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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

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Reviewed by Nancy Hightower

China Mieville expertly mixes science fiction, fantasy and surrealism in his latest short story collection,"Three Moments of an Explosion" (Del Rey, $27). For Mieville,...Read more

THE GENERAL IN THE GARDEN: George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon

Edited by Susan P Schoelwer
Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
ISBN 978-0931917486
190 pages
$39.95

Reviewed by Dennis Drabelle

According to Andrea Wulf in her foreword to this richly illustrated book of essays, George ...Read more

SONIC WIND: The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth

Craig Ryan
Liveright
ISBN 978-0871406774
411 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Emily Anthes

Shortly after noon on Dec. 10, 1954, the sun finally broke through the clouds at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and the countdown ...Read more

DREAMS TO REMEMBER: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul

Mark Ribowsky
W.W. Norton
ISBN 978-0871408730
365 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Dave Shiflett

Otis Redding's burst of fame was short but eventful. He shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and drew the Beatles and ...Read more

SECONDHAND SOULS

Christopher Moore
William Morrow
ISBN 978-0061779787
335 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by John Wilwol

"Have fun with writing," Christopher Moore once said. "Be as silly and as off the wall as you want to be." Great advice - writing...Read more

LOSING THE SIGNAL: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry

Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff
Flatiron
ISBN 978-1250060174
279 pages
$27.99

Reviewed by Hank H. Cox

I was a perfectly content Washington, D.C., flack until one day someone thrust a BlackBerry into my hand. I soon became ...Read more

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS: Gibbs, the Diesel, the Hogs, and the Glory Days of D.C.'s Football Dynasty

Adam Lazarus
Morrow
ISBN 978-0062375735
367 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by John Taylor

As another NFL season approaches and the buzz around this region's most important professional sports franchise hits its late-summer fever ...Read more

SISTERS IN LAW: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World

Linda Hirshman
Harper
ISBN 978-0062238467
390 pages
$28.99

Reviewed by Cary Franklin

When the Supreme Court held in June that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the moment must have been doubly sweet for...Read more

KISSINGER'S SHADOW: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman

Greg Grandin
Metropolitan
ISBN 978-1627794497
270 pages
$28

Reviewed by Evan Thomas

Henry Kissinger has not held high government office since 1977, almost 40 years ago. True, he accomplished a great deal during his eight ...Read more

THE LAST LOVE SONG: A Biography of Joan Didion

Tracy Daugherty
St. Martin's
ISBN 978-1250010025
728 pages
$35

Reviewed by Josh Roiland

On a June afternoon in 1982, Joan Didion strolled through San Salvador's Metrocenter Mall in search of water-purification tablets. The ...Read more

EVERYBODY RISE

Stephanie Clifford
St. Martin's
ISBN 978-1250077172
376 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Bethanne Patrick

Little is more delicious than watching an ambitious but tragically flawed protagonist brought down - especially in a designer...Read more

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

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