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THE EXCHANGE OF PRINCESSES

Chantal Thomas. Translated from the French by John Cullen
Other
ISBN 978-1590517024
352 pages
$16.95

Reviewed by Diana Gabaldon, who is the author of the Outlander novels, which are the basis for the TV series on the Starz network....Read more

THE TALE OF GENJI

Murasaki Shikibu. Translated from Japanese by Dennis Washburn
Norton
ISBN 978-0393047875
1,320 pages
$49.95

Reviewed by Steven Moore, who is the author of "The Novel: An Alternative History."

There is no question that "The ...Read more

BLACK-EYED SUSANS

Julia Heaberlin
Ballantine
ISBN 978-0-8041-7799-3
354 pages
$26

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

It's 1995. Tessie Cartwright, 16, healthy, ...Read more

THE FALL OF PRINCES

Robert Goolrick
Algonquin
ISBN 978-1616204204
296 pages
$25.95

Reviewed by Stephen Amidon, whose new novel, "The Real Justine," has just been published.

Rooney, the narrator of Robert Goolrick's elegiac third novel, is a ...Read more

PURITY

Jonathan Franzen
Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374239213
563 pages
$28

Reviewed by Ron Charles, who is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. You can follow him on Twitter: @RonCharles.

"It sucks to be well-known,...Read more

HAINTS STAY

Colin Winnette
Two Dollar Radio
ISBN 978-1937512323
212 pages
$16

Reviewed by Jon Clinch

"Haints Stay" is an ugly little book, which seems to be precisely what Colin Winnette had in mind. In that sense, if no other, we must...Read more

An 'assemblage' to hear Juan Felipe Herrera

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Lund

"Notes on the Assemblage" (City Lights; paperback, $14.95) provides a splendid introduction to the expansive work of Juan Felipe Herrera, the nation's new poet laureate,...Read more

THE VIENNA MELODY

Ernst Lothar. Translated from German by Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood
Europa
ISBN 978-1609452728
594 pages
$18

Reviewed by Dennis Drabelle

Ernst Lothar, who fled Austria and settled in California after the 1938 Anschluss, was ...Read more

THE BIOLOGY OF DESIRE: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease

Marc Lewis
PublicAffairs
ISBN 978-1610394376
238 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak

In 1956, the American Medical Association absolved alcoholism from the charge of being a moral failing or a destructive bad ...Read more

GAY DIRECTORS, GAY FILMS?: Pedro Almodovar, Terence Davies, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, John Waters

Emanuel Levy
Columbia University Press
ISBN 978-0231152761
378 pages
$35

Reviewed by Ryan Little

Don't let the question mark fool you: "Gay Directors, Gay Films?" is definitely about gay cinema. It's a thorough examination ...Read more

STREET POISON: The Biography of Iceberg Slim

Justin Gifford
Doubleday
ISBN 978-0385538343
265 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Adam Bradley

Justin Gifford begins "Street Poison" with a curious admission: that his subject, Robert Beck, the infamous pimp-turned-best-selling ...Read more

BILLION-DOLLAR BALL: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football

Gilbert M. Gaul
Viking
ISBN 978-0670016730
249 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

On the evening of Sept. 5, I will consume more beer than is recommended. I will dance a jig on a thin wooden bench. I will hug strangers,...Read more

CONTRABAND: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century

Andrew Wender Cohen
Norton
ISBN 978-0393065336
402 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Daniel Stashower

It seems that John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, ...Read more

BOOK BRIEF

Ron Charles
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The best way to experience the Library of Congress National Book Festival is to come to the Washington Convention Center on Sept. 5 and see the 175 authors in person. But ...Read more

BRUSH BACK

Sara Paretsky
G. P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN 978-0399160578
480 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan, who is the book critic for the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air" and the author of "So We Read On: How 'The Great Gatsby' ...Read more

FORTUNE SMILES

Adam Johnson
Random House
ISBN 978-0812997477
304 pages
$27

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

ESSAY ON UNDATED MANUSCRIPT BY F. SCOTT FIZTGERALD

Ron Charles, the editor of The Washington Post's Book World Follow Charles On Twitter: @RonCharles
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Reviewed by Ron Charles

F. Scott Fitzgerald wanted to write more novels, but the easy money from ...Read more

THE STATE WE'RE IN: Maine Stories

Ann Beattie
Scribner
ISBN 978-1501107818
206 pages
$25

Reviewed by Howard Norman, who most recent novel is "Next Life Might Be Kinder."

"What Magical Realism Would Be," the first story in Ann Beattie's splendid new ...Read more

THE REDEEMERS

Ace Atkins
Putnam
ISBN 978-0399173943
370 pages
$26.95

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

"The Redeemers" is the fifth novel in Ace Atkins' ...Read more

ROMANCE: Fulfilling the promise of happily ever after

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Reviewed by Sarah MacLean

Those who don't read romance often have trouble understanding just what a romance novel is, and why readers of the genre are so devoted to it. Although many romantic ...Read more

 

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