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STALIN'S DAUGHTER: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

Rosemary Sullivan
Harper
ISBN 978-0062206107
741 pages
$35

Reviewed by Gerard DeGroot

Svetlana Alliluyeva, Joseph Stalin's daughter, was seldom alone but always lonely. Her life was crowded with people intending to ...Read more

A FIELD GUIDE TO AWKWARD SILENCES

Alexandra Petri
New American Library
ISBN 978-0451469601
309 pages
$25.95

Reviewed by Jessica Grose

Usually when people tell you they had an awkward adolescence, they're exaggerating to make themselves relatable. (See: ...Read more

ALLY: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide

Michael B. Oren
Random House
ISBN 978-0812996418
412 pages
$30

Reviewed by Philip Gordon

On Jan. 21, some of my National Security Council colleagues started to ask about reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...Read more

BEST NEW MEMOIRS

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Reviewed by Nora Krug

Sarah Hepola's memoir, "Blackout" (Grand Central, $26), would make for a thought-provoking book club choice. Hepola is an enchanting storyteller who writes in a chummy voice....Read more

CAROLINA ISRAELITE: How Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights

Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett
Univ. of North Carolina
ISBN 978-1469621036
359 pages
$35

Reviewed by Robert B. Stepto

Harry Golden came to the United States in 1907 as a Jewish immigrant boy from what is now Ukraine. He was ...Read more

AUDREY AND BILL: A Romantic Biography of Audrey Hepburn & William Holden

Edward Z. Epstein
Running Press
ISBN 978-0762455973
240 pages
$25

Reviewed by Chris Klimek

The cover of "Audrey and Bill" helpfully clarifies that it's "A Romantic Biography of Audrey Hepburn & William Holden." The two ...Read more

BELA BARTOK

David Cooper
Yale University
ISBN 978-0300148770
436 pages
$40

Reviewed by Sudip Bose

In 1920, shortly after the end of World War I and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the borders of the Kingdom of Hungary ...Read more

THE DARK NET: Inside the Digital Underworld

Jamie Bartlett
Melville House
ISBN 978-1612194899
308 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Matthew Wisnioski

A league of trolls, anarchists, perverts and drug dealers is at work building a digital world beyond the Silicon Valley ...Read more

THE SELFIE VOTE: Where Millennials Are Leading America (and How Republicans Can Keep Up)

Kristen Soltis Anderson
Broadside
ISBN 978-0062343109
262 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

The only thing less original than the selfie as a form of expression is the selfie as shorthand for a generation. So I was ...Read more

THE UNFORTUNATES

Sophie McManus
Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374114503
356? pages
$26

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

THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE

Milan Kundera. Translated from the French by Linda Asher
Harper
ISBN 978-0062356895
115 pages
$23.995

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

How French this little book seems! ...Read more

GREY: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian

EL James
Vintage
ISBN 978-1784753252
557 pages
$15.95

Reviewed by Sarah MacLean, who is a romance novelist and reviews romance for The Washington Post every month.

June 18 was Christian Grey's birthday, and readers who have...Read more

BOOK OF NUMBERS

Joshua Cohen
Random House
ISBN 978-0812996913
580 pages
$28

Reviewed by Lisa Zeidner, who most recent novel is "Love Bomb." She teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University at Camden.

No one can accuse Joshua Cohen of ...Read more

LITTLE BLACK LIES

Sharon Bolton
Minotaur
ISBN 978-1250028594
365 pages
$25.99

Reviewed by Richard Lipez, who writes the Don Strachey private eye novels under the name Richard Stevenson. "Why Stop at Vengeance?" is the most recent in the series. ...Read more

HOW MUSIC GOT FREE: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy

Stephen Witt
Viking
ISBN 978-0525426615
296 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Louis Bayard

If you were casting the part of Man Who Brings Record Industry to Its Knees, Dell Glover probably wouldn't make the cut. An unskilled laborer...Read more

SCIENCE FICTION

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Reviewed by Nancy Hightower

When her suburban town is destroyed, Carolyn and 11 other children are given refuge in a library overseen by a man known as Father in Scott Hawkins' "The Library at ...Read more

SHOCKING PARIS: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse

Stanley Meisler
Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 978-1137278807
238 pages
$26

Reviewed by Wendy Smith

Although they were eventually dubbed "the School of Paris," the immigrant artists who lived in that city during the first four ...Read more

ALL IN: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses - and How We Can Fix It Together

Josh Levs
HarperOne
ISBN 978-0062349613
261 pages
$25.99

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

Josh Levs' book on the challenges of modern fatherhood is a good metaphor for its subject. It's a bit messy, overextended and too sure of ...Read more

MADAM AMBASSADOR: Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties, and Democracy in Budapest

Eleni Kounalakis
New Press
ISBN 978-1620971116
290 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Colin Woodard

In the winter of 2011, divers working on Budapest's Margaret Bridge discovered the bullet-scarred skeletal remains of at least 20 ...Read more

THE COST OF COURAGE

Charles Kaiser
Other Press
ISBN 978-1590516140
278 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Jonathan Kirsch

For a whole generation of French men and women, one besetting question has been: What did you do during the war? Some of them ...Read more

 

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