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STEEL: From Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America

Brooke C. Stoddard
Zenith
ISBN 978-0760347423
304 pages
$35

Reviewed by Michael Dirda

When romantic poets speak of the sublime, they are usually thinking of Mont Blanc or the Simplon Passor other awe-inspiring natural ...Read more

THE TALE OF GENJI

Murasaki Shikibu. Translated from the Japanese by Dennis Washburn
Norton
ISBN 0393047873
1,320 pages
$49.95

Reviewed by Steven Moore

There is no question that "The Tale of Genji" is a world-class masterpiece of fiction. ...Read more

LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS

Lori Roy
Dutton
ISBN 978-0525955078
327 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan, book critic for the NPR program "Fresh Air," is the author of "So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures," now out in ...Read more

SHAKESPEARE AND THE COUNTESS: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe

Chris Laoutaris
Pegasus
ISBN 978-1605987927
503 pages
$29.95

Reviewed by Gary Taylor, a professor of English at Florida State University and general editor of "The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works" for Oxford University Press...Read more

CROOKED

Austin Grossman
Mulholland
ISBN 978-0316198516
355 pages
$26

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

Sorry, Woodward and Bernstein. You were...Read more

DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties

Elijah Wald
Dey Street Books
ISBN 978-0062366689
354 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by David Kirby

Ever heard a band so loud that it snapped your head back and made you wonder if your ears were bleeding? Then you know how the ...Read more

NAGASAKI: Life After Nuclear War

Susan Southard
Viking
ISBN 978-0670025626
389 pages
$28.95

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

Just before a five-ton plutonium bomb detonated one-third of a mile above the city, unleashing a fireball exceeding 540,000 degrees and ...Read more

SCIENCE FICTION

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Reviewed by Nancy Hightower

A witty new 'Doctor Who' to please longtime fans and make new ones

Doctor Who is back. In "Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse" (Broadway; paperback $9.99), an ...Read more

THE REBEL OF RANGOON: A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma

Delphine Schrank
Nation
ISBN 978-1568584980
312 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Wendy Law-Yone

The jury is still out on whether the government of Burma, aka Myanmar, is indeed in transition from military dictatorship to democracy,...Read more

THE DORITO EFFECT: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor

Mark Schatzker
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 1476724210
259 pages
$27

Reviewed by James Hill

What's cooking? This was not a terribly difficult question for our grandparents or great-grandparents to answer. Yet somewhere along the ...Read more

WE COULD NOT FAIL: The First African Americans in the Space Program

Richard Paul and Steven Moss
Univ. of Texas
ISBN 978-0292772496
300 pages
$30

Reviewed by Julianne Malveaux

On April 12, 1961, Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space. The timing was significant...Read more

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK

Anna North
Blue Rider
ISBN 978-0399173394
270 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Nicole Lee

Not long after the film "Blue is the Warmest Color" won the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2013, the leading actresses came forward with...Read more

FASTEST THINGS ON WINGS: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood

Terry Masear
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 978-0544416031
306 pages
$25

Reviewed by Brenna Maloney

You don't have to be a bird person in general or a hummingbird person specifically to read this book. You don't need to ...Read more

GIRL IN GLASS: How My 'Distressed Baby' Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles

Deanna Fei
Bloomsbury
ISBN 978-1620409916
314 pages
$26

Reviewed by Nora Krug

You may not immediately recognize the name Deanna Fei, but you'll probably remember the offensive moniker attached to her now 2-year-old daughter...Read more

THE ART OF THE CON: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World

Anthony M. Amore
Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 978-1137279873
264 pages
$26

Reviewed by Wendy Smith

Anthony M. Amore's savvy and informative book conveys a number of cautions about buying art that seem exceedingly self-evident. ...Read more

THE DISCREET HERO

Mario Vargas Llosa. Translated from Spanish by Edith Grossman
Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374146740
326 pages
$26

Reviewed by Marcela Valdes, an award-winning journalist who writes about Latin American culture and arts.

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SWERVE

Vicki Pettersson
Gallery
ISBN 978-1476798578
338 pages
$25.99

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

Why do we spend good money to read horror ...Read more

CROW FAIR

CROW FAIRThomas McGuane
Knopf
ISBN 978-0385350198
288 pages
$25.95

THE WATER MUSEUMLuis A
Urrea
ISBN 978-0316334372
272 pages
$25

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THE GODS OF TANGO

Carolina De Robertis
Knopf
ISBN 978-1101874493
367 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Marie Arana, who is a former editor of The Washington Post's Book World; her books include the novel "Lima Nights" and the biography "Bolivar: American ...Read more

THE DECAGON HOUSE MURDERS

Yukito Ayatsuji
Locked Room International
ISBN 978-1508503736
228 pages
$19.99

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

Yukito Ayatsuji's "The Decagon House Murders" is a terrific ...Read more

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