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YOUNG ADULT Brave Face, a Memoir: How I Survived Growing Up, Coming Out, and Depression by Shaun David Hutchinson; Simon Pulse, 368 pages ($18.99) Ages 14 and up. ... In "Brave Face," the author of acclaimed Young Adult novels "We Are the Ants" and "The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza," offers a heart-rending, spare-no-detail memoir of his struggles growing up and com…

PICTURE BOOK Daniel's Good Day by Micha Archer; Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99. ... Micha Archer's vibrant oil-and-collage illustrations depict young Daniel’s diverse urban neighborhood as a paradise of budding trees, blooming flowers and friendly people as Daniel asks one person after another (a woman painting houses, a woman driving a bus, a baker, a mail carrier,…

CHILDREN'S All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker; illustrations by Kelly Murphy; Viking, 307 pages ($17.99) Ages 10 and up. ... The "Greys" of the title refer not to a family but to the color, in this extraordinary debut novel set against the gritty backdrop of New York City in the 1980s. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist, always sketching in her noteb…

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George Clooney must be a little crazy. Not as crazy as John Yossarian claimed to be in the 453-page Joseph Heller novel “Catch-22” that the late famed director Mike Nichols turned into a two-hour movie in 1970. But crazy enough to think the cast in a new Hulu version of the satirical antiwar film could compete with the memory of the incredible cast in Nichols’ film. …

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…