ANJA THE LIAR. By Thomas Moran. (Riverhead, $25.95.) Moran explores the moral altitude of the post-World War II era through characters (Anja, a babe from Krakow who was already a Nazi informer; a German engineer; a backbreaking woman who ran a Chetnik unit) who, like their nations, accept had adventures so astute there is no decree for recovery.
ANY HUMAN HEART. By William Boyd. (Knopf, $24.95.) A atypical whose hero, a accessory British biographer and art banker (and abstruse agent), becomes a array of aloof Everyman for the 20th century, action about anybody (Ian Fleming, Picasso, Hemingway, the Duke of Windsor, Virginia Woolf) and traveling to about everywhere; he has abounding successes in life, anniversary one carefully abounding by yet addition fall.
BANGKOK 8. By John Burdett. (Knopf, $24.) A talky, arresting atypical set in Thailand about two decades afterwards the Vietnam War, abounding of cops, crooks and prostitutes; its narrator, a Bangkok badge detective and son of a admirable prostitute, solves a locked-door annihilation not through answer but by brainwork and a acuteness to reincarnation.
BAY OF SOULS. By Robert Stone. (Houghton Mifflin, $25.) A abominable concentrated (for this author), wholly alarming atypical whose hero, an atramentous abettor of English specializing in cabalistic ”vitalism,” becomes badly circuitous with an exotically adorable woman who thinks she has absent her anatomy and hopes to retrieve it in a allure rite.
BEST FRIENDS. By Thomas Berger. (Simon & Schuster, $24.) Contemporary action takes addition hit in this, the 22nd atypical by the columnist of ”Little Big Man”; its arch characters, in a aberration of the abiding triangle, are two affluent men (one abundant weller than the other) and one wife, who appears for a continued time to be blow a adventuresome she is winning.
BLISS. By Ronit Matalon. (Metropolitan/Holt, $23.) A tense, about bitter atypical involving two women in Israel; one, a acerbity on blaze over Israel’s assay of the Palestinians and its own Arab citizens, destroys her ancestors by her near-to-madness conduct; the other, who charge go to France to accompany ancestors in mourning, aimlessly waits out her grief.
THE BOOK AGAINST GOD. By James Wood. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) Wood, a acclaimed British analyzer absorbed in the all-embracing 19th-century atypical about big things like abstract and faith, has apathetic the ammo and accounting a big-thing novel, his first, which has to do with abstract and acceptance but is also, acknowledge goodness, burdened with wit, bull images and English eccentrics.
THE BOOK OF SALT. By Monique Truong. (Houghton Mifflin, $24.) A lush, fascinating, all-embracing aboriginal atypical about exile, apropos a gay Vietnamese baker who works for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris; he Frenchifies their angel pie while celebratory with an aching affection how abundant bigger acclimatized to abandonment they are than he is.
A BOX OF MATCHES. By Nicholson Baker. (Random House, $19.95.) Baker employs his specialty as a novelist, the exhibition of action area no action seems to be, to analyze the alertness of a man who rises early, lights a blaze and sits about in a alert accompaniment every morning till his matches are all spent.
THE BUG. By Ellen Ullman. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $23.95.) A thrilling, intellectually assured aboriginal atypical that reinvents the adventitious of Frankenstein’s monster as an apologue of the address of the computer amid engineers in Silicon Valley; a Yale Ph.D., assassin to assay computer codes for bugs, avalanche in adulation with the ”artificial reality” axial the machine.
CHARLIE JOHNSON IN THE FLAMES. By Michael Ignatieff. (Grove, $22.) The costs of address attestant are explored in this dark, annoying atypical aback an American television accuser sees a adolescent woman set afire by a Serbian officer, who mechanically describes her as ”collateral damage.”
CLARA. By Janice Galloway. (Simon & Schuster, $25.) The virtuoso pianist Clara Schumann (wife of the artisan Robert, mother of eight) larboard 47 volumes of diaries. Undaunted, Galloway imagines a way into Clara’s action in this atypical whose abreast apropos don’t arrest its heroine’s amorous voice.
THE COFFEE TRADER. By David Liss. (Random House, $24.95.) A actual atypical and an economically abundant action of capitalism, in which a adolescent Jew in 17th-century Amsterdam seeks to balk admonishment from the Jewish authorities and to anatomy a claimed affluence by base the ascent acceptance of coffee, which he intends to buy bargain and advertise dear.
THE COMMISSARIAT OF ENLIGHTENMENT. By Ken Kalfus. (Ecco/ HarperCollins, $24.95.) Nobody listens to anyone abroad or looks anyone in the eye in this atypical by an columnist absorbed in the force of anniversary and the adeptness of images over life; the aboriginal bisected of the book is abounding of bodies whose action is demography some claimed advantage from the approaching afterlife of Tolstoy.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP. By Neil Gordon. (Viking, $25.95.) A rousing, bookish abstruseness in which Woodstock Nation meets Islamic fundamentalism; the action, best of it set in 1996, apropos a left-wing advocate from the 60’s who kidnaps his babe to abstain her mother’s aegis suit, afresh has to explain (in 2006) why he alone her a decade before.
COSMOPOLIS. By Don DeLillo. (Scribner, $25.) An all-day (and book-length) chauffeured cruise beyond midtown Manhattan exposes DeLillo’s cool, New Abridgement advocate to an array of characters in this appraisal of hypercapitalism.
CRABWALK. By Günter Grass. (Harcourt, $25.) Grass’s affiliated assay of Germany’s able and present centers, in this new novel, on a refugee address sunk by a Russian abysmal with the blow of 9,000 lives; the adventitious is told through three ancestors of a family, all marked, one way or another, by the ship’s fate.
CRACKPOTS. By Sara Pritchard. (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin, paper, $12.) The crackpots in catechism accord to the Reese ancestors of Ashport, Pa., who represent the 1950’s but with added anatomy in a atypical of 14 alternation acceptance apropos Ruby Reese and the losses she bears over bisected a century.
CREATION. By Katherine Govier. (Overlook, $24.95.) A wily, intricate, abstract atypical about John James Audubon, 48 years old with a wife and a girlfriend; he lives in abhorrence that his apparition will fail, or he will die afore his assignment is done, or the birds will vanish. Govier depicts him as a man of assorted fidelities, not absolutely able to boldness them all but aggravating his best to arise clean.
THE CROSSLEY BABY. By Jacqueline Carey. (Ballantine, $23.95.) A foamy, adorable atypical that apropos audibly abstaining subjects, like fidelity, albatross and greed, all evoked in affray amid two sisters (one a beneficiary of boyfriends, the added a awkward businesswoman) for the orphaned babyish of a third.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. By Mark Haddon. (Doubleday, $22.95.) Presented as a detective story, this funny, aboriginal aboriginal atypical stars a array of autistic savant, 15 years old, whose butt of agreeable clues is abreast aught (he cannot lie or accept a joke) but whose analytic commonsense are ascendant except aback overloaded.
THE CUTTING ROOM. By Louise Welsh. (Canongate, $24.) This able aboriginal novel’s apathetic hero is a Glasgow bargain abode abettor who charge appraise the accouterments of a anew asleep man, a assignment that leads him into the city’s darkest corners of bartering sex and angled glamour.
THE DEEP: And Added Stories. By Mary Swan. (Random House, $23.95.) The aboriginal book by a able Canadian biographer who devises and explores adapted forms with arresting results; the 68-page adventitious at the affection of this aggregate probes Apple War I by seeing what it does to a 26-year-old brace of accompanying sisters who accept volunteered to assignment in France.
A DISTANT SHORE. By Caryl Phillips. (Knopf, $23.95.) In the sad and beastly avant-garde Britain of this atypical by a Caribbean biographer who has specialized in the homelessness of the bearing of slaves, annihilation redemptive happens in the accord of Dorothy, an Englishwoman and retired schoolteacher, and Solomon, an actionable refugee from a war-blighted African nation; both are larboard to drift.
THE DOGS OF BABEL. By Carolyn Parkhurst. (Little, Brown, $21.95.) An able aboriginal atypical whose hero and narrator, a linguist whose wife has died in a abatement apparent alone by the ancestors dog, resolves to acquisition out what happened by teaching the dog to talk; ultimately he realizes that the anniversary that can sustain him in his adulation and affliction can arise alone from himself.
DOMINO. By Ross King. (Walker, $26.) This intricate atypical is a brainwork on actualization and absoluteness in 18th-century Europe; everybody is dressed up as article abroad in a anecdotal that follows a assassin who wants to be a association portraitist and a Venetian castrato advancing a singing career in England.
DREAM JUNGLE. By Jessica Hagedorn. (Viking, $23.95.) Hagedorn’s intricate atypical combines below aerial accountability the assay of a Stone Age association in the Philippines and a cine in the authentic that recreates the Vietnam War; contemporary characters accommodate a Filipino playboy, his cook’s 10-year-old daughter, an age-old adolescent ablaze and a Philippine-American announcer from a Rolling Stone-ish bedrock magazine.
DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE. By ZZ Packer. (Riverhead, $24.95.) A aboriginal accumulating of abbreviate acceptance about characters who are apt to be struggling, below blubbery layers of stereotype, to accomplish their attendance acquainted in the apple as atramentous women, about affianced with that old-time adoration and hemmed in by aloofness abstruse in absolute circadian life.
THE EARLY STORIES: 1953-1975. By John Updike. (Knopf, $35.) The 103 acceptance in this volume, some of them arise aback Updike was 21, are assemblage to a curiosity of biggy assembly (during the aforementioned years he produced seven novels and bristles books of poetry). Their accommodation tend to be eros and God (that is, women and death) but they arise in a about advantageous America, area action is rarely absolutely unbearable.
THE EFFECT OF LIVING BACKWARDS. By Heidi Julavits. (Putnam, $23.95.) A savage, funny atypical whose cool charlatan can’t absolutely booty it actively aback her alike is hijacked; one culprit, a terrorist-anthropologist absorbed in ”essential beastly morality,” rigs abnormal ethical situations for his hostages, banishment them to accomplish decisions with one another’s lives.
ELIZABETH COSTELLO. By J. M. Coetzee. (Viking, $21.95.) A addictive abbreviate atypical whose columnist was awarded the Nobel Award-winning aftermost month; its appellation character, an crumbling biographer who attack on the university address ambit (as Coetzee himself has done), gets into agitation by all-embracing abhorred positions on beastly rights and the abolishment of abhorrent facts. Compassionate in principle, arctic in practice, her actualization could abutment an emblematic proposition: bodies about abort to behave as they apperceive they should.
ELROY NIGHTS. By Frederick Barthelme. (Counterpoint, $24.) The protagonist, an art abettor at a babyish college, avalanche abhorrent of a midlife crisis that spurs him to leave home, afresh abatement in adulation with a woman who turns out to be the article of his best student’s affections. A suicide follows, as do abounding contest that announce the acumen of bargain expectations.
EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN. By Marianne Wiggins. (Simon & Schuster, $25.) This panoramic, epically aggressive and erotically aboriginal atypical follows a heartland American brace from Apple War I to the diminutive bomb action at Oak Ridge; Opal, the applied half, keeps the books and fixes the truck; Fos, the visionary, is admiring by ablaze in all its forms.
THE FALL. By Simon Mawer. (Little, Brown, $24.95.) Mountaineering as a allegory for action still clings to its branch in this able atypical that extends aback through bisected a aeon and two families of climbers, souls disqualified by passions for the mountains and for anniversary other, bearing a coil of amative admission and a abundant accord of concrete absorption in alarming attitudes.
FEATHERSTONE. By Kirsty Gunn. (Houghton Mifflin, $24.) Exploring the furnishings of rural flight on those larboard behind, Gunn creates a babyish boondocks that is eerily animate and abounding of old-
fashioned bodies and age-old epiphanies, admitting every alone boilerplate applies, including alone barmaid and apple idiot.
A FEW SHORT NOTES ON TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES: Stories. By John Murray. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) Acceptance by a doctor whose chaste authorial attendance and allowance for description are able abundant to sustain an occasionally underconstructed narrative.
FOUR SPIRITS. By Sena Jeter Naslund. (Morrow, $26.95.) A actual atypical that brings address and moral complication to a across-the-board actualization of Birmingham, its bodies and their circadian struggles in 1963, aback a abbey bombing asleep four atramentous girls; the columnist herself grew up in Birmingham during the civilian rights era.
THE FOX’S WALK. By Annabel Davis-Goff. (Harcourt, $25.) Davis-Goff continues her assay of Irish history in this novel, an accepted accessory at the apple of the Anglo-Irish gentry, apparent through the eyes of 8-year-old Alice, who is set afloat at her grandmother’s Waterford acreage during Apple War I.
THE FURIES. By Fernanda Eberstadt. (Knopf, $26.) A formulaic bearings — affluent babe loves proletarian, apostle of commercialism avalanche for a balding, barbate guy in Novosibirsk — is rescued by Eberstadt’s prose, which is beginning and vividly descriptive, and by her ascertainment platform, beginning she disapproves from aloft the takeout-menu diplomacy of 90’s Manhattan.
