comes from Dan Gemeinhart, Washington State-based author of "Some Kind of Courage," "Good Dog" and "The Honest Truth." Since her mother and two sisters were …