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BILLIE HOLIDAY: The Musician and the Myth

John Szwed
Viking
ISBN 978-0670014729
230 pages
$28.95

Reviewed by Matt Schudel

No figure in American music led a more interesting, troubled and tragic life than Billie Holiday. She was the tortured soul of jazz, whose ...Read more

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY ROUNDUP

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Reviewed by Nancy Hightower

Naomi Novik's "Uprooted" (Del Rey, $25) is an enchanting twist on a tale from Polish folklore: A century-old wizard called the Dragon comes to a village to choose a ...Read more

THE NEGOTIATOR: A Memoir

George J Mitchell
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 978-1451691375
400 pages
$28

Reviewed by James Mann

Is it possible that a famous person can be just too decent, too dignified, too prudent and circumspect to write an interesting ...Read more

RUNNING FROM OFFICE: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics

Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox
Oxford Univ
ISBN 978-0199397655
211 pages
$21.95

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

Consider the political memories seared into the minds of America's 25-year-olds. As children, they heard ...Read more

JACKSONLAND: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and the Great American Land Grab

Steve Inskeep
Penguin Press
ISBN 978-1594205569
421 pages
$29.95

Reviewed by David Treuer

Surely everyone knows, or should know, about the Cherokee Trail of Tears - an ordeal imposed upon thousands of Cherokees, who, after ...Read more

ALL THE WILD THAT REMAINS: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West

David Gessner
Norton
ISBN 978-0393089998
354 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Andrew Martin

If you mention Wallace Stegner or Edward Abbey to a reader in the Western United States - Utah, say, or Montana - you're likely to hear a ...Read more

BUILDING THE H BOMB: A Personal History

Kenneth W. Ford
World Scientific
ISBN 978-9814618793
221 pages
$24

Reviewed by Richard Rhodes

In 1945, after the German defeat, the American armies in Europe dropped everything and shipped home. Several emillion Soviet ...Read more

THE RICHARD PEABODY READER

Edited by Lucinda Ebersole
Alan Squire
ISBN 978-0984832989
435 pages
$24.95

Reviewed by Michael Lindgren

"His skin was pale, his hair was dark and all over the place, and he was wearing Doc Martens. He was just the ...Read more

THE SILVER SWAN

Elena Delbanco
Other
ISBN 978-1590517161
232 pages
$16.95

Reviewed by Eugenia Zukerman

"The Silver Swan," Elena Delbanco's first novel, is an enthralling tale about music and the passions it inspires. At the opening, a ...Read more

BOOK BRIEF

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Reviewed by Ron Charles

Long the helpless captive of politicians, generals and financiers, the English language has endured such enhanced interrogation that it's likely to say anything at all ...Read more

HOPE: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan
Viking
ISBN 978-0525427650
321 pages
$28.95

Reviewed by EJ Graff

Many middle-class parents today look back on our free-range childhoods with amazement. Did ...Read more

THE LAW OF THE LAND: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic

Akhil Reed Amar
Basic
ISBN 978-0465065905
376 pages
$29.99

Reviewed by Stephen Wermiel

In the era of blue states and red states, it is a challenge to develop new theories about the governance of our country. In "The Law of ...Read more

Captain Comics: Curses, why can't Black Widow get her own movie?

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Let us now praise Black Widow.

I submit that the sultry super-spy, played by Scarlett Johannson in Marvel movies, deserves her own film. Four of the six founding Avengers in the movies -- Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor -- have had multiple solo films. Dr. Strange, Black Panther and even Ant-Man are scheduled to have their own Marvel ...Read more

MISLAID

Nell Zink
Ecco
ISBN 978-0062364777
242 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Ron Charles, who is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. You can follow him on Twitter @RonCharles. His email address is ron.charles@washpost.com.

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GBH

Ted Lewis
SoHo Crime
ISBN 978-1616955502
323? pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books for The Washington Post on Thursdays.

Never before available in the United States, "GBH," set in mid-1970s Britain and ...Read more

THE FOLDED CLOCK: A Diary

Heidi Julavits
Doubleday
ISBN 978-0385538985
320 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Joanna Scutts, who is a freelance writer and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Like many bookish children, Heidi Julavits kept a ...Read more

THE BONE TREE

Greg Iles
William Morrow
ISBN 978-0062311115
806 pages
$27.99

Reviewed by Bill Sheehan, who is the author of "At the Foot of the Story Tree: An Inquiry into the Fiction of Peter Straub."

In 2014, Greg Iles returned to ...Read more

A GOD IN RUINS

Kate Atkinson
Little, Brown
ISBN 978-0316176538
468 pages
$28

Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan, who is the book critic for the NPR program "Fresh Air," teaches literature at Georgetown University.

At the end of her magnificent ...Read more

'A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me': David Gates' signature riffs

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"A Hand Reached down to Guide Me: Stories and a Novella" by David Gates; Alfred A. Knopf (314 pages, $25.95)

I'll be honest: I wasn't sure we'd see another book of fiction by David Gates. It's been 16 years since his last, the collection "The Wonders of the Invisible World," and even longer since his two novels, "Jernigan," a Pulitzer Prize ...Read more

'Target Tokyo' brings a well-known WWII story back to life

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"Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor" by James M. Scott; W.W. Norton (648 pages, $35)

After Pearl Harbor and before D-Day and the Bomb, there was the Doolittle raid on Tokyo.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hoping to rally the American public for what he knew would be a long war, had ordered a swift ...Read more