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OUR YOUNG MAN

Edmund White
Bloomsbury
ISBN 978-1620409961
282 pages
$26

Reviewed by Richard McCann

Most commonly if somewhat arguably known as "America's preeminent gay writer," Edmund White has also become one of America's preeminent ...Read more

BLOODSPORT: When Ruthless Dealmakers, Shrewd Ideologues, and Brawling Lawyers Toppled the Corporate Establishment

Robert Teitelman
PublicAffairs
ISBN 978-1610394130
412 pages
$28.99

Reviewed by Jesse Eisinger

The corporate merger business is on a tear: Last year, the industry reported a record $4.7 billion in announced deals worldwide,...Read more

ROMANCE

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Reviewed by Sarah MacLean

Sometimes the most rewarding romance is the kind that throws the most mundane life into beautiful chaos. This month's column features three romance novels about people ...Read more

POETRY

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Lund

"Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems" (Copper Canyon, $23) brings together 21 previously unpublished works by the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. The book also ...Read more

MISSING MAN: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran

Barry Meier
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN 978-0374210458
273 pages
$27

Reviewed by Valerie Plame

In a world of seemingly random massacres in Paris, Brussels and San Bernardino, Calif.; Islamic State beheadings; and an ...Read more

ALTER EGOS: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power

Mark Landler
Random House
ISBN 978-0812998856
406 pages
$28

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

There is something about the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that fascinates Washington journalists - and then ...Read more

CAPTURE: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering

David A Kessler
Harper Wave
ISBN 978-0062388513
406 pages
$27.99

Reviewed by Sally Satel

What made the acclaimed American writer David Foster Wallace doubt his talent so profoundly - and, ultimately, take his own life? Why ...Read more

MOST BLESSED OF THE PATRIARCHS: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S Onuf
Liveright
ISBN 978-0871404428
370 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by David O. Stewart

Since Fawn Brodie's tell-all (or tell-much) biography of Thomas Jefferson in 1974, the Master of Monticello ...Read more

GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth
Scribner
ISBN 978-1501111105
333 pages
$28

Reviewed by Sarah Carr

From classrooms to boardrooms, playing fields to parenting blogs, "grit" is the buzzword of the moment. Success, the theory goes, has as ...Read more

ORSON WELLES: Volume 3: One-Man Band

Simon Callow
Viking
ISBN 978-0670024919
466 pages
$40

Reviewed by Charles Matthews

For would-be biographers, Orson Welles is the colossus on the horizon that grows larger - and more incomprehensible - the nearer you ...Read more

THE SMARTEST PLACES ON EARTH: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation

Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker
PublicAffairs
ISBN 978-1610394352
308 pages
$25.99

Reviewed by Alan M. Webber

One question haunts most cities, states, regions and entire countries: How can we become more competitive?...Read more

ELIGIBLE: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Curtis Sittenfeld
Random House
ISBN 978-1400068326
512 pages
$28

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

If you're concerned about zombies - ...Read more

MAESTRA

L S Hilton
Putnam
ISBN 978-0399184260
320 pages
$27

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

L.S. Hilton's "Maestra" will be one of this year's most talked-about ...Read more

FARNWORTH'S CLASSICAL ENGLISH METAPHOR

Ward Farnsworth
Godine
ISBN 978-1567925487
243 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews each Thursday in The Washington Post Style and is the author, most recently, of "Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and ...Read more

NO DREAM IS TOO HIGH: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon

Buzz Aldrin with Ken Abraham
National Geographic
ISBN 978-1426216497
222 pages
$22

Reviewed by Reeve Lindbergh, who has written a number of books for children and adults, including "Forward From Here: Leaving Middle Age and Other ...Read more

AMERICAN CHARACTER: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good

Colin Woodard
Viking
ISBN 978-0525427896
308 pages
$29

Reviewed by David M. Oshinsky

Five years ago, Colin Woodard caused a stir with his book "American Nations," a fascinating, if quirky, account of the different regional ...Read more

DAREDEVILS

Shawn Vestal
Penguin
ISBN 978-1101979891
320 pages
$27

Reviewed by Jon Michaud

Near the start of Shawn Vestal's elegant debut novel, "Daredevils," Jason, a teenager raised in a Mormon family, sets off for church with his ...Read more

MOTHERING SUNDAY: A Romance

Graham Swift
Knopf
ISBN 978-1101947524
177 pages
$22.95

Reviewed by Ron Charles

Graham Swift's "Mothering Sunday" seems at first like a grab for some "Downton Abbey" love, but it's really a demonstration of what this Booker...Read more

SCI-FI

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Reviewed by Nancy Hightower

Following the success of "NOS4A2" (2013) and "Heart-Shaped Box" (2007) Joe Hill returns with "The Fireman" (Morrow, $28.99), a splendid, fast-paced apocalyptic tale - ...Read more

MILLER'S VALLEY

Anna Quindlen
Random House
ISBN 978-0812996081
257 pages
$28

Reviewed by Bethanne Patrick

Mimi Miller, the narrator and protagonist of Anna Quindlen's stunning new novel, "Miller's Valley," knows her mother is someone ...Read more

 

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