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NEUROLOGIC: The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior

Eliezer J Sternberg
Pantheon
ISBN 978-0307908773
298 pages

Reviewed by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak

Somewhere, Sigmund Freud must be smiling.

Not the misogynist, sex-crazed, dream-interpreting Freud of so many parodies and ...Read more

ROMANCE

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Reviewed by Sarah MacLean

Romance novels are, by definition, about relationships. After all, without two people finding love and happiness, where is the romance? But in the best of the genre, ...Read more

CURE: A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body

Jo Marchant
Crown
ISBN 978-0385348157
300 pages
$26

Reviewed by Sally Satel

In "Cure," Jo Marchant, a British biologist turned science writer, sets out to show that states of consciousness such as hope, fear, stress and ...Read more

THE CABARET OF PLANTS: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and Human Imagination

Richard Mabey
Norton
ISBN 978-0393239973
374 pages
$29.95

Reviewed by Amy Stewart

Do plants have agendas of their own? Do they act with agency, as animals and humans do, or are they passive bystanders? If our planet is a ...Read more

FOX TOSSING: And Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes, and Games

Edward Brooke-Hitching
Touchstone
ISBN 978 1501115141
264 pages
$24

Reviewed by James Hill

Centuries from now, archaeologists are likely to uncover video of American professional football circa 2016 and be appalled by the ...Read more

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: A Memoir

Joel Grey
Flatiron
ISBN 978-1250057235
246 pages
$27.99

Reviewed by Louis Bayard

One night, during an early-1950s tour stop in St. Louis, the young Joel Grey went to see a well-known comic. "The hottest thing in town," ...Read more

DEMOCRACY IN BLACK: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

Eddie S Glaude Jr
Crown
ISBN 978-0804137416
274 pages
$26

Reviewed by Pamela Newkirk

Black America was celebrating Barack Obama's historic 2008 election when the economic recession hit. By 2011 black America had lost 53 ...Read more

DAVID'S SLING: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art

Victoria C Gardner Coates
Encounter
ISBN 978-1594037214
310 pages
$27.99

Reviewed by Carlos Lozada

There are two ways to read Victoria C. Gardner Coates' book "David's Sling."

One is as the work of an art historian ...Read more

THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

Alexander Chee
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 978-0618663026
561 pages
$28

Reviewed by Wendy Smith

"The Queen of the Night," Alexander Chee's second novel - after his well-received "Edinburgh" - is an overstuffed picaresque...Read more

THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND

Katarina Bivald and Translated from the Swedish by Alice Menzies
Sourcebooks
ISBN 978-1492623441
394 pages
$16.99

Reviewed by Bethanne Patrick

A set of warmhearted but practical Midwesterners welcomes a newcomer from ...Read more

UNITED STATES OF JIHAD: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists

Peter Bergen
Crown
ISBN 978-0804139540
387 pages
$28

Reviewed by Mary Louise Kelly

Confession: I burst out laughing when I read the JACKET COPY of Peter Bergen's new book. Not because of the title - "United States of Jihad:...Read more

THOMAS MURPHY

Roger Rosenblatt
Ecco
ISBN 978-0062394569
210 pages
$24.99

Reviewed by Frances Itani, who is the author of 16 books, most recently the novel "Tell."

Murph, the protagonist of Roger Rosenblatt's new novel, has a voice that ...Read more

WINTER

Christopher Nicholson
Europa
ISBN 978-1609452957
269 pages
$17

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

THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL

Yann Martel
Spiegel and Grau
ISBN 978-0812997170
332 pages
$27

Reviewed by Ron Charles, who is the editor of The Washington Post Book World. You can follow him @RonCharles. He can be reached at ron.charles@washpost.com.

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WHERE IT HURTS

Reed Farrel Coleman
G P Putnam's Sons
ISBN 978-0399173035
368 pages
$26.95

Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan, who teaches literature at Georgetown University, is book critic for the NPR program "Fresh Air."

There's the thrill ...Read more

THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE

Melanie Benjamin
Delacorte
ISBN 978-0345528698
341 pages
$28

Reviewed by Caroline Preston, who latest novel is "The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt."

For those of us who are women of a certain age and have subscriptions to ...Read more

FOR YOUNG READERS

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Learn ABC's while exploring the Andes

Lulu Delacre's "Olinguito, de la A a la Z! /Olinguito A to Z" (Lee & Low, $18.95; ages 3-10) is a poetic, bilingual alphabet book ...Read more

GIRL THROUGH GLASS

Sari Wilson
Harper
ISBN 978-0062326270
289 pages
$25.99

Reviewed by Rebecca Ritzel

When New York City Ballet principal dancer Darci Kistler retired six years ago, the final bows she took on a rose-covered stage marked the ...Read more

THE HORSE: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion

Wendy Williams
Scientific American_FSG
ISBN 978-0374224400
304 pages
$26

Reviewed by Megan McDonough

Since the dawn of civilization, people have been fascinated with wild horses. Our prehistoric cave paintings and stone ...Read more

PICTURING FREDERICK DOUGLASS: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd and Celeste-Marie Bernier
Liveright
ISBN 978-0871404688
288 pages
$49.95

Reviewed by Elizabeth R. Varon

Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland in 1838, then forged a storied career as ...Read more

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