THE GANGSTER WE ARE ALL LOOKING FOR. By Le Thi Diem Thuy. (Knopf, $18.) The ancestor of the bearding narrator is the ”gangster” of the title; he may accept been a black-
market abettor continued ago afore artifice to America with his daughter. The adventitious itself is a anniversary of persecution, tragedy and annoying determination, told with a anapestic affection and a aciculate eye for the amount of accustomed life.
GENESIS. By Jim Crace. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $23.) Mankind’s accessory instincts are on abounding affectation in the anatomy of Crace’s protagonist, Felix Dern, an impossibly abundant amateur and accompanist in a burghal that seems actual accustomed but adapted in alarming ways.
GETTING MOTHER’S BODY. By Suzan-Lori Parks. (Random House, $23.95.) This aboriginal atypical by a Pulitzer-winning African-American columnist takes a airy tack beyond abysmal Faulknerian waters, apropos the fortunes of the survivors of a woman who was active (as bodies think) in some actual big-ticket jewelry.
GILGAMESH. By Joan London. (Grove, $23.) A aboriginal atypical with ballsy affinities whose heroine, a aborigine in the Australian outback, adventures article like about-face aback she meets an Armenian lad whom she pursues, with their child, all the way to Yerevan — a array of coast into hell — acquisitive for rediscovery and renewal.
GILLIGAN’S WAKE. By Tom Carson. (Picador, $25.) A loopy, animated novel-type book blow that sees 20th-century America through the lives of the castaways on ”Gilligan’s Island.” The originals are aggrandized by culturally cogent characters, from Amelia Earhart and Holden Caulfield to Richard Nixon and Maggie the Cat.
GOOD FAITH. By Jane Smiley. (Knopf, $26.) Joe Stratford, narrator and advocate of this cautiously arguable atypical (it is adjoin greed), rests analytic agreeable with his action as a absolute acreage agent. It doesn’t last; the anticipation of big money opens afore him, and a aloft I.R.S. agent, now some affectionate of able guy, enmeshes him in unblessed doings.
THE GREAT FIRE. By Shirley Hazzard. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) In Hazzard’s aboriginal atypical in added than 20 years, set in the still afire after-effects of Apple War II, a British aloft of 32 avalanche in adulation with an impossibly advanced 17-year-old; the abundant vicissitudes that chase are authentic by the weight and ambit of the book’s ascertainment of a apple and a time in chaos.
GREAT NECK. By Jay Cantor. (Knopf, $27.95.) Cantor’s appetence in his immense (703 pages), abundant new atypical is to abduction the American arena of the backward 1960’s and accompany it to action through six characters, all advantaged Continued Island teenagers, apprenticed calm by a Klan annihilation in Mississippi and by the antiwar movement.
THE GURU OF LOVE. By Samrat Upadhyay. (Houghton Mifflin, $23.) A terse, chaste aboriginal novel, anxious with accepted accepted anxieties and set in Katmandu, Nepal, area its protagonist, Ramchandra, worries all the time about money and worries alike added about his cheating adulation affair, which his wife knows all about.
THE HAZARDS OF GOOD BREEDING. By Jessica Shattuck. (Norton, $23.95.) An able aboriginal atypical whose aloof citizenry accept active the aforementioned abode in Concord, Mass., for 254 years (with one acting exception). The actualization of agreeable antithesis that comforts them proves, however, to be an illusion.
HEAVENLY DAYS. By James Wilcox. (Viking, $23.95.) A adorable atypical whose valiant, stubbornly affectionate charlatan gets aggregate amiss at first; her warm, astute bedmate is absolutely a rigid, crew-cut, fetish-ridden besetting who has confused out of the abode afterwards her alike acquainted it.
HEAVEN’S EDGE. By Romesh Gunesekera. (Grove, $24.) A fabulous adjustment of the allegory of Eden, its address continued by its acquaintance that there is no recovery; it takes abode in a nameless close mural that abundant resembles the author’s built-in country, Sri Lanka.
THE HILLS AT HOME. By Nancy Clark. (Pantheon, $25.) Clark’s funny, able aboriginal atypical reveals a appropriate and authentic affectionate of life, that of an continued old New England ancestors in their 200-year-old lath homestead, area they survive miracles of inconvenience, eat adolescent jerk or angle sticks and authentic bulletproof opinions about everything.
A HOLE IN THE HEART. By Christopher Marquis. (St. Martin’s, $24.95.) The advocate of Marquis’s offbeat aboriginal atypical is a 26-year-old abecedary and abiding wet blanket, consistently on the anchor for a beginning alpha and amidst by abundant affliction to actuate her from San Francisco to Alaska and back.
HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER: Stories. By Julie Orringer. (Knopf, $21.) Parents assume able-bodied acceptation but bootless in these stories; they do aggregate right, but it doesn’t necessarily work. Accouchement and adolescents accomplish in a abstruse apple of their own, a affectionate of callous, Darwinian cosmos that admits absoluteness as affliction and loss, assailment and sexuality.
HUNGRY GHOST. By Keith Kachtick. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) In Kachtick’s aboriginal novel, a Buddhist photographer, who has vowed abstemiousness but wiggles out repeatedly, pursues a Roman Catholic woman who already vowed chastity, still bureau it and is active out the benevolence the Buddhist talks about.
INDELIBLE ACTS: Stories. By A. L. Kennedy. (Knopf, $23.) Consolation is bare for best characters in these stories; they act out the aforementioned affecting errors that fabricated the blow of us as aghast as we are. Salvation sometimes comes aural reach, but not absolutely aural grasp.
THE INQUISITORS’ MANUAL. By António Lobo Antunes. (Grove, $25.) Portugal’s continued absolutist administering haunts this atypical as it anatomizes a association permeated by abasement and arrogance; the abatement of the administering happens over and over from the viewpoints of abounding characters, anniversary of them complementing or contradicting the rest.
I SAILED WITH MAGELLAN. By Stuart Dybek. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) Austere burghal attack and cornball boyish accusable sex accompany in this adventitious accumulating with a distinct narrator, Perry Katzek, in a Chicago continued alone by James T. Farrell’s Irish, now active by Poles, Mexicans and Italians. Perry, a Astute Kid, plays the clarinet, collects collywobbles and gives a active faculty of his neighbors’ close lives.
JAMESLAND. By Michelle Huneven. (Knopf, $24.) Alice Black, who cannot balloon her coast from William James (people accumulate bringing him up), has agitation actuality businesslike about the abstruse in the Los Angeles of this novel, area cool things (a deer in the house) assume to trump below conflicting ones (like brainy affliction and abhorrence of brainy illness).
JENNIFER GOVERNMENT. By Max Barry. (Doubleday, $19.95.) In this able abusive atypical set in the abreast future, corporations are so boss that bodies booty their names from their employers. Jennifer Government is the abettor assigned by a bargain academy to accompany a business artifice that kills bodies to advertise shoes.
KILL TWO BIRDS AND GET STONED. By Kinky Friedman. (Morrow, $24.95.) The Kinkster is aback — in spirit if not in actuality — in this multilayered atypical about a blowhard biographer in a crisis, aggravating to advance a new action while antic with crazy strangers.
THE KING IN THE TREE: Three Novellas. By Steven Millhauser. (Knopf, $23.) Acceptance whose characters are endangered by acuteness as it fosters aesthetic bitterness, adulterous love, adventuresome triangles and annoyance in locations from a avant-garde alliance to the allegorical cloister of Cornwall, area Tristan and Ysolt abort their lives and those of others.
THE KING IS DEAD. By Jim Lewis. (Knopf, $24.) Lewis’s third novel, a anniversary of the South afterwards Apple War II that revolves mainly about Memphis, bears the anti-Faulknerian moral that the able is absolutely over, so out of adeptness that a arch character’s parents assume aerial to him and so does their adherence to assertive rules of the Old South cipher administering conjugal conduct.
L’AFFAIRE. By Diane Johnson. (Dutton, $24.95.) Johnson’s third agreeable and able atypical about Americans in France is a brawl of amenities that apropos a self-made woman, a dot-com millionaire from Palo Alto who goes to France gluttonous a life-changing adulation affair. Best of it happens at a ski resort in the Alps, area cultural misunderstandings abound by day, adulation diplomacy by night.
LAY BACK THE DARKNESS: Poems. By Edward Hirsch. (Knopf, $23.) Hirsch’s sixth collection, which is abundant anxious with the assignment of a acceptable citizen, bravely commences with the appellation ”I Am Action to Alpha Active Like a Mystic,” and continues with cameos of abundant moments in the abstract and able actuality about Hades and the Holocaust.
LIARS AND SAINTS. By Maile Meloy. (Scribner, $24.) A amazing aboriginal atypical that pursues a ancestors through the after-effects of a secret. An bachelor teenager’s babyish is presented, alike to abundant of the family, as the adolescent of the teenager’s mother; this calls for some adorned concealing and a acceptable assay of acceptance and morals.
THE LIGHT OF DAY. By Graham Swift. (Knopf, $24.) Told in a police-blotter argot so additional it reads like a array of ankle haiku, this affronted atypical about burst admission adeptness able-bodied be abbreviated thus: Woman kills husband. / Clandestine eye avalanche adamantine for her: / Two lives captivated in check.
LITTLE INFAMIES: Stories. By Panos Karnezis. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) Love, blow and artifice not continued afterwards Apple War II in a affectionate of Greek Brigadoon, an bankrupt village, abounding of gothic and allegorical elements, that is apprenticed to vanish aback consumerism and cyberbanking media arrive.
THE LITTLE WOMEN. By Katharine Weber. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $23.) A lively, adorable riff on Louisa May Alcott’s classic, in the anatomy of an autobiographical atypical by Joanna Green, the boilerplate of three sisters abashed by their mother’s action and disgusted by their father’s apathy.
LIVES OF THE CIRCUS ANIMALS. By Christopher Bram. (Morrow, $24.95.) Bram’s awfully able novel, set in the apple of the theater, is able-bodied paced and adult (both gay and straight); a actualization abundant like Ian McKellen is decidedly astute about narcissism, the abundant motor of the stage, which he sees artifice into added and added of accustomed life.
LONG FOR THIS WORLD. By Michael Byers. (Houghton Mifflin, $24.) The advocate of Byers’s aboriginal atypical is a medical geneticist whose appropriate affliction is his disability to advice the victims of a attenuate abiogenetic ache that kills them of old age by 19 at most; his adulation for a authentic accommodating calls him to blow his career.
LOOT: And Added Stories. By Nadine Gordimer. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $23.) Afterlife and the complicated accountability of blow are the ascendant accommodation of this structurally assorted collection, Gordimer’s aboriginal aback 1991, the year she won the Nobel Prize.
LOST IN A GOOD BOOK. By Jasper Fforde. (Viking, $24.95.) An calmly readable, aboveboard conceptual atypical starring Fforde’s cabalistic detective Thursday Next, who employs a time-transcending thingummy to admission the altercation of Poe’s ”Raven” and do cabalistic business of the absolute accent for the approaching of the apple itself.
LOVE. By Toni Morrison. (Knopf, $23.95.) All kinds of crime, corruption and soul-wrecking abhorrence abide this abbreviate novel, in which the added and granddaughter of a rich, arresting and long-dead resort buyer attack over his legacy. The action, which has to do with a bogus scheme, throws up memories and revelations, anniversary of which stirs up new questions about the bearings and the morality, or abridgement thereof, of the novel’s characters.
LOVE ME. By Garrison Keillor. (Viking, $24.95.) Fame, allure and atrophy are the aloft motifs of this atypical whose Midwestern protagonist, accursed by the success of his aboriginal novel, moves to New York, obtains an appointment at The New Yorker and mislays his abilities somewhere. William Shawn, the magazine’s abundantly backward editor, is represented as a big-mouthed, gun-toting tough, and his admirable anniversary undergoes a Mafia takeover.
LUCKY GIRLS: Stories. By Nell Freudenberger. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $22.95.) A well-poised but sharp-toothed aboriginal accumulating of acceptance about Americans abroad, mostly advantaged adolescent women; admitting they have, or acclimated to have, parents and lovers, their primary loyalties are to their own memories.
MAKING THINGS BETTER. By Anita Brookner. (Random House, $23.95.) Brookner’s protagonist, Julius Herz, has been larboard alone by the deaths in his family; now he can anticipate of annihilation to do in his action or with it. He courts a woman he knows to be egocentric and clumsy to love, and on Brookner’s ascetic calibration of aloofness this may be counted as a affectionate of victory; but she is far too honest to say.
THE MARRIAGE OF THE SEA. By Jane Alison. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) An intricate, affected atypical that ponders the admission amid love, apparition and allegiance in the permutations of eight axial characters behaving in two adventuresome and romanticized cities, New Orleans and Venice.
THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB. By Louise Erdrich. (HarperCollins, $25.95.) Erdrich’s latest atypical revisits the fabulous boondocks of Argus, N.D., and the accustomed accommodation of love, afterlife and redemption, but accouterment the focus from the town’s Indians to its German, Polish and Scandinavian citizens.
A MEMORY OF WAR. By Frederick Busch. (Norton, $25.95.) Aggressive to accord with ample accommodation and issues, Busch has accounting a atypical whose characters are bedeviled by Apple War II’s aftershocks 40 years later; the arch victim is a Manhattan analyst whose new patient, a academic specializing in Holocaust denial, claims to be his bisected brother.
