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Shockers and hilarity in this game of thrones

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Reviewed by Nancy Hightower

The epic fantasy genre gets a double treat this month, starting with "A Crown for Cold Silver" (Orbit, $26), by Alex Marshall. When an obscure village is massacred ...Read more

HISSING COUSINS: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
ISBN 978-0385536011
332 pages
$28.95

Reviewed by Thomas Mallon

Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, each born in 1884, were biological first cousins but "...Read more

GOLDENEYE: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica

Matthew Parker
Pegasus
ISBN 978-1605986869
388 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Joanna Scutts

Long before Goldeneye was a James Bond movie, it was a sparse modern house perched above a private beach in Oracabessa Bay on Jamaica's ...Read more

BIBLIOTECH: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

John Palfrey
Basic
ISBN 978-0465042999
280 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and ...Read more

BETWEEN YOU & ME: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Mary Norris
Norton
ISBN 978-0393240184
228 pages
$24.95

Reviewed by Allan Fallow

The secret is out, grammar is fun.

That statement is true but wrong. It glorifies the "comma splice" - suturing two sentences with a ...Read more

THE JAZZ PALACE

Mary Morris
Nan A. Talese
ISBN 978-0385539739
245 pages
$25.95

Reviewed by John Domini

A fine novel allows you to hear its throbbing heart:

"In his solo he soared. He flew above the city, hovering on his dark wings....Read more

MEMOIRS

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Reviewed by Mark Athitakis

This month marks the arrival in English of the fourth volume of "My Struggle," an autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard that's made the author a celebrity in his...Read more

THE REAL THING: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter's Notebook

Ellen McCarthy
Ballantine
ISBN 978-0345549693
263 pages
$26

Reviewed by Sara Eckel

On a single day in 2009, Ellen McCarthy became the wedding reporter for The Washington Post and broke up with her boyfriend of nearly two ...Read more

MISSOULA: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Jon Krakauer
Doubleday
ISBN 978-0385538732
367 pages
$28.95

Reviewed by Caitlin Flanagan

Rarely have I greeted the news of a forthcoming book with as much excitement as I felt when I learned of Jon Krakauer's "Missoula." ...Read more

ORSON WELLES'S LAST MOVIE: The Making of 'The Other Side of the Wind'

Josh Karp
St. Martin's
ISBN 978-1250007087
336 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Dennis Drabelle

In a 1967 essay, film critic Pauline Kael recalled being on a train platform and overhearing a woman recite a litany of personal woes, ...Read more

BOOK BRIEF

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Reviewed by Ron Charles

Frank Herbert's "Dune" holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of science-fiction fans around the world.

In 1984, I took a young woman to see ...Read more

FORGIVENESS 4 YOU

Ann Bauer
Overlook
ISBN 978-1468310238
307? pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Reeve Lindbergh

What happens when the world discovers that a quiet, 42-year-old bookstore employee and former priest has the power of forgiveness? Can he ...Read more

THE KNIFE

Ross Ritchell
Blue Rider
ISBN 978-0399173400
251? pages
$25.95

Reviewed by Brian Turner, who is the author of "My Life as a Foreign Country."

On its surface, "The Knife," by former Army Ranger Ross Ritchell, is a debut ...Read more

THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE

Ann Packer
Scribner
ISBN 978-1476710457
432 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Valerie Sayers, a professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of six novels, including "The Powers."

Ann Packer's new novel, "The ...Read more

GOD HELP THE CHILD

Toni Morrison
Knopf
ISBN 978-0307594174
178 pages
$24.95

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. ...Read more

YOUNG ELIOT: From St. Louis to 'The Waste Land'

Robert Crawford
Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374279448
49380 pages
$35

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

Even now, if you were to ask readers to name the 20th century's ...Read more

KILLER, COME HITHER

Louis Begley
Nan A Talese/Doubleday
ISBN 978-0385539142
243 pages
$25.95

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

Louis Begley, the prominent New York ...Read more

SUPERPOSITION

David Walton Pyr
301 pp
ISBN 978-1633880122
301 pages
$17

Reviewed by Steven Levingston, who is the nonfiction editor of The Washington Post Book World. His email address is steven.levingston@washpost.com.

It's not the kind...Read more

THE ILLUMINATIONS

Andrew O'Hagan
Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374174569
293 pages
$26

Reviewed by Adam Kirsch, who is the author most recently of "Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas."

Most Americans' lives are totally ...Read more

A SLANT OF LIGHT

Jeffrey Lent
Bloomsbury
ISBN 978-1620404966
357 pages
$27

Reviewed by Wendy Smith, who is a contributing editor at the American Scholar and reviews books frequently for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington ...Read more

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