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SHRILL: Notes from a Loud Woman

Lindy West
Hachette
ISBN 978-0316348409
260 pages
$26

Reviewed by Libby Copeland

Lindy West's new book, "Shrill," will be pilloried in certain corners for carrying an agenda. The guys who call themselves men's rights ...Read more

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO STAR WARS

Cass R Sunstein
Dey St
ISBN 978-0062484222
256 pages
$21.99

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

Cass Sunstein has become the Derek Zoolander of American public intellectuals.

Much as Ben Stiller's dim supermodel in the 2001 ...Read more

THE DARK LADY'S MASK

Mary Sharratt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 978-0544300767
398 pages
$26

Reviewed by Bethanne Patrick

Mary Sharratt's new novel "The Dark Lady's Mask" involves a William Shakespeare who is a bit weedy, down-at-heel and ...Read more

FOR TEENS

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Reviewed by Mary Quattlebaum

More than 2 million teens wrestle with depression in the United States; suicide is the second-leading cause of death worldwide for ages 15 to 29.

Of course ...Read more

UNFORBIDDEN PLEASURES

Adam Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN 978-0374278021
198 pages
$25

Reviewed by Michael S. Roth

Few modern thinkers claim to know what's best for everyone, but many weigh in on what's strictly forbidden. Sigmund Freud...Read more

FOR THE GLORY: Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr

Duncan Hamilton
Penguin Press
ISBN 978-1594206207
388 pages
$28

Reviewed by Steven V. Roberts

Eric Liddell was a Scottish runner and committed Christian who refused to compete on Sundays. His faith kept him out of three ...Read more

THE UNDERDOGS: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love

THE UNDERDOGS: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional LoveMelissa Fay Greene
Ecco
ISBN 978-0062218513
344 pages
$27.99

THE DOG MERCHANTS: Inside the Big Business of Breeders, Pet Stores, and RescuersKim Kavin<...Read more

ROGUE JUSTICE: The Making of the Security State

Karen J Greenberg
Crown
ISBN 978-0804138215
310 pages
$28

Reviewed by Deborah Pearlstein

Karen Greenberg's new book, "Rogue Justice," takes on a challenging task: adding new insight to our understanding of the long-running ...Read more

HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ

Ted Gioia
Basic
ISBN 978-0465060894
253 pages
$24.99

Reviewed by Matt Schudel

"I am the world's greatest listener," Duke Ellington wrote in his autobiography, "Music Is My Mistress." It was far from an idle boast, because ...Read more

THE AFTER PARTY

Anton DiSclafani
Riverhead
ISBN 978-1594633164
369 pages
$26

Reviewed by Bethanne Patrick

In this saga of upper-class secrets, Anton DiSclafani once again explores female desire that threatens the status quo. But instead of...Read more

ALIBABA: The House That Jack Ma Built

Duncan Clark
Ecco
ISBN 978-0062413406
287 pages
$27.99

Reviewed by Fred Vogelstein

If you don't know anything about business in China, and you have never heard of Jack Ma, you will learn something from "Alibaba" by Duncan ...Read more

THE HONEYMOON

Dinitia Smith
Other
ISBN 978-1590517789
415 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Anne Boyd Rioux, who is a professor at the University of New Orleans and the author of "Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist."

In her ...Read more

THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER

Herta Muller and Translated from the German by Philip Boehm
Metropolitan
ISBN 978-0805093025
237 pages
$28

Reviewed by Linda Kinstler, who is a Marshall Scholar at the University of Cambridge and a contributing writer at Politico ...Read more

REDEMPTION ROAD

John Hart
Thomas Dunne_St Martin's
ISBN 978-0312380366
417 pages
$27.99

Reviewed by Dennis Drabelle, who is a former mysteries editor of The Washington Post Book World. He lives in Asheville, N.C.

The numbers are in. The ...Read more

HEAT & LIGHT

Jennifer Haigh
Ecco
ISBN 978-0061763298
430 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Jon Michaud, who is a novelist and the head librarian at the Center for Fiction.

Few subjects in contemporary American life would seem riper for a big ...Read more

PLOTS

Robert L Belknap
Columbia
ISBN 978-0231177825
151 pages
$30

Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews each Thursday in The Washington Post Style and is the author, most recently, of "Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and ...Read more

Captain Comics: 'DC Universe: Rebirth,' fixes some 'Flashpoint' problems

Books / Comic Books /

The brain trust at DC Comics thinks some things are missing from their superhero comics. With "DC Universe: Rebirth" ($2.99, out May 25), they have gone metatextual to bring them back.

To explain: DC has a history of rebooting its superhero books, going back to 1986-87 and "Crisis on Infinite Earths." That 12-issue maxiseries re-started most of...Read more

Summer preview: Hot new books will transport readers

Books / Books News /

Traveling with a new book is wonderful. But traveling through a book provides passage over time and space (and it's easier on the budget and gas tank).

This summer's titles will take readers to 18th century Canada, 19th century Africa or 100 years in the future, when survivors of an apocalypse try to build a new civilization.

In Annie Proulx's...Read more

'Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War': The worldwide war of keystrokes

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"Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War" by Fred Kaplan; Simon & Schuster (352 pages, $28)

You've heard the complaining, from the White House on down, about the cyberattacks on our country. Well, yes, you guessed it: We started it.

That's one of the central thrusts of Fred Kaplan's "Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War." ...Read more

'Welcome Thieves': young, lost and flirting with destruction

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"Welcome Thieves" by Sean Beaudoin; Algonquin (304 pages, $15.95)

"Comedy Hour," one of the 12 short stories in Seattle author Sean Beaudoin's story collection "Welcome Thieves," begins with this confession by the narrator:

"I am the point guard, best player, and team captain.

"Which means we suck."

That opener gives a taste of what readers ...Read more