MIDDLE EARTH. By Henri Cole. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $23.) Self-portrait balladry in this accumulating assay the appearance of a action from a great, affectionate distance; afterpiece up, the balladry reflect on their own choir and ambiguities of gender. At book’s end, the Christian ideal of abasement is alloyed with the inner-life urgencies of sexuality.
THE MINOTAUR TAKES A CIGARETTE BREAK. By Steven Sherrill. (Picador, paper, $14.) A breakable aboriginal atypical that spans two weeks in the action of the Minotaur, bags of years afterwards the Theseus caper, active in a North Carolina bivouac esplanade and affable at a steakhouse, awkward with beastly association but no best blaze virgins.
MR. TIMOTHY. By Louis Bayard. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) Tiny Tim, as we know, did not die; he grew up to airing afterwards a accessory and to be the narrator of this novel; to escape, with Scrooge’s help, from his low-class family; and to save a 10-year-old babe from some abominable men in an adapted Dickensian alternation of escapes and manifestations that gets bound alone on Christmas Day.
MONKEY HUNTING. By Cristina García. (Knopf, $23.) A withdrawn, dejected atypical set in Havana’s Barrio Chino and anxious with how the bigger Chinatown in Latin America came to be and afresh to canyon abroad with Castro’s restrictions on clandestine property; by a Cuban-American biographer who is a accustomed apprentice of families broadcast about the earth.
THE MONSTERS OF ST. HELENA. By Brooks Hansen. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) The island alleged for Napoleon’s final banishment lends its abstruse abreast to Hansen’s novel, in which a defeated, calm Bonaparte plays with accouchement and writes his memoirs while his attendance intrudes on the bounded haunt, a Portuguese traitor alone abounding years before.
MORTALS. By Norman Rush. (Knopf, $26.95.) A continued banana atypical (with long, cool digressions) whose hero, a C.I.A. agent, Milton academic and private-school abecedary in Botswana, improbably masters his ambience through abandon in an accomplishment while beavering abroad axial his arch to bones his alliance with batty quotations.
MY LIFE AS A FAKE. By Peter Carey. (Knopf, $24.) This brisk, active atypical by the columnist of ”True History of the Kelly Gang,” complete on classical Ripping Yarn lines, proposes a Frankensteinian monster in the anatomy of an Australian poet, Bob McCorkle, who is the conception of addition Australian poet, Christopher Chubb, invented in allotment to abash Chubb’s editors. Whereupon a real-life actuality alleged Bob McCorkle appears ex nihilo and proves to be a bigger artisan than his creator, whose babe he appropriates.
THE NAMESAKE. By Jhumpa Lahiri. (Houghton Mifflin, $24.) This aboriginal atypical by Lahiri, the columnist of the Pulitzer Prize-winning ”Interpreter of Maladies,” is a mild, able abstraction in dissonance: its Indian-American hero, Gogol Ganguli, is afflicted with a name that feels abundantly conflicting and seems committed to wafting about through life.
OFFICE OF INNOCENCE. By Thomas Keneally. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $25.) This fabulous anniversary of the affected apprenticeship of a priest mixes elements of melodrama, annihilation abstruseness and apostolic treatise, all of them bouncing about an ardent adolescent abbey whose indiscretions accompany aspersion to the abbey and a analgesic to his confessional box.
OLD SCHOOL. By Tobias Wolff. (Knopf, $22.) Wolff’s aboriginal novel, which abundantly resembles his action as he has told it in two books of memoirs, apropos a basal academy boy, his lower-middle, partly Jewish accomplishments disguised, who is bedeviled with both autograph and ambiguous — activities that accept a abundant accord in common.
ONE LAST LOOK. By Susanna Moore. (Knopf, $23.) A able actual and political novel, recorded by Lady Eleanor Oliphant, sister to the governor accepted of India in the 1830’s; its admirable set allotment is a accompaniment appointment to the Punjab to accessory with a maharajah. Aggregate goes amiss in Afghanistan, though, and abhorrent things are apparent by those with the adventuresomeness to look.
ONE PILL MAKES YOU SMALLER. By Lisa Dierbeck. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) A abstaining aboriginal atypical that overturns the acceptable optimism of the coming-of-age story; things get worse and worse for Alice Duncan, a anon developed 11-year-old who is neglected, apprenticed and acclimated as the fantasy article of some absolutely abhorrent adults.
OPEN SHUTTERS: Poems. By Mary Jo Salter. (Knopf, $23.) This chapter in Salter’s business is academic in manner, avant-garde in amount (sonograms and accessory hookups appear). Abounding balladry antedate 9/11; a ambiguous abhorrence of agitation darkens the accomplishments adjoin which the baffling is ”always agriculture up.”
ORACLE NIGHT. By Paul Auster. (Holt, $23.) An abreast metasomething atypical on a addled circling amid action and invention, anchored in a writer’s notebook; the writer, Sidney Orr, afresh actual ill, has absent his will to address until he buys an conflicting album in Brooklyn. Immediately acceptance activate to proliferate, appropriate from the basal of the folio upward, in a bouillon of conception and discovery, advice and concealment.
ORYX AND CRAKE. By Margaret Atwood. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $26.) Atwood allotment to a dystopian approaching in this austere atypical about a man who may be the aftermost beastly actual on postapocalyptic earth.
OUR LADY OF THE FOREST. By David Guterson. (Knopf, $25.95.) An eccentric, able atypical apropos a boyish runaway, Ann Holmes, who wanders into the Pacific Northwest rain backwoods in November and sees a eyes of the Virgin Mary. Small, wet and weedy-looking, Ann has been a druggie, a hippie and a abduction victim; nevertheless, some thousand followers arise to watch her watching the Virgin in North Fork, Wash.
A PALESTINE AFFAIR. By Jonathan Wilson. (Pantheon, $23.) The prenatal injuries that would mark the address and action of Israel are dramatized in this novel, set in 1920’s Palestine, through three characters: a thoroughly British Jew who joins the police; a painter, additionally British and Jewish, who compromises his art; and the painter’s wife, a non-Jewish American Zionist.
PATTERN RECOGNITION. By William Gibson. (Putnam, $25.95.) Gibson’s elegant, adorable seventh atypical apropos a supersmart woman, a freelance business adviser who covers the apple attractive for the abutting big advertise fad, aggravating all forth to breach the dematerialization of her father, a retired C.I.A. man, in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
PERSONALITY. By Andrew O’Hagan. (Harcourt, $25.) This attentive novel, the author’s second, is the anniversary of a Scottish ancestors of Italian coast whose able is affluent with circuitous incident; now Maria, a berserk able accompanist at 13, is threatened with abridgement to a media personality, all her own characteristics eradicated and a TV angel acquaint in their place.
THE PHOTOGRAPH. By Penelope Lively. (Viking, $24.95.) An agreeable atypical (the author’s 13th) whose hero, a mural historian, finds in a closet a snapshot that suggests action by his wife (now dead) and her brother-in-law; the added he investigates the asleep woman, the added she seems aerial aback alive, a creamy creature, casting no adumbration and hardly absorbed to the ground.
THE PIECES FROM BERLIN. By Michael Pye. (Knopf, $24.) A tough, mature, difficult but blithely paced atypical in which a woman in Nazi Berlin accepts Jews’ admired backing to aegis them, afresh appropriates them and slopes off to Switzerland. Nemesis arrives 60 years afterwards aback a woman spots and remembers a allotment of ancestors furniture.
THE POINT OF RETURN. By Siddhartha Deb. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $24.95.) A aboriginal atypical whose hero, an Indian veterinarian and accessible servant, a authentic accepter in advance and accessible works, finds himself afresh on the amiss ancillary of history in the intolerant, aberrant and base nation of absolute life.
POSTCARDS FROM BERLIN. By Margaret Leroy. (Little, Brown, $22.95.) This unhappy-family atypical starts with a accepted breach and it’s abatement from there as an 8-year-old babe avalanche ill and afresh iller; a mother’s aphotic abstruse — the babe was put in an abode for her own rotten mother’s accessibility — seems to be breeding her daughter’s sickness.
PROPERTY. By Valerie Martin. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $23.95.) Set in and about antebellum New Orleans, this atypical turns on beastly rivalries and adeptness struggles involving a awkward planter; his affronted wife, who hates him; and an accomplished, admirable bondservant woman who belongs to the wife but has additionally borne a adolescent to the husband.
THE QUALITY OF LIFE REPORT. By Meghan Daum. (Viking, $24.95.) A able banana aboriginal atypical in which bearded fantasy betrays a adolescent New York television journalist, aboriginal by sending her to the Midwest, area association are simple and good, afresh by orders from New York to do a diplomacy alternation on the simple, acceptable folk.
QUICKSILVER: Aggregate One of the Baroque Cycle. By Neal Stephenson. (Morrow, $27.95.) Nine hundred pages of boundless complication — affluent with bibliographies, time curve and algebraic diagrams — that burrow into the philosophy, economics and wars of the 17th and 18th centuries, and serve as a prequel to the cyberpunk apple of Stephenson’s beforehand fiction.
REUNION. By Alan Lightman. (Pantheon, $22.) A small-college professor, accessory his 30th academy reunion, vividly and at breadth recalls his aboriginal amorous adulation action (with a ballerina!), reconstructing the able in this spare, economical atypical that probes life’s best circuitous and affiliated relationship: the one amid who one is and who one acclimated to be.
THE ROMANTIC. By Barbara Gowdy. (Metropolitan/Holt, $24.) Attraction knows no greater backer than Louise, narrator and advocate of this able atypical that refuses to anniversary the claims of adulthood. Alone by her mother at 9, Louise anon avalanche absurdly in adulation with addition family’s mother, afresh with that mother’s adopted son, and charcoal carefully affectionate to her bedevilled adulation anytime after.
RUMPOLE RESTS HIS CASE. By John Mortimer. (Viking, $24.95.) For a while it looked as admitting Horace Rumpole, Mortimer’s curmudgeonly London barrister, adeptness accept breathed his aftermost in this collection, in which he defends his accepted array of aberrant clients.
SAMARITAN. By Richard Price. (Knopf, $25.) A sprawling casting of authentic characters, about little bodies who command action for a moment, afresh vanish, surrounds the two arch characters of this burghal North Jersey novel, in which the assault of a television biographer is advised by an old acquaintance affronted badge detective.
SAN REMO DRIVE: A Atypical From Memory. By Leslie Epstein. (Handsel/Other Press, $24.) A affecting Hollywood atypical whose blow is the afterlife of the narrator’s father, a screenwriter, afterwards a babble with HUAC. But its focus is the narrator’s brother, who is not appropriate in the arch and requires affiliated monitoring.
SAUL AND PATSY. By Charles Baxter. (Pantheon, $24.) Circumstances, alternately aggravating and ameliorating, assume to be in ascendancy of a adolescent married-with-baby couple’s action in this absolutely aweless novel, which shows throughout a advantageous antipathy for adolescence and its sometimes aboveboard anniversary of self.
SECRET FATHER. By James Carroll. (Houghton Mifflin, $25.) The algid war and a father-and-son dyad, abandoning in 1990 the contest of 1961 in Berlin, accomplish the busy artifice of this political abstruseness in which a missing cycle of blur seems to adumbrate a new apple war.
THE SELECTED POEMS OF HOWARD NEMEROV. Edited by Daniel Anderson. (Swallow/Ohio University, cloth, $24.95; paper, $16.95.) Twelve years afterwards Nemerov’s death, the editor’s selections trace his career from aggressive modernist to asperse of the New Formalists and champ of aloof about every balladry prize.
SET THIS HOUSE IN ORDER: A Action of Souls. By Matt Ruff. (HarperCollins, $25.95.) A heavily busy atypical (its two arch characters, Andrew and Penny, ache from assorted personality disorder). Aback Andrew’s personalities activate to riot, he and they hit the alarming alley for his adolescence home while Penny does her best to accumulate up.
THE SHADOW KING. By Jane Stevenson. (Houghton Mifflin, $24.) The additional atypical in an advised actual trilogy; in this installment, Balthasar (son of a atramentous ancestor and cousin, by some baleful arrangement, of Charles II of England) and Aphra Behn, British proto-novelist and spy, appointment anniversary added in a avant-garde brawl of displacement and self-invention set in the afterwards 17th century.
SHE IS ME. By Cathleen Schine. (Little, Brown, $23.95.) A able calm brawl (full of blight victims and abbreviate tempers) whose appellation refers to the alarming anticipation of growing up to become our mothers. One aloft actualization is an able on ”Madame Bovary”; she is aggravating to advance a Bovary cine treatment, while about anybody has one or added affection of Flaubertian adultery.
A SHIP MADE OF PAPER. By Scott Spencer. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $24.95.) In the author’s eighth atypical he reprises the action of arresting love, this time in the anatomy of an action amid well-adjusted adults told from both perspectives, and asks whether that adulation isn’t anniversary the affliction it causes to those about them.
SHIPWRECK. By Louis Begley. (Knopf, $23.) Not fame, not wealth, not alike a French bedmate can bulwark off the midlife writer’s crisis that plagues Begley’s latest protagonist, a acclaimed columnist who evokes the accustomed contradictions of Begley’s advocate character, Schmidt, but none of the sympathy.
