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FICTION Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down By Anne Valente William Morrow 370 pages, $25.99 The Next By Stephanie Gangi St. Martin’s Press 312 pages, $26.99 The Dollhouse By Fiona Davis Dutton 289 pages, $26 Life serves up the unspeakable, the inevitable and the irretrievable in three new first novels – one of which is so disturbingly real that a reader may …

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Mindy Fried has written a book about her father, the late Emanuel "Manny" Fried, the acclaimed actor and playwright, as well as labor activist and educator. "Caring for Red: A Daughter's Memoir" (Vanderbilt University Press), 173 pages) shares what it was like for Mindy Fried to grow up with her father, and then later to be a caregiver for the fiercely independent man w…

The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach; illustrated by Alice Ratterree; Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt; $16.99. 340 pages. Ages 8 to 12. This entertaining mystery set partly in beautiful Yosemite National Park comes from the author of several award-winning books including “Masterpiece” tor this age group. Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango has grown up at the California wi…

By Magdalena Zurawski We decided I should go alone on foot. I would find him in the pharmacy. If he said ‘In the head of God all propositions have existed always,’ we would make the exchange. He was standing in front of the calamine lotion. He spoke to the air. I slipped the envelope into his pocket and bought a topical analgesic to av…

NONFICTION Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs By Douglas Smith Farrar, Straus and Giroux 787 pages, $35.00 This book gets rid of the many myths about Rasputin. Secondarily it explains Rasputin’s small but important role in the Russian Revolution. Douglas Smith retells each myth, not revealing at first that it is a myth, then he tells th…

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BIOGRAPHY Last Girl Before Freeway: The Lives, Loves, Losses and Liberation of Joan Rivers By Leslie Bennetts Little, Brown 432 pages, $28 In 2010, I saw Joan Rivers at the Seneca Niagara Casino. I had seen her several times over the years and she never failed to entertain. Manic, irreverent, saying the unthinkable, she was a pioneer in comedy – the first woman to…

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Alfred Hitchcock, A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd, Doubleday, 288 pages, $26.95 Let’s go right to an ugly, late-life low point, if not exactly the nadir of Alfred Hitchcock’s life -- his cruel and obsessive treatment of Tippi Hedren, whom he had plucked from nowhere to be the star of “The Birds.” During the making of the film, he wanted co-workers to think he and Hedren w…

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MEMOIR Born A Crime By Trevor Noah Spiegel & Grau 288 pages, $28 Trevor Noah had no right to be born. Literally. In the waning days of apartheid in South Africa, Noah entered the world as the product of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother when such unions were illegal. He lived life though his adolescence in a state of suspended race, neither …

FICTION Night of the Animals By Bill Broun Ecco 560 pages, $26.99. Beautiful and strange and flawed but in noble ways, “Night of the Animals” is a sport of nature, sort of, a novel about a dystopic future world in which most of the Earth’s animal species are gone, except for the ark-sanctuary of the London Zoo, where a 90-year old fitfully schizophrenic addi…

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The glitzy, electronic wizardry of tablets and iPads dims beside the feel of paper bound between a stiff cover, and the ways in which the words and illustrations contained in it can stoke young minds to engage imaginary worlds. It is what compelled Kim Krug of Clarence and her mother, Kathleen Skroog, to assemble 36 children's book authors from around the U.S. and Canad…

CHILDREN’S Write This Down by Claudia Mills; Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux; 248 pages, $15.99. Ages 8 to 12. ... Claudia Mills is the master of the middle-school novel and she offers a humorous and heartwarming tale of family, friendship and self-discovery in “Write This Down.” Twelve-year-old Autumn loves to write and dreams of being published some day…

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Forever Words: The Unknown Poems of Johnny Cash, Blue Rider Press, 133 pages, $25. With Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for literature, the whole subject of the poetry in American songwriting has been thrown wide open for reconsideration. This book was planned long before the Nobel fell on Dylan’s enigmatic head. That both poet Paul Muldoon and Cash’s son John Cart…

NONFICTION True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy By Kati Marton Simon & Schuster 292 pages, $27 What turned an American Quaker from a religious pacifist to a traitor who willingly sacrificed his own and his family's freedom, a promising career and his country, all for the sake of the Soviet Union's imaginary utopia? How did he discard his principl…

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The Whistler By John Grisham Doubleday 374 pages, $28.95 Gather ‘round the campfire, boys and girls. John Grisham has another story to tell. In “The Whistler,” Grisham wades into what could be termed “gray-collar” crime – a blend of mostly white-collar transgressions, with a few old-fashioned violent crimes tossed into the mix. So we have characters involved…

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MEMOIR Scrappy Little Nobody By Anna Kendrick Touchstone 304 pages, $26.99 What is the right age for a celebrity to even think about writing a memoir?  That is the question that initially ran through my mind when I heard Anna Kendrick had written one.  How can anyone who has spent just 31 years on this planet possibly amass enough experiences, first-hand kno…