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ROMANCE

Reviewed by Sarah MacLean

A chance at true love doesn't come around every day, and getting another shot is about as rare as a unicorn. That's what makes second-chance love stories so alluring. This month, three books in which true love comes after a second take.

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THE RETURN: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

Hisham Matar
Random House
ISBN 978-0812994827
243 pages
$26

Reviewed by Tara Bahrampour

The standard-issue prison memoir has a predictable arc: the protagonist is detained, incarcerated, and then freed to reflect on the ...Read more

DEAR DATA

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec
Princeton Architectural
ISBN 978-1616895327
288 pages
$35

Reviewed by David Silverberg

How many times do you check your phone weekly? Or say hello to strangers? How do you spend your time ...Read more

THE OBAMA NATION: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality

THE OBAMA NATION: Leftist Politics and the Cult of PersonalityJerome R. Corsi
Pocket Star Books
ISBN 978-1416598060
453 pages
$28.99

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and CroniesMichelle...Read more

THE HERO'S BODY

William Giraldi
Liveright
ISBN 978-0871406668
265 pages
$25.95

Reviewed by Michael Lindgren

William Giraldi's memoir, "The Hero's Body," offers a brilliant anthropological excursion into a world few of us will ever ...Read more

PATIENT H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

Luke Dittrich
Random House
ISBN 978-0812992731
440 pages
$28

Reviewed by Amy Ellis Nutt

Before iPhones and thumb drives, before Google docs and gigabytes of RAM, memory was more art than artifact. It wasn't a tool or a ...Read more

THE FALL OF HEAVEN: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran

Andrew Scott Cooper
Henry Holt
ISBN 978-0805098976
587 pages
$36

Reviewed by Nazila Fathi

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, known as the shah, has always been portrayed as both ruthless and craven - the last emperor of Iran who fled ...Read more

AND AFTER THE FIRE

Lauren Belfer
Harper
ISBN 978-0062428516
438 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Anne Midgette

What if a lost Bach cantata were found that had a text so anti-Semitic that it was not appropriate for performance?

This is a great...Read more

THE HUNTRESS: The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist, Publisher

Alice Arlen and Michael J. Arlen
Pantheon
ISBN 978-1101871133
355 pages
$28.95

Reviewed by Maura Casey

Alicia Patterson is arguably among the least-known of the handful of female newspaper publishers and editors during the ...Read more

SEOUL MAN: A Memoir of Cars, Culture, Crisis, and Unexpected Hilarity Inside a Korean Corporate Titan

Frank Ahrens
Harper Business
ISBN 978-0062405241
336 pages
$27.99

Reviewed by Joe Studwell

After 18 years at The Washington Post, Frank Ahrens crossed the Rubicon and became a public relations executive for Hyundai Motor ...Read more

THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO

Amy Schumer
Gallery
ISBN 978-1501139888
336 pages
$28

Reviewed by Emily Yahr, who writes about pop culture for The Washington Post.

Amy Schumer may be an Emmy winning star who sells out arenas on her stand-up tour, but she ...Read more

THE GLORIOUS HERESIES

Lisa McInerney
Tim Duggan
ISBN 978-0804189064
389 pages
$27

Reviewed by Jon Michaud, who is a writer in New York.

The Celtic Tiger, Ireland's turn-of-the century decade of rapid economic growth and prosperity, may have come...Read more

THE BOOK THAT MATTERS MOST

Ann Hood
W.W. Norton
ISBN 978-0393241655
358 pages
$25.95

Reviewed by Wendy Smith, who is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."

Book groups have been a popular plot device in commercial ...Read more

THE DEADLY DOWAGER

Edwin Greenwood
Valancourt Books
ISBN 978-1943910380
233 pages
$19

Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books on Thursdays in The Washington Post Style section.

Back in my bright college days, I took a course in 17th-...Read more

THE ENGLISH TEACHER

Yiftach Reicher Atir. Translated by Philip Simpson.
Penguin
ISBN 978-0143129189
260 pages
$16

Reviewed by Richard Lipez, who writes the Don Strachey PI novels under the name Richard Stevenson.

"The English Teacher" is the ...Read more

THE PLURALITY OF IMAGINARY WORLDS

Brian Stableford
Black Coat
ISBN 978-1612275031
672 pages
$49.95

Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books on Thursdays in The Washington Post Style section.

For 25 years and counting, Gary K. Wolfe has been the ...Read more

LOSING IT

Emma Rathbone
Riverhead
ISBN 978-1594634772
272 pages
$26

Reviewed by Jennifer Miller, who is the author of two novels, "The Year of the Gadfly" and "The Heart You Carry Home."

Julia Greenfield is treading water. She's a ...Read more

RIVERINE

Angela Palm
Graywolf
ISBN 978-1555977467
253 pages
$16

Reviewed by Michele Filgate, who?is a freelance writer and contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. She lives in Brooklyn.

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RISE THE DARK

Michael Koryta
Little, Brown
ISBN 978-0316293839
400 pages
$26

Reviewed by Patrick Anderson, who Anderson?regularly reviews mysteries and thrillers for The Washington Post.

In Michael Koryta's exciting "Rise the Dark," ...Read more

TO THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD

Eowyn Ivey
Little, Brown
ISBN 978-0316242851
417 pages
$26

Reviewed by Chris Bohjalian, who is the author of 19 books. His most recent novel is "The Guest Room."

I'm going to come clean right away: I'm addicted to Arctic ...Read more

 
 

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