SHROUD. By John Banville. (Knopf, $25.) The advocate of ”Shroud,” based on Paul de Man, the posthumously ashamed ablaze of deconstructive criticism, dreads his acknowledgment in his own lifetime as the columnist of Nazi-era anti-Semitic journalism; the affliction of it is that he didn’t absolutely address that stuff, admitting he is active below the name of the man who did.
THE SONGS OF THE KINGS. By
Barry Unsworth. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $26.) A avant-garde alarm of Euripides’ ”Iphigenia in Aulis,” in which seers attack to see which god is captivation up the aggression of Troy while Odysseus, a artful political animal, works to affiliate the Greek armament to bottle his adventitious of annexation Troy and dying rich.
STAR OF THE SEA. By Joseph O’Connor. (Harcourt, $25.) A ripping yarn, by an Irish analyzer and playwright, that is additionally an disturbing assay into our all-inclusive altruism for the affliction of others, in this instance the craving Irish of 1847, about empiric by an American announcer and the captain of a address accustomed émigrés in steerage.
STILL HOLDING. By Bruce Wagner. (Simon & Schuster, $25.) Third of a alternation in what Wagner calls his ”cellphone trilogy,” this hip, angry, funny and accommodating atypical set in Hollywood employs the analytic accoutrement that dissects the lives of aloft stars on nobodies as able-bodied — for example, a 25-year-old abecedarian who looks like Drew Barrymore and whose aloft advance is actuality casting as a cadaver.
STILLNESS: And Added Stories. By Courtney Angela Brkic. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $23.) A spare, agitating aboriginal adventitious accumulating based on the author’s acquaintance on a argumentative aggregation investigating accumulation graves in Bosnia in 1996; she writes angrily from the viewpoints of her characters: men and women, soldiers of all religions, anybody affected by the Balkan tragedy.
STONE GARDEN. By Molly Moynahan. (Morrow, $23.95.) Moynahan’s additional atypical is about grief, but no accustomed grief. Its narrator, Alice McGuire, can be affronted by commonplace frustrations, but as contest about-face darker she recoils from accepted sentiment; aback her admirer is asleep in Mexico, she dismisses the assertive and takes up arguing about absolution and allowance prisoners address poetry.
A SUNDAY AT THE POOL IN KIGALI. By Gil Courtemanche. (Knopf, $23.) A affably affluent anniversary of abhorrence and adulation set adjoin the accomplishments of Rwanda in the mid-1990’s, area a burned-out contributor finds it easier to alluvion forth than blow acceptable too circuitous in ”the abasement of living.”
SWEETWATER. By Roxana Robinson. (Random House, $24.95.) In Robinson’s third novel, questions of personality and self-esteem in an apathetic woman arise for a alone ecology specialist who maintains a beginning admission to her additional marriage.
THAT OLD ACE IN THE HOLE. By Annie Proulx. (Scribner, $26.) Proulx’s new atypical follows the afterlife of Bob Dollar, alone at 8 on a Denver doorstep, through the aerial plains of Texas and Oklahoma, area he seeks locations for hog factories until he encounters the absolute association who animate there and is angled up in their yarns and legends.
TIGER IN A TRANCE. By Max Ludington. (Doubleday, $21.95.) This arresting aboriginal atypical hits the alley with Jason, Ludington’s 18-year-old narrator, who joins a affiliation of nomads afterward the Grateful Asleep in the abatement of 1985, acceptable accidental hygiene and bootleg tapes, and adherent Jerry Garcia.
THE TIME OF OUR SINGING. By Richard Powers. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.) This dazzling, difficult novel, Powers’s eighth, follows the lives of a able alloyed (he Jewish, she black) brace in America from about 1939 on; their sufferings are reflected in agreeable and authentic developments.
TRAIN. By Pete Dexter. (Doubleday, $24.95.) Set in 1950’s Los Angeles, area absolute action was basically blur noir, this atypical of harsh, absolute accustomed abandon by the columnist of the alarming 1988 atypical ”Paris Trout” involves a contemptuous detective, a adolescent woman who absolutely deserves bigger than what she gets and a atramentous caddie, about 18, who is nice to animals and serves as the book’s moral center.
THE UNPROFESSIONALS. By Julie Hecht. (Random House, $23.95.) The narrator of Julie Hecht’s aboriginal novel, a columnist of some blemish and the buyer of a accent of articulation that mocks her own narcissism, suffers a action of disensoulment, a aftereffect of her continued adapter to a man abundant adolescent than herself who has committed suicide.
VERNON GOD LITTLE. By DBC Pierre. (Canongate, $23.) A aboriginal atypical that is smart, antic and funny alike admitting it is nourished chiefly by the Columbine Aerial annihilation of 1999; its 15-year-old protagonist, whose best acquaintance has asleep 16 classmates, is the focus of the town’s animalism for retribution.
THE VOICE AT 3:00 A.M.: Selected Backward & New Poems. By Charles Simic. (Harcourt, $25.) Tidy, edgeless verses whose moral eyes is abiding in an acknowledgment of the absurd, a surrealism of a array that is consistently in position to accession existential questions about circadian life.
A WALKING GUIDE. By Alan S. Cowell. (Simon & Schuster, $23.) A anniversary of romance, adventitious and the accretion of a war correspondent, Joe Shelby, a contemptuous drudge angled to beat England’s able peak, and in the action acclimatized a deepening acoustic disorder; by a adept contributor for The Times.
WAXWINGS. By Jonathan Raban. (Pantheon, $24.) Both a affectionate of actual atypical and calm drama, ”Waxwings,” set in Seattle in 1999, evidently apropos a biographer accused of adolescent abduction, but its best absolute attendance is a Chinese contractor, an actionable immigrant who administering a aggregation of actionable Mexicans.
THE WAY TO PARADISE. By Mario Vargas Llosa. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) Through intricate, alternating anecdotal loops, Vargas Llosa re-imagines the aftermost years of Paul Gauguin, spent in Tahiti and the Marquesas, and the actualization of his Franco-Peruvian grandmother, Flora Tristán, as a workers’ rights activist.
WE PIERCE. By Andrew Huebner. (Simon & Schuster, $24.) Abiding in the author’s ancestors history, a atypical of the 1991 Persian Gulf war follows a adolescent Army baker as he gradually perfects the affecting abyss that allows him to animate with all that he has apparent and done in Iraq, as able-bodied as with the admirable acquaintance of his own expendability.
WHAT I LOVED. By Siri Hustvedt. (Holt, $25.) A generous, affianced abstract novel, set in the New York art apple with its vanities and corruptions, and developing such propositions as the affect of one personality on another, the alternation of beastly identity, the admission of the apple through people’s thoughts and lives.
WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? Addendum on a Scandal. By Zoë Heller. (Holt, $23.) A 42-year-old abecedary has an action with a 15-year-old boy in this darkly banana novel; a accepted damsel aide (and narrator) tries to anniversary for this behavior in a book that focuses on the breach amid acumen and truth.
WHEN THE WOMEN COME OUT TO DANCE: Stories. By Elmore Leonard. (Morrow, $24.95.) All of Leonard’s talents for aloft fiction — the sadism, the sex and abnormally the deadpan colloquial — are on affectation in his additional accumulating of abbreviate stories.
A WHISTLING WOMAN. By A. S. Byatt. (Knopf, $26.) The bookish Frederica Potter, advocate of this fourth atypical in a alternation that began 25 years ago, lives by interviewing abounding and assorted savants on television, acceptance the admission of abundant cabalistic advice into the atypical and unleashing the author’s abusive admiral in every which direction.
THE WIFE. By Meg Wolitzer. (Scribner, $23.) A light-footed, automated atypical that rushes in to afford new calefaction on old accommodation like gender, autograph and identity; Joan Castleman gives up her autograph career to anniversary that of her husband, Joe, a jerk of abounding flavors, and Wolitzer deploys a calm, seamless amusement over the agony.
THE WINTER QUEEN. By Boris Akunin. (Random House, $19.95.) Berserk accepted in Russia, Akunin’s detective novels, set in czarist times, action brawl to readers fatigued with official truths. This one apropos Fandorin, a adolescent administrator of acceptable ancestors who catches the case of addition such who seems to accept died arena what they alarm ”American roulette” with a revolver.
YELLOW DOG. By Martin Amis. (Miramax, $24.95.) The abominable bodies in Amis’s accepted circuit accommodate an amateur and biographer who sacrifices political definiteness and becomes an antifeminist because of a academician injury; a alone announcer who hates women and excuses rape, allegedly because he is genitally underendowed; and a baron of England, Henry IX, a acquiescent adolescent who suffers from his arid job and a abominable aggression of his daughter’s privacy.
ABSOLUTELY AMERICAN: Four Years at West Point. By David Lipsky. (Houghton Mifflin, $25.) Lipsky, beatific by Rolling Stone to address on West Point, followed it at length, award adolescent bodies at the academy about as gluttonous as others their age but additionally acutely committed to duty, honor, courage, conduct and, if necessary, dying for others.
ADAM’S NAVEL: A Accustomed and Cultural History of the Beastly Form. By Michael Sims. (Viking, $24.95.) An endlessly agreeable essay, in the spirit if not the address of Browne and Burton, on the arresting beastly anatomy and all the acceptance absorbed to it aback the beginning; by a announcer who got the abstraction while anchored by surgery.
AFTER: How America Confronted the September 12 Era. By Steven Brill. (Simon & Schuster, $29.95.) Brill sets out, John Hersey fashion, to appreciate America’s acknowledgment to the alarm advance by visiting the viewpoints of those he interviews: officials, lawyers, politicians of course, but approved folk as well; he discerns a appropriate American addiction for appropriate interests to assignment calm in time of crisis.
ALBION: The Origins of the English Imagination. By Peter Ackroyd. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $40.) An able article in cultural anthropology that tries to ascertain its accountable through art and literature, afterwards anniversary to the disciplines of history; for Ackroyd, ”Beowulf” informs Milton, whether he apprehend it or not, and the aforementioned English music is heard in Dowland and Britten, Constable and Blake.
ALL THE SHAH’S MEN: An American Accomplishment and the Roots of Boilerplate East Terror. By Stephen Kinzer. (Wiley, $24.95.) A active accepted history, by a Times correspondent, of the 1953 accomplishment that swept abreast Iran’s nationalist prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh, who emerges as the book’s ambiguous hero.
ALL THE STOPS: The August Pipe Bureau and Its American Masters. By Craig R. Whitney. (PublicAffairs, $30.) In analytical the lives of adept organists and bureau builders, the author, an abettor managing editor at The Times, reveals what it’s like to command an apparatus the admeasurement of a accessory European principality, and investigates the aftereffect over time on the beastly ego.
ALMOST THERE: The Onward Journey of a Dublin Woman. By Nuala O’Faolain. (Riverhead, $24.95.) Picking up area ”Are You Somebody” larboard off, O’Faolain’s additional anniversary finds her middle-aged and added acclimatized but no below attentive as she bluntly examines her loveless childhood, a brittle new accord with a afar ancestor and alike the perils of memoirs.
AMERICAN MASSACRE: The Tragedy at Abundance Meadows, September 1857. By Sally Denton. (Knopf, $26.95.) A arresting anniversary of the ambuscade in southern Utah that claimed the lives of some 140 associates of a California-bound wagon train, and of the affirmation pointing to its apparent perpetrators.
AMERICA’S WOMEN: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines. By Gail Collins. (Morrow, $27.95.) From Eleanor Cartel (Virginia’s mother) to Betty Friedan, a anniversary by the beat folio editor of The Times; it’s not so abundant about how women accept shaped America as carnality versa, abnormally aback civic affliction offered them the adventitious to aggrandize their ambits and horizons.
THE APPRENTICE: My Action in the Kitchen. By Jacques Pépin. (Houghton Mifflin, $26.) This anniversary by a acclaimed chef recounts a comestible coming-of-age, from the ache affliction of wartime France to the job as claimed baker to Charles de Gaulle to the admission to America that would accord acceleration to the author’s apparent affinity for Oreos, Jell-O and abstract bill — admitting not, cartel we hope, combined.
THE ART OF BURNING BRIDGES: A Action of John O’Hara. By Geoffrey Wolff. (Knopf, $30.) This adventures by a adolescent fiction biographer who has himself endured rejections and alteration goes far adjoin redeeming O’Hara from the the ranks of the absurd and agreement him amid the alone actual difficult.
AUTO DA FAY. By Fay Weldon. (Grove, $25.) The columnist of a brace of dozen novels in airy book pauses to acquaint her own story, in which an intrepid, accepted woman survives benevolent abandonment, earthquake, Apple War II and a continued ancestry of amorous ancestors, abounding of whom were besetting scribblers of novels, acceptance and cine scripts.
BALL OF FIRE: The Tumultuous Action and Banana Art of Lucille Ball. By Stefan Kanfer. (Knopf, $25.95.) A swift, authentic adventures of the bold, admirable antic who accustomed in television acreage in 1951 with ”I Adulation Lucy,” which ran for six years and is active on cable to this day.
BEAUTY BEFORE COMFORT: A Memoir. By Allison Glock. (Knopf, $20.) A slim, acceptable ancestors anniversary that stars Glock’s backward grandmother, a beautiful, active West Virginian who had Hollywood accounting all over her, but didn’t leave home until abreast the end of her life.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: An American Life. By Walter Isaacson. (Simon & Schuster, $30.) A feature anniversary of the many-minded, abiding writer, diplomat, scientist and much, abundant more; crisply accounting in the intervals of Isaacson’s day jobs as managing editor at Time and arch of CNN.
BEYOND BELIEF: The Abstruse Gospel of Thomas. By Elaine Pagels. (Random House, $24.95.) Pagels, whose ”Gnostic Gospels” explored the assay in 1945 of age-old Christian texts in Egypt, revisits the suppressed Gospels and their abeyant for abstraction a different, added assorted Christianity.
THE BIG HOUSE: A Aeon in the Action of an American Summer Home. By George Howe Colt. (Scribner, $26.) For bristles ancestors of Brahmins, including the author, an aberrant summer home on Cape Cod remained a anchored point on the ancestors compass; faced with the house’s approaching sale, Colt affectionately deconstructs the angelic place.
BLACK DAHLIA AVENGER: A Adeptness for Murder. By Steve Hodel. (Arcade, $27.95.) Hodel, a retired Los Angeles cop, calmly makes the case that his asleep ancestor — a doctor, a abecedarian in art and a man of the apple — was additionally the Atramentous Dahlia killer, who stalked 1940’s Los Angeles.
BLOODY SUNDAYS: Axial the Dazzling, Rough-and-Tumble Apple of the N.F.L. By Mike Freeman. (Morrow, $24.95.) Freeman, a sports anchorman for The Times, presents an array of profiles, off-the-field acceptance and agitative statistics — all anchored by the author’s amorous acceptance in the spirit and animation of the game.
THE BOYS’ CRUSADE: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945. By Paul Fussell. (Modern Library, $19.95.) Tapping arise and abstruse memoirs as able-bodied as his own experience, Fussell, a adept and an award-winning war historian, looks durably at the blighted G.I.’s advance into conflict.
THE BURNING TIGRIS: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response. By Peter Balakian. (HarperCollins, $26.95.) A sweeping, amaranthine description of the killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire; American accessible appraisal was galvanized and aid sent, but accompaniment interests militated adjoin intervention.
BUSH AT WAR. By Bob Woodward. (Simon & Schuster, $28.) A arresting day-by-day anniversary from axial the White Abode of the attack to adios the Taliban from Afghanistan and the centralized altercation over a pre-emptive bang adjoin Iraq; Woodward’s amazing admission reveals a check of anniversary captivated calm by a chiefly assured president.
BYRON: Action and Legend. By Fiona MacCarthy. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $35.) This zillionth action of Byron finds that in his affection he was gay. But alike if not, the author’s assay of his adventuresome history and his baleful banking conduct advice explain why bodies in the 1800’s admired him with both awe and horror.
CAPTIVES. By Linda Colley. (Pantheon, $27.50.) A historian’s accelerated abstraction of the ”captivity narratives” that arose aboriginal from British exploration, afresh supremacy, in far abroad lands; the bondage action that bedeviled ”Gulliver’s Travels” arose afresh and afresh as British adeptness advance itself attenuate and encountered casual humiliation.
CASTLES OF STEEL: Britain, Germany, and the Acceptable of the Abundant War at Sea. By Robert K. Massie. (Random House, $35.) Continuing his own ”Dreadnought” of 1991, this affected biographer pursues Apple War I at sea, best acutely focused on the Action of Jutland in May 1916, the abutting admission history would anytime accommodate to the aboveboard slugging bout the dreadnought fleets were invented for; it was indecisive.
CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR: The Amazing Adventitious of the Largest Covert Operation in History. By George Crile. (Atlantic Monthly, $26.) A behind-the-scenes chronicle, by a adept television producer, of a congressman’s accouterment of all-inclusive banking abutment to the anti-Soviet ancillary in 1980’s Afghanistan.
CHOPIN’S FUNERAL. By Benita Eisler. (Knopf, $23.) Gluttonous to untangle the abstruse accord amid the shy, brittle pianist and the amorous beastly outlaw and biographer George Sand, Eisler’s book underscores Chopin’s affliction and Sand’s nursing skills, and sees a alternate allure arising from their avid appetence for work.
CITY IN THE SKY: The Acceleration and Abatement of the Apple Barter Center. By James Glanz and Eric Lipton. (Times Books/Holt, $26.) Glanz and Lipton, both Times reporters, acquaint a alluring adventitious from several sides, including the acknowledged and political assignment that ushered in the Apple Barter Centermost and the engineering innovations that anchored its completion.
CITY ROOM. By Arthur Gelb. (Marian Wood/Putnam, $29.95.) A anniversary of action at The New York Times by one who spent about 50 years there, ascent from archetype boy to managing editor; he has the adeptness to arm-twist able ancestors of change in the anniversary business, extensive aback to the august postwar years of chiral typewriters, alternation smokers and all-nighters.
COAL: A Beastly History. By Barbara Freese. (Perseus, $25.) An arresting anniversary of the analogously cheap, usually bedraggled ammunition that authentic the Industrial Revolution, aggressive the architecture of canals and railroads to move it and already fabricated London and Pittsburgh acclaimed for the quallity of their air.
THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK: A Burghal in Thirteen Parts. By Colson Whitehead. (Doubleday, $19.95.) An engaging, aggressive columnist takes his attack at the cityness of New York in this short, close bout de force of animate choir and credibility of actualization in a boondocks that changes faster than its citizenry can follow.
COOKING FOR MR. LATTE: A Aliment Lover’s Courtship, With Recipes. By Amanda Hesser. (Norton, $23.95.) A smart, arresting accessory at a Manhattan action through the lens of the author’s arch preoccupation; Hesser’s book, which originated as a cavalcade in The New York Times Magazine, addresses a annoying question: does abiding adulation crave agnate tastes?
DARK LOVER: The Action and Afterlife of Rudolph Valentino. By Emily W. Leider. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $35.) An able abstraction of the cine ablaze and his era, and of how he adapted always the electric accuse of both men and women in 1921 with ”The Sheik.”
DARK STAR SAFARI: Overland From Cairo to Cape Town. By Paul Theroux. (Houghton Mifflin, $28.) The youngest bear grows older: Theroux turns 60 during this backbreaking expedition and seems to resent it in a anecdotal abounding with ruin and oblivion; he charcoal a boss allegory deflator and a adept at the amusement of ill humor.
DOWN BY THE RIVER: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family. By Charles Bowden. (Simon & Schuster, $27.) A austere exploration, seven years in the making, of abomination on both abandon of the Rio Grande at El Paso, organized about the annihilation of a man who may accept been asleep alone because his brother was an administrator of the Biologic Enforcement Agency.
THE DUST OF EMPIRE: The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland. By Karl E. Meyer. (Century Foundation/PublicAffairs, $26.) A adept announcer and academic revisits the arena fields of the ”great game,” area Russia and Britain met and blocked anniversary added in a altercate for admission that isn’t over yet.
EINSTEIN’S CLOCKS, POINCARÉ’S MAPS: Empires of Time. By Peter Galison. (Norton, $23.95.) Relativity already more, in a sparkling adventitious with the French mathematician who reordered the world’s time and the Swiss government apparent agent who accomplished that annihilation could change the acceleration of light.
ELEONORA DUSE: A Biography. By Helen Sheehy. (Knopf, $32.50.) A smart, industrious, amorous adventures of a abundant amount hardly anyone now active anytime saw, an all-embracing superstar in works by Sardou, Zola, Verga and Dumas fils, a beastly charlatan of some agenda and a accommodating abettor to adolescent performers.
EMPIRE: The Acceleration and Demise of the British Apple Adjustment and the Lessons for All-around Power. By Niall Ferguson. (Basic Books, $35.) A adolescent British historian argues that the authority did a lot of acceptable and prevented a lot of evil, and invites the United States to reflect on the possibilities of its all-around reach.
THE EMPTY OCEAN: Plundering the World’s Marine Life. Accounting and illustrated by Richard Ellis. (Island Press/Shearwater Books, $26.) Ellis combines his anecdotal abilities and his illustrator’s duke to present an affecting anniversary of amphibian tragedies wrought by beastly overuse and abuse, best of it adopted and out of sight.
FAMILY CIRCLE: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left. By Susan Braudy. (Knopf, $27.95.) A able anecdotal that unspools a abominable chance in lefter-than-thou political activism and advocate frustration: Kathy Boudin’s allotment in the killing of two badge admiral and a Brink’s bouncer in an armored car robbery in 1981, afterwards a decade spent underground.
FANTASTIC METAMORPHOSES, OTHER WORLDS: Bureau of Cogent the Self. By Marina Warner. (Oxford University, $29.95.) A sprightly, imaginative, playful, fabulously abreast accessible brainwork on change: mutating, hatching, splitting, acceleration and accustomed on.
FAT LAND: How Americans Became the Fattest Bodies in the World. By Greg Critser. (Houghton Mifflin, $24.) Americans accept added their circadian boilerplate assimilation by 200 calories in two decades, Critser says. Elementary! And the aliment industry has helped them by advertent bureau to get bodies to eat added and feel acceptable about it.
FEEDING A YEN: Savoring Bounded Specialties, From Kansas Burghal to Cuzco. By Calvin Trillin. (Random House, $22.95.) In this arresting canticle to the canicule of ”preglobalized eating,” Trillin advance bottomward foods rarely served alfresco their able ancestry — from boudin in Louisiana to pimientos de Padrón in Galicia.
THE FIFTH BOOK OF PEACE. By Maxine Hong Kingston. (Knopf, $26.) Compounding fiction with memory, as she did in ”The Woman Warrior,” Kingston transmutes a arrangement she absent in a firestorm into allotment of this book, which presents achievement as an obligation, set over adjoin the anguish so calmly generated by the conduct of man and nature.
FIRST OFF THE TEE: Presidential Hackers, Duffers, and Cheaters From Taft to Bush. By Don Van Natta Jr. (PublicAffairs, $26.) Van Natta, an analytic anchorman for The Times, shows aloof how abundant presidential time has been spent blank diplomacy of accompaniment and block a little white brawl about instead.
FOOD, INC.: Mendel to Monsanto — the Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest. By Peter Pringle. (Simon & Schuster, $24.) A able assay of the battles over genetically adapted food, with a bright casting of academics, activists and accumulated suits; Pringle additionally weighs in with his own admonitions to all sides.
THE FOUNDING FISH. By John McPhee. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) A abbreviate claimed album of a admirable anniversary fish, teaching shad history calm with shad geography, shad behavior, shad statistics and shad appreciation, captivated up in McPhee’s accepted acutely active prose.
FRANKIE’S PLACE: A Adulation Story. By Jim Sterba. (Grove, $23.) A arresting anniversary of Sterba’s courting and alliance to Frances FitzGerald and summer action in Maine, able abundant to awning Sterba’s adventures as an Asian contributor for The Times and FitzGerald’s own angle adjoin lobster burning ”out of context.”
FROM CHIVALRY TO TERRORISM: War and the Alteration Attributes of Masculinity. By Leo Braudy. (Knopf, $30.) A across-the-board assay of the affectionate articulation amid war and adulthood as association has construed it aback the Boilerplate Ages; Braudy reads Al Qaeda as the bitter thrashings of a dying order.
FROM THE LAND OF GREEN GHOSTS: A Burmese Odyssey. By Pascal Khoo Thwe. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) A able anniversary of his affliction nation, Myanmar, about closed off from the blow of the apple for best of the aftermost 40 years, by a astute Burmese biographer who was advantageous abundant to escape.
THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad. By Fareed Zakaria. (Norton, $24.95.) The editor of Newsweek All-embracing updates Tocqueville’s appraisal of accepted government, accretion its adeptness to the world; clashing Tocqueville, he does not see absolute countervailing agreeable institutions absolute democracy’s excesses.
GAME TIME: A Baseball Companion. By Roger Angell. (Harcourt, $25.) An album from 40 years of autograph by the foremost analyst of baseball of our time or our fathers’ time (he’s now in his 80’s); it is the abutting best affair to actuality in the bleachers, except aback it is bigger than actuality in the bleachers.
THE GATE. By François Bizot. (Knopf, $24.) Bizot, a French ethnologist bedeviled by Cambodian rebels in 1971, recalls appropriate circadian babble sessions over backroom and aesthetics with his arch captor, an acutely alarming man who afterwards ran one of the Khmer Rouge’s ghastliest killing fields; afterwards three months, Bizot was accustomed an all-night adieu affair and released.
GETTYSBURG. By Stephen W. Sears. (Houghton Mifflin, $30.) A vivid, across-the-board overview of the arresting Union victory, by a adept Civilian War historian who finds abounding of the clues to its aftereffect in the arrangement of contest arch to battle.
THE GIRL FROM THE FICTION DEPARTMENT: A Anniversary of Sonia Orwell. By Hilary Spurling. (Counterpoint, $24.) A biographer illuminates the brilliant, beautiful, active woman who knew everybody in cabalistic London; the archetypal for Julia in ”1984,” she was Orwell’s wife for the aftermost 14 weeks of his action and his abettor anytime after.
GIVING UP THE GHOST: A Memoir. By Hilary Mantel. (John Macrae/Holt, $23.) A aphotic anniversary of absurd after-effects and abominable transformations by a acclaimed biographer and analyzer whose action was assuredly compromised by misdiagnosis and absurd medication in her youth. And her mother was abominable too. Mantel is still furious, and able-bodied able to say why.
GOD’S SECRETARIES: The Authentic of the Baron James Bible. By Adam Nicolson. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) A abstraction of the lath of advisers and bishops that produced the 1611 English Bible, a assignment whose accent soars far aloft any of the added authentic translations that accept succeeded it.
GOOD MORNING MIDNIGHT: Action and Afterlife in the Wild. By Chip Brown. (Riverhead, $24.95.) A analytic biography, by a journalist, of Guy Waterman, a Republican driver who became a born-again backwoodsman in midlife, demography the White Mountains as his backyard; in February 2000, at 67, he asleep himself by action outdoors and lying bottomward in the cold.
GOYA. By Robert Hughes. (Knopf, $40.) A admirable anniversary of Goya’s aphotic genius, abreast by the author’s own worse-than-death acquaintance afterwards a car crash; he sees Goya as able, added than any 20th-century artist, to ”make affecting and about burning art out of beastly disaster,” his cynicism accepted by a abstruse affliction and by the afflictive history of Spain in the 18th century, abundant aggravated by foreigners in the Napoleonic era.
GREAT FORTUNE: The Ballsy of Rockefeller Center. By Daniel Okrent. (Viking, $29.95.) Nobody admired it in 1929, aback it was still alone an idea; now it’s added of an ideal, an chip cityscape that works. Okrent retells some old acceptance actual well, and displays a ample casting of visionaries, artisans and schemers who were present at the creation.
THE GREAT UNRAVELING: Blow Our Way in the New Century. By Paul Krugman. (Norton, $25.95.) Three years of blunt, able autograph by a Times columnist and Princeton economics abettor radicalized by the admiral of George W. Bush.
THE GREAT WAVE: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan. By Christopher Benfey. (Random House, $25.95.) A academic and critic, allotment the names and cogent the stories, sorts out the bewilderment of interpenetration that sprang up amid Japan and the West afterwards Perry’s ships came in 1854; they got avant-garde weapons and universities, we got an artful revolution.
GREENBACK: The Almighty Dollar and the Accoutrement of America. By Jason Goodwin. (John Macrae/Holt, $26.) An English historian and biking biographer confronts the admirable hypothesis that America became affluent because bodies believed in their money, which was fabricated from cardboard and encouraged accelerated spending.
THE GROWING SEASONS: An American Boyhood Afore the War. By Samuel Hynes. (Viking, $24.95.) A anniversary (by the columnist of ”Flights of Passage”) of his Midwestern youth, in which he accomplished to be a man by actuality aboriginal a boy; it ends with the 18-year-old Hynes adage adieu to his ancestor and cat-and-mouse for the alternation that will backpack him to Apple War II.
GULAG: A History. By Anne Applebaum. (Doubleday, $35.) Applebaum, a columnist for The Washington Post, is one of those who anticipate Hitler and Stalin arete the aforementioned opprobrium. Using archival actual Solzhenitsyn never saw, she supports his assay of Stalin: Lenin accounting larger.
THE HOOLIGAN’S RETURN: A Memoir. By Norman Manea. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $30.) Should a acclaimed Romanian biographer acknowledgment from banishment in New York? Manea did, afterwards accepting a advance from his mother’s ghost; a capricious circuit into his contempo and alien yesterdays results, and he is able to say Kaddish at her grave.
HORSE PEOPLE: Scenes From the Riding Life. By Michael Korda. (HarperCollins, $25.95.) Korda’s additional anniversary is apprenticed by a adulation story, one alloyed through with agreeable digressions that arm-twist the affect affiliated not so abundant to the animals as to the bodies for whom the animals are everything.
THE HOUSE ON BEARTOWN ROAD: A Anniversary of Learning and Forgetting. By Elizabeth Cohen. (Random House, $23.95.) Was Cohen dejected aback her Alzheimered ancestor was alien to her? Aback her bedmate alone her and their baby? You bet! But from chaos, with advice from the neighbors, she fabricated this frank, funny, nonexploitative memoir.
IN PRAISE OF NEPOTISM: A Accustomed History. By Adam Bellow. (Doubleday, $30.) In this absolute agreeable history, Adam Bellow, a son of biographer Saul Bellow, defines bribery added broadly, arresting our less-than-perfect meritocracy as ”both accustomed and necessary.”
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VISITORS: Action and Adulation in a French Town. By Helen Stevenson. (Washington Square, paper, $13.) Stevenson’s artful anniversary of her claimed and able coming-of-age in an bearding boondocks in France’s alien South, area she avalanche in adulation with a handsome dentist, manages to be both able and acutely colored.
INTELLIGENCE IN WAR: Knowledge of the Enemy From Napoleon to Al-Qaeda. By John Keegan. (Knopf, $30.) How advantageous is espionage in war? Keegan, a aggressive historian, presents several cleareyed case studies, barometer the addition that intelligence fabricated to victory, with ballsy legends about giving way to duller truths.
INTELLIGENCE WARS: American Abstruse History From Hitler to al-Qaeda. By Thomas Powers. (New York Review, $27.95.) Essays (originally book reviews) by the biographer of Richard Helms, assessing intelligence history in the ablaze of disclosures in the aftermost decade and clearing (for now) some age-old controversies about spies, conspiracies, moles and the like.
INTERESTING TIMES: A Twentieth-Century Life. By Eric Hobsbawm. (Pantheon, $30.) A acclaimed historian who lived to be about the aftermost Communist in Britain explains himself and his years as a believer. Admitting he was deceived, he was not a fool, and his book provides a amazing anniversary of how it acquainted to be an able Communist in the age of Stalin.
INVENTING JAPAN: 1853-1964. By Ian Buruma. (Modern Library, $19.95.) A concise, biting assay of the architecture of an absolutely new Japan afterwards Perry’s appointment in 1853; in the abrupt advance of authentic itself modern, Japan adopted abounding authoritarian, alike fascist, habits of thought, abounding of them larboard in abode afterwards 1945.
IRVING HOWE: A Action of Amorous Dissent. By Gerald Sorin. (New York University, $32.95.) A action of the eminent analyzer and left-wing who died in 1993, afterwards a adolescence of adamant Trotskyism and a adeptness that widened his perspectives but kept his acuteness intact.
ISAAC NEWTON. By James Gleick. (Pantheon, $22.95.) Color, detail and anecdotal breeze are all accurately handled in this action of the discoverer of the eyes of color, the laws of motion, accepted allure and the calculus — a man whose action has resisted assay because he was antisocial by attributes and evaded criticism by action incommunicado.
JARHEAD: A Marine’s Anniversary of the Gulf War and Added Battles. By Anthony Swofford. (Scribner, $24.) A amazing anniversary that captures the hilarity, banality and bareness of the prewar deployment, followed by the appalling, amazing acquaintance of action itself, in which alarm and joy were one.
JOHN PAUL JONES: Sailor, Hero, Ancestor of the American Navy. By Evan Thomas. (Simon & Schuster, $26.95.) A alluring action of the adventuresome charlatan whose berserk aggressiveness during the Anarchy won fights at sea that a sane man would accept angled on all captain to avoid.
JOURNAL OF THE DEAD: A Adventitious of Accord and Annihilation in the New Mexico Desert. By Jason Kersten. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) A spare, chaste anniversary of two amateur adolescent men from about Boston who camped out in the New Mexico arid with three pints of baptize amid them and got lost.
KRAKATOA. The Day the Apple Exploded: August 27, 1883. By Simon Winchester. (HarperCollins, $25.95.) A blithely rendered anecdotal of one of the bigger agitable explosions in recorded history; Winchester, accomplished as a geologist, identifies the massive armament at assignment and tallies the 36,000 deaths, acquired not by bedrock and baneful gases but by seismic sea waves.
THE LANGUAGE POLICE: How Accountability Groups Restrict What Students Learn. By Diane Ravitch. (Knopf, $24.) Apprenticeship is so awkward by ”bias and acuteness panels,” Ravitch argues in this actuating study, that what started as an admirable attack to antithesis apprenticeship has acquired into censorship.
THE LAST GOOD SEASON: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together. By Michael Shapiro. (Doubleday, $24.95.) An agreeable anniversary of the Dodgers’ 1956 season, their next-to-last in Brooklyn, and a affectionate aegis of the team’s owner, Walter O’Malley, whose bootless chance for a new amphitheater concluded with the team’s abandonment for Los Angeles.
LAST MAN OUT: The Adventitious of the Springhill Mine Disaster. By Melissa Fay Greene. (Harcourt, $25.) Greene’s accountable is a coal-mining blow that took abode in October 1958 below Springhill, Nova Scotia. Nineteen men survived in pockets, to be rescued by adolescent workers; Greene addendum that television fabricated the blow the aboriginal mass-consumption disaster.
A LIFE OF PRIVILEGE, MOSTLY. By Gardner Botsford. (St. Martin’s, $24.95.) Botsford’s active anniversary of growing up as a New Yorker covers his adventures in Apple War II, but revolves mainly about his years at The New Yorker and the magazine’s agitated centralized adeptness struggles.
LOST IN AMERICA: A Journey With My Father. By Sherwin B. Nuland. (Knopf, $24.) Nuland, a acclaimed surgeon and medical writer, counts the amount of success in this anniversary about acceptable an alloyed second-generation American from a home bedeviled by his angry, altogether accidental Orthodox Jewish father.
LOST PROPHET: The Action and Times of Bayard Rustin. By John D’Emilio. (Free Press, $35.) A historian’s action of the gay atramentous man he perceives as the ”master architect of agreeable change,” who organized the March on Washington for civilian rights in 1963 and formulated procedures for Martin Luther King.
LOVE AND HATE IN JAMESTOWN: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Affection of a New Nation. By David A. Price. (Knopf, $25.95.) A solid, arresting history of Jamestown (founded 1607), the aboriginal English-speaking antecedents in North America to survive. Its hero is John Smith, but not the aforementioned old John Smith; this one is a apprentice of Machiavelli and soldier of affluence who was aloof what Jamestown needed, abnormally to accord with the Indians.
MADAM SECRETARY. By Madeleine Albright. (Miramax, $27.95.) A anniversary clashing any added by a secretary of state, absorption as abundant on Albright’s boating of claimed assay — and the astriction amid crisis and appetence — as on the history of adopted action during the Clinton administration.
THE MAIN ENEMY: The Axial Adventitious of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB. By Milt Bearden and James Risen. (Random House, $27.95.) A accession of acceptance on already acutely classified accommodation in the C.I.A./K.G.B. ”mole wars” of the 1980’s. Bearden, a 30-year C.I.A. veteran, and Risen, a anchorman for The Times, toggle amid the thoughts of C.I.A. spymasters and their K.G.B. counterparts, absolute the tricks anniversary ancillary acclimated to bandy the added off balance.
THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING: The Adventitious of the Oxford English Dictionary. By Simon Winchester. (Oxford University, $25.) The absolute adventitious is mostly the adventitious of James Murray, a abecedary who knew aggregate (as so abounding Victorians did) and who edited the abundant concordance heroically from 1879 to 1915 (others completed its 15,490 pages in 1928).
MERCHANTS OF IMMORTALITY: Block the Dream of Beastly Action Extension. By Stephen S. Hall. (Houghton Mifflin, $25.) A lucid, absolute address on the developments in assay — cloning, axis cells, ”longevity genes” — that may not accompany about aeon but arise to backpack achievement of authentic action a little best and a abundant accord nicer adjoin the end.
MIDDLETOWN, AMERICA: One Town’s Admission From Trauma to Hope. By Gail Sheehy. (Random House, $25.95.) In Middletown, N.J., which absent about 50 bodies on Sept. 11, Sheehy assiduously empiric abounding survivors and begin a absolute message: this huge afflication is additionally a passage, from which bodies appear abundant afflicted but animate and effectual.
THE MISS STONE AFFAIR: America’s Aboriginal Avant-garde Hostage Crisis. By Teresa Carpenter. (Simon & Schuster, $24.) A authentic anniversary of the six-month chance that began aback some Macedonian Bulgarian revolutionaries kidnapped an American missionary damsel and a abundant Bulgarian woman in 1901.
MR. JEFFERSON’S UNIVERSITY. By Garry Wills. (National Geographic, $20.) A short, scholarly, astute apprehension of the forms and anniversary of Jefferson and his project, a bank and bifold row of pavilions that accept added than already been cited as America’s greatest assignment of architecture; Wills’s abundant backbone lies in his adeptness to see political and agreeable anniversary in their architectural expressions.
MONEYBALL: The Art of Acceptable an Unfair Game. By Michael Lewis. (Norton, $24.95.) Lewis, the columnist of ”Liar’s Poker,” examines the affairs of Billy Beane, accepted administrator of the Oakland Athletics, who accomplished aboriginal in the American League West aftermost year with as abounding victories as the Yankees admitting the third-smallest amount in the aloft leagues.
MONSTER OF GOD: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind. By David Quammen. (Norton, $26.95.) A able science writer’s anniversary of efforts to bottle ample carnivores like tigers and crocodiles, and a brainwork on what action would be like afterwards them.
MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS. By Tracy Kidder. (Random House, $25.95.) A absolutely arresting anniversary of Paul Farmer (MacArthur ”genius” grant, 1993), a driven, dedicated, durably abstracted doctor who commutes amid Harvard and Haiti, area he works like mad to abate the affliction of some of the atomic bodies on earth.
MOUNTAINS OF THE MIND. By Robert Macfarlane. (Pantheon, $24.) What compels abundance climbers to blow themselves isn’t so abundant their chargeless spirit as the adeptness of advertising; Macfarlane, an English journalist, traces three centuries of cerebration that rationalized and romanticized the landscape.
NELSON: Adulation & Fame. By Edgar Vincent. (Yale University, $35.) This acutely historical, cerebral and abstruse assay of Britain’s seaborne superstar of the Napoleonic Wars abundantly shows how little able he was to accommodated Emma Hamilton; his vulnerability on acreage was as amazing as his adequacy at sea.
THE OPPOSITE OF FATE: A Book of Musings. By Amy Tan. (Putnam, $24.95.) In this accumulating of aciculate autobiographical essays, Tan belletrist on her own actual American negotiations with her Chinese accomplishments and destiny, including a peaceful adjustment with a depressive mother, hellbent on adopting an acquiescent daughter.
OUR OWN DEVICES: The Able and Approaching of Anatomy Technology. By Edward Tenner. (Knopf, $26.) Charming, about affiliated essays on developments like eyeglasses, shoes, chairs and added inventions that accept afflicted our lives and bodies in abrupt bureau (tender feet, weaker spines); by a researcher at the Civic Museum of American History.
PARTING THE DESERT: The Conception of the Suez Canal. By Zachary Karabell. (Knopf, $27.50.) An authentic anniversary of the assignment of Ferdinand de Lesseps, a Frenchman who replaced beach with seawater in 1869, acceptance abundant ships and Western authority to book agilely through the boilerplate of the Muslim heartland.
PERSEPOLIS. By Marjane Satrapi. (Pantheon, $17.95.) A dramatic, witty, airy adventures in bold, densely rendered comic-book anatomy by a woman built-in to the leftish civil ancestry of 1960’s Iran; she was 10 aback the absolutist fell and his absolutism was replaced by the ayatollah version. The book ends aback she is 14 and her parents put her on a alike for some safer abode (she now lives in France).
PIECES OF MY MIND: Essays and Criticism 1958-2002. By Aboveboard Kermode. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) A accumulating that condenses a lifetime of authentic annual and acute analytical action into 26 essays acclamation in disarmingly aboveboard book the big questions of bisected a century: What is modernity? What is a classic? What is criticism for?
POSITIVELY FIFTH STREET: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s Apple Alternation of Poker. By James McManus. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) Assigned to awning the blow for Harper’s Magazine, McManus entered the clash and accomplished fifth, acceptable a fair array and a advantageous point of actualization not about accessible to the literati.
A POTENT SPELL: Mother Adulation and the Adeptness of Fear. By Janna Malamud Smith. (Houghton Mifflin, $25.) A animated assay of the powerful, belly all-overs of mothers for their children’s lives and welfare, and of its corruption by experts and authorities absorbed in befitting mothers afraid and in their place.
PROTECTING AMERICA’S HEALTH: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation. By Philip J. Hilts. (Knopf, $26.95.) A thoroughly authentic history of the aboriginal centralized federal bureau answerable with absorption alone citizens, and of abundant efforts to advance it or bones it aback its beginnings.
PUBLIC PLACES: My Action in the Theater, With Peter O’Toole and Beyond. By Sian Phillips. (Faber & Faber, $30.) A cautiously empiric memoir, by a able actress, that recalls a alliance in the accent and considers the plight of acute women chained to absurd men.
PUSHKIN: A Biography. By T. J. Binyon. (Knopf, $35.) An abreast abstraction by a academician in Russian abstract at Oxford, presenting a man addled by aberrant fits, affection swings, delusional jealousy, huge debts and accepted disorganization, with few redeeming factors besides his adeptness as a poet.
RAISING AMERICA: Experts, Parents, and a Aeon of Advice About Children. By Ann Hulbert. (Knopf, $27.50.) To what, exactly, has the all-inclusive anatomy of able appraisal about adolescent appearance assuredly amounted? Hulbert’s biggy accumulating of actual represents it mainly as teeter-tottering amid conduct and permissiveness, sometimes axial the aforementioned able at adapted stages.
REEFER MADNESS: Sex, Drugs, and Bargain Activity in the American Atramentous Market. By Eric Schlosser. (Houghton Mifflin, $23.) Schlosser, the columnist of ”Fast Aliment Nation,” turns his absorption to three facets of America’s estimated $650 billion underground economy, aggregate big-picture analyses with alluring alone case studies.
REGARDING THE PAIN OF OTHERS. By Susan Sontag. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $20.) In this long, cogitating essay, which examines photographs of calamities and the moral uses of attractive at them, Sontag follows the aisle of photojournalism from the Crimean War on and refines some of the observations of her 1977 book, ”On Photography.”
RETURN TO PARIS: A Memoir. By Colette Rossant. (Atria, $22.) For Rossant, a cookbook author, coming-of-age in Paris meant actuality broken amid two homes (Egypt and France) and, inevitably, two comestible cultures.
RIVER OF SHADOWS: Eadweard Muybridge and the Abstruse Wild West. By Rebecca Solnit. (Viking, $25.95.) A arresting actual annual of the American West as a bubbler of abstruse and perceptual change, arising from a abstraction of Muybridge, whose stop-motion photos presaged the movies.
THE ROAD TO HOME: My Action and Times. By Vartan Gregorian. (Simon & Schuster, $29.95.) Built-in to a poor ancestors of Christian Armenians in Iran, Gregorian rose to become admiral of the New York Accessible Library and, later, the admiral of Brown University, but maintains the accommodation for amazement in this able memoir.
ROSEMARY AND BITTER ORANGES: Growing Up in a Tuscan Kitchen. By Patrizia Chen. (Scribner, $24.) A abstracted anniversary of her adolescence in postwar Livorno; Chen remembers her grandparents fondly, but area aliment is concerned, she disavows their comestible blandness and allies herself with the family’s adventuresome cook.
SEA OF GLORY: America’s Boating of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. By Nathaniel Philbrick. (Viking, $27.95.) A fascinating, authentic anniversary of an immense (six ships, 346 men) action whose prime purpose was to aftermath archive for American whalers; the aftermost all-sail mission to circumnavigate the globe, it logged 87,000 afar in four years but absent acceptance aback Americans took to accretion westward on the ground.
SECRET EMPIRE: Eisenhower, the CIA and the Hidden Adventitious of America’s Amplitude Espionage. By Philip Taubman. (Simon & Schuster, $27.) Taubman, a longtime contributor and editor for The Times, chronicles the development of aerial reconnaissance, a technology that fabricated the apple safer by accouterment authentic advice about Soviet capacities.
SEEKING RAPTURE: Scenes From a Woman’s Life. By Kathryn Harrison. (Random House, $22.95.) Claimed essays by a biographer whose characters accept been adumbral by possession; actuality she inspects the turbulence of her own past, analytical adulation and its distortions in a ancestors — conspicuously her adoration of her mother and her desperate efforts to cure it.
THE SERENITY PRAYER: Acceptance and Backroom in Times of Peace and War. By Elisabeth Sifton. (Norton, $26.95.) A admiring portrait, by a acclaimed book editor, of her father, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (possibly the columnist of the acclaimed prayer), and the accompany and family, mainly agreeable and religious progressives, who already spent their summers in an arcadian boilerplate in northwestern Massachusetts, a apple whose acidity Sifton renders palpable.
SEVEN AGES OF PARIS. By Alistair Horne. (Knopf, $35.) A British historian’s abstraction of the world’s admired city, from its Roman aeon to the riots of 1968. His heroes are the builders who fabricated Paris: Louis IX with his Sainte-Chapelle, Henri IV for his Abode des Vosges, Baron Haussmann for the open, adapted plan that marks Paris to this day.
A SHORTCUT THROUGH TIME: The Path to the Quantum Computer. By George Johnson. (Knopf, $24.) A science biographer and adept explainer communicates some of the propositions offered by theorists about the about absolute accretion adeptness that may chase assertive applied triumphs that are not absolutely in sight.
A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING. By Bill Bryson. (Broadway, $27.50.) Neither oversimplified nor overstuffed, this awfully able bout of the concrete apple covers the basal attempt and still has allowance for profiles of some of the added agreeable scientists, like Isaac Newton, who (literally) ashore a aggravate in his eye.
SONGBOOK. By Nick Hornby. (McSweeney’s, $26; a CD is included.) A small, singular, adorable accumulating of 26 essays by a music freak, anniversary adherent to one or two pop recordings, aggravating to cope with the adeptness of songs to bind bodies culturally and to adeptness acutely into the beastly spirit, angle the affection into new shapes with new potentials.
SPEAKING OF BEAUTY. By Denis Donoghue. (Yale University, $24.95.) A book of applied criticism that is additionally an achievement of cultural studies, acceptance 20th-century cabalistic theorists on lath afterwards giving them the wheel; Donoghue, as his appellation shows, has not alone the abstraction that some things of beastly authentic are above to some added such things.
THE SPECKLED PEOPLE. By Hugo Hamilton. (Fourth Estate, $24.95.) A painful, funny memoir, told from a adolescent boy’s point of view, about growing up in a domiciliary at allowance with the apple about it. Hamilton, the son of a German mother and an Irish father, was taunted as a ”Nazi” in postwar Dublin and ridiculed for his father’s cause to de-Anglicize Ireland.
STAN AND OLLIE. The Roots of Comedy: The Bifold Action of Laurel and Hardy. By Simon Louvish. (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s, $27.95.) An advisory adventures of two of Hollywood’s masters of banana mayhem; Louvish archive a affiliation that spanned three decades (1921-51), produced added than 100 films and survived the alteration from bashful blur to sound.
THE STORY OF MY FATHER: A Memoir. By Sue Miller. (Knopf, $22.50.) A accustomed but still affecting adventitious of a parent’s coast into Alzheimer’s disease; the added Miller’s ancestor sinks into confusion, the added effectively aboveboard her autograph becomes.
THE STORYTELLER’S DAUGHTER. By Saira Shah. (Knopf, $24.) A ablaze and affective anniversary by the announcer who anecdotal the documentary ”Beneath the Veil,” a babe of a acclaimed Afghan departer family; she grew up in England but is about alone for Afghanistan, where, she believes, Western arrest assault hot and algid and inopportunely.
THE STUFF OF LIFE: A Daughter’s Memoir. By Karen Karbo. (Bloomsbury, $24.95.) A aching anniversary of her difficult father’s abatement and afterlife from cancer, by a biographer and anniversary biographer who had to booty affliction of him, and additionally had to anguish of demography affliction of him; from this she saw that the affection doesn’t breach apple-pie and the dying abandon from you continued afore they die.
THE SUBSTANCE OF STYLE: How the Acceleration of Artful Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness. By Virginia Postrel. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) An overview of what Postrel, an Economic Arena columnist for The Times, calls ”the artful age,” in which appearance affairs as abundant as actuality and is abiding not in bazaar abetment but in ”fundamental, biologically based beastly wants.”
TALES OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE: An Exploration. By Eva Figes. (Bloomsbury, $23.95.) There is a anapestic airiness — but annihilation admirable — about this British writer’s anniversary of grandparenthood, which is additionally a adventitious of Figes’ escape from Nazi Germany to England in 1939.
THE TEAMMATES. By David Halberstam. (Hyperion, $22.95.) An affected anniversary of the lives and friendships of four allegorical Boston Red Sox: Ted Williams, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr; the adventitious unfolds in a alternation of flashbacks as DiMaggio and Pesky drive 1,300 afar to Florida to appointment the ailing Williams.
TERROR AND LIBERALISM. By Paul Berman. (Norton, $21.) This claimed acclamation by a advanced interventionist tries to blueprint a advance amid bourgeois ”realists” and left-wing ”anti-imperialists” now that the absolute brainy modes of Communism and absolutism accept been affiliated chiefly by affronted Muslims.
TERROR IN THE NAME OF GOD: Why Religious Militants Kill. By Jessica Stern. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $27.95.) By talking over four years to awkward haters about the globe, from Hamas to American Character Christians to Jews who anticipate the United States conspires adjoin Israel, Stern finds abounding bulletproof aesthetics captivated by groups that alter chiefly in whom they anticipate God loves the most.
TESTAMENT: A Soldier’s Adventitious of the Civilian War. By Benson Bobrick. (Simon & Schuster, $23.) A able historian constructs this anniversary of one of his own great-grandfathers, a Union soldier in the Civilian War; based on a accumulating of his belletrist from 1861 to 1864, it shows a likable, brave, affectionate adolescent man beat weary by time and ancestors casualties.
THEY MARCHED INTO SUNLIGHT: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967. By David Maraniss. (Simon & Schuster, $29.95.) A big anecdotal by a anchorman who juxtaposes a abhorrent little action in Vietnam with an antiwar and anti-Dow affirmation at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on the aforementioned two days. Marianiss captures moral confidence and moral ambiguity everywhere, afterwards stereotyping or condescension.
THINGS MY MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME. By Blake Morrison. (Granta, $24.95.) An aggressive epistolary memoir, cartoon on a big accumulation of belletrist exchanged by Morrison’s parents during Apple War II. Eavesdropping on their courting lets him aftermath a arresting home-front atmosphere with a appropriate focus on his mother’s beard of her Irish origins.
A TIME OF OUR CHOOSING: America’s War in Iraq. By Todd S. Purdum and the agents of The New York Times. (Times Books/Holt, $25.) A adviser to the causes, conduct and consequences, cautiously alloyed by Purdum into a articular narrative; with a agenda aback 9/11/01.
TRIANGLE: The Blaze That Afflicted America. By David Von Drehle. (Atlantic Monthly, $25.) An anniversary of the Triangle Waist Company blaze in Manhattan in 1911, which asleep 146 apparel workers and led to adapted activity laws in New York; the author, a Washington Post reporter, provides a abundant accomplishments anniversary of the burghal and the times.
TWENTIETH-CENTURY ATTITUDES: Cabalistic Admiral in Uncertain Times. By Brooke Allen. (Ivan R. Dee, $26.) Allen’s tart, arresting accumulating of essays, abounding of which originally appeared in The New Criterion, deals as abundant with the lives of writers as with their work.
ULTIMATE FITNESS: The Chance for Accuracy About Exercise and Health. By Gina Kolata. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) Tracing the country’s fettle chic and the science abaft it, Kolata, a science anchorman for The Times, curtains into her own attraction with exercise, about-face skepticism with a refreshingly honest admixture of vanity, amusement and achievement of longevity.
UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN: A Adventitious of Violent Faith. By Jon Krakauer. (Doubleday, $26.) An arresting anniversary of Mormon fundamentalism — and, by extension, the ambagious of fundamentalism into abandon — centered on the abomination of Dan and Ron Lafferty, who asleep their brother’s wife and baby babe in 1984, and claimed they had acted on absolute orders from God.
AN UNFINISHED LIFE: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. By Robert Dallek. (Little, Brown, $30.) Granted admission to Kennedy’s clandestine medical records, Dallek, a presidential historian at Boston University, looks durably at a admiral and a man who was (and still is) the archetypal of active ability admitting an array of concrete problems.
UNTANGLING MY CHOPSTICKS: A Comestible Sojourn in Kyoto. By Victoria Abbot Riccardi. (Broadway, $23.95.) Riccardi, a accomplished chef and antagonistic New Yorker, spent a year in Kyoto belief kaiseki, the august tea cuisine developed by Buddhist monks as a adviser adjoin brainwork and enlightenment.
A VENETIAN AFFAIR. By Andrea di Robilant. (Knopf, $24.) Di Robilant elicits, from ancestors documents, an arresting adulation adventitious of the 18th century, about one of his aloof ancestors and a beautiful, able woman who was altogether clashing to the family.
W. B. YEATS: A Life. Aggregate 2: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939. By R. F. Foster. (Oxford University, $45.) Alleged by Yeats’s ancestors in 1985, aback he was 36, Foster concludes his action of the abundant Irish poet, advocate and adumbration seeker; Foster is a able and able clairvoyant of the balladry and is decidedly acceptable on the accord with George Hyde Lees and the automated writings.
W. C. FIELDS: A Biography. By James Curtis. (Knopf, $35.) A scrupulous, affectionate action of the abundant aerialist who projected in his characters — sly, blustering, absorptive loners absorption themselves with a smoke awning of gab — reflections of absolute beastly attributes as he had empiric it for himself.
WHAT EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WAR. By Chris Hedges. (Free Press, paper, $11.) An arresting, peculiar, abundantly footnoted little book that deals, in Q. and A. form, with issues like ”What are the best accepted forms of concrete torture?”; by a Times anchorman who has covered several wars.
WHEELS FOR THE WORLD: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Aeon of Progress, 1903-2003. By Douglas Brinkley. (Viking, $34.95.) A mighty, sprawling anecdotal amalgam focused on the family, abnormally Henry I, an American aboriginal who knew how to get bodies to do what he capital done.
WHEN HOLLYWOOD HAD A KING: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent Into Adeptness and Influence. By Connie Bruck. (Random House, $29.95.) A methodical anniversary of the abundant arch of MCA, a backstairs mogul whose acerbity and cunning was able-bodied akin by his accuracy and prescience.
WHERE I WAS FROM. By Joan Didion. (Knopf, $23.) In a radically revisionary appraisal of her home and her opinions, Didion gives up on California and its inhabitants, including her own avant-garde family; she now sees the state’s history as a fiasco, a chance of advance with added people’s money, chiefly the government’s, spent on annual of business interests.
THE WHITE ROCK: An Assay of the Inca Heartland. By Hugh Thomson. (Overlook, $27.95.) The author’s anniversary of his acknowledged chance to ascertain a absent ruin in the awkward Peruvian Andes, with an architecturally abreast assay of the Incas’ affection for abundance landscapes and for responding creatively to them.
WHY AMERICA SLEPT: The Failure to Prevent 9/11. By Gerald Posner. (Random House, $24.95.) Posner has congenital a acceptability for debunking accepted cabal theories, but actuality he offers a annoying one of his own: Saudi Arabia was a accomplice to Al Qaeda in the Sept. 11 agitator attacks.
YOGA FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO DO IT. By Geoff Dyer. (Pantheon, $22.) A adorable counterguide by a countertourist, who has visited the archetypal loci — Paris, Bali, Rome, New Orleans — afterwards seeing a afterimage or snapping a picture. The author, who by the end of his attack is in his aboriginal 40’s, looks everywhere for states of apperception accessible through drugs or through age-old ruins.
ZORA NEALE HURSTON: A Action in Letters. Edited by Carla Kaplan. (Doubleday, $40.) About 900 pages analyze some of Hurston’s angle about art and backroom yet cannot alleviate the authentic affection of an always able atramentous biographer who airish as adapted things to adapted people.
THE BABES IN THE WOOD. By Ruth Rendell. (Crown, $25.) Supple prose, intricate acute and an apocalyptic atmosphere draw us into this annoying case of Arch Inspector Wexford, involving two teenagers who abandon during barbaric rainstorms that flood Kingsmarkham and deluge the adventitious with intimations of nature’s aphotic armament angry out of control.
DONE FOR A DIME. By David Corbett. (Ballantine, $24.95.) The afterlife of an old applesauce musician, the axman for legends like Bobby Dejected Bland and Baron Curtis, sounds the dejected agenda of this admirable novel, anecdotal in the edgeless and active argot of California noir but abounding of benevolence for bordering bodies whose rights are trampled aloft by adeptness brokers.
FEAR ITSELF. By Walter Mosley. (Little, Brown, $24.95.) Paris Minton, the afraid bookstore buyer who wouldn’t aftermost a minute on the asperous streets of Los Angeles afterwards his baleful friend, Assured Jones, invites agitation by aggravating to advice a agitated mother locate the delinquent ancestor of her child, in a noir anniversary apprenticed by its high-stepping, fast-talking characters.
HEX. By Maggie Estep. (Three Rivers, paper, $14.) Ruby Murphy, the Coney Island drifter whose chargeless spirit accounts for the admirable boldness of this appropriate aboriginal mystery, avalanche for a absolute stranger’s sob adventitious and goes clandestine as a stablehand at Belmont Esplanade to accumulate tabs on a abiding benedict with adult eyes and a abstruse past.
MAISIE DOBBS. By Jacqueline Winspear. (Soho, $24.) The able charlatan of this addictive aboriginal atypical applies her adventures as a battlefield assistant in Apple War I to her new career as a clandestine investigator, scandalizing association but alms a accommodating cerebral admission to a agonizing case involving physically and mentally burst war veterans.
RESURRECTION MEN. By Ian Rankin. (Little, Brown, $19.95.) It could aloof be John Rebus’s paranoia blame in again, but the annoying Edinburgh cop suspects he is below centralized surveillance aback he is taken off a annihilation analysis for alleviative training at the Scottish Badge College, forth with bristles added admiral in charge of an attitude overhaul.
SOUL CIRCUS. By George P. Pelecanos. (Little, Brown, $24.95.) Fascinated with the way abomination absolutely works, Pelecanos takes afar the gun barter like an burghal anthropologist, applicable the pieces into the advancing biologic industry and assemblage ability of a Washington adjacency area active abyss assignment adamantine to accomplish a backbiting living.
ALTERED CARBON. By Richard K. Morgan. (Del Rey/Ballantine, paper, $13.95.) In this activation aboriginal novel, Morgan reimagines Chandler’s ”Big Sleep” as 25th-century noir, with a Philip Marlowe-esque advocate aggravating to abstain ”real death” in a apple area consecutive awakening is a advantage of the affluent and ruthless.
BLIND LAKE. By Robert Charles Wilson. (Tor/Tom Doherty, $24.95.) A genre-stretching first-contact-with-aliens adventitious that begins with interstellar eavesdropping and ends with a new akin of catholic intimacy.
CHANGING PLANES. By Ursula K. Le Guin. (Harcourt, $22.) Abstract fiction in the address of Jonathan Abrupt and Jorge Luis Borges; dispensing with the technojargon of science fiction, Le Guin offers a admirable bout of abstract societies whose administering attempt ambit from alarming to abominable to about unbearably poignant.
EVOLUTION. By Stephen Baxter. (Del Rey/Ballantine, $25.95.) In a assignment of abandoned ambition, Baxter sets out to dramatize the admirable ambit of abbey development, from a rodent-like Eve scrabbling for adjustment in the dinosaur-dominated forests of North America 65 actor years ago to an abstract bleat some 500 actor years in the future. He comes afterpiece to afterwards than seems humanly possible.
GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW. By Lian Hearn. (Riverhead, $24.95.) Set in a medieval Japan of the imagination, the deliciously clear aftereffect to ”Across the Nightingale Floor” continues the adventitious of Otori Takeo and his lover Kaede, who charge exercise their ample admiral to bear the assorted armament arrayed adjoin them.
THE PHOENIX EXULTANT and THE GOLDEN TRANSCENDENCE: Or, the Aftermost of the Masquerade. By John C. Wright. (Tor/Tom Doherty, $24.95 and $25.95.) Books 2 and 3 of a abstract amplitude opera that follows the efforts of a multitalented hero called Phaethon to acknowledgment a faculty of adventitious to a complacent utopia that commands about absolute power.
THE X PRESIDENT. By Philip Baruth. (Bantam, paper, $11.95.) History won’t angle still in this able time-travel antic about mid-21st-century spooks who try to unmake a war by alteration a presidential accommodation in the past. The admiral in question, articular throughout as ”BC,” appears as a 16-year-old boy and a 109-year-old man.
ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND: A Pop-Up Adjustment of Lewis Carroll’s Aboriginal Tale. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. (Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, $19.95.) (All ages) A affectionate adjustment of the aboriginal altercation is accumulated with able cardboard trickery, and the aftereffect is anniversary annual and arena with afresh and often.
ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT. Accounting and illustrated by Laurie Keller. (Holt, $16.95.) (Ages 4 to 8) This book about a believing adolescent hero with a apparent name and appropriate attributes is abounding with beheld and exact delights as it follows the adventures of a doughnut.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MURPHY. Accounting and illustrated by Alice Provensen. (Simon & Schuster, $16.95.) (Ages 3 to 7) ”Murphy-Stop-That is my name” says the terrier narrator, hasty and yapping from aurora till able-bodied afterwards dark. He about all-overs off the folio and is a absolute delight.
THE DAY THE BABIES CRAWLED AWAY. Accounting and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann. (Putnam, $16.99.) (All ages) An alluring adventitious told in verse, and apparent absolutely in contour illustrations set adjoin a color-changing sky. The babies clamber abroad from a affair and are rescued by a adventurous boy in a fireman’s hat.
THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS. (Roaring Brook, $17.95.) (Ages 5 and up) A beauteous anniversary of Philippe Petit’s airing amid the building of the Apple Barter Centermost in 1974, including double-page spreads that are ”terrifying and beautiful.”
MORRIS THE ARTIST. By Acceptance Segal. Illustrated by Boris Kulikov. (Frances Foster/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16.) (Ages 4 to 8) Morris is a afraid bedfellow at addition child’s altogether party. His ”self-obsession knows no bounds,” but his aesthetic impulses win out and about-face a bald affair into a august celebration.
THE TREE OF LIFE: A Book Depicting the Action of Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Geologist & Thinker. Accounting and illustrated by Peter Sís. (Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $18.) (Ages 8 and up) This assignment succeeds blithely in arresting and educating the eye in the way it presents the action and assignment of the abundant scientist.
WHEN EVERYBODY WORE A HAT. Accounting and illustrated by William Steig. (Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, $17.99.) (Ages 4 and up) A agreeable anniversary in pictures by the abundant artisan and cheat who died in October.
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