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Summer's best new paperbacks

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The Gin Closet
Leslie Jamison
Novel
A career woman and her estranged alcoholic aunt search for redemption.

How Did You Get This Number
Sloane Crosley
Essays
The author of 2008’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake delivers more clear-eyed musings.

Keeping the House
Ellen Baker
Novel
A 1950s housewife unearths the secrets of a prominent family.

Man with a Pan
Edited by John Donohue
Essays
Culinary anecdotes and stories from foodie fathers like chef Mario Batali.

The Marrowbone Marble Company
Glenn Taylor
Novel
In Taylor’s soulful tale, a WWII soldier turns his factory into a civil rights safe haven.

Matterhorn
Karl Marlantes
Novel
Vietnam vet Marlantes worked for 30 years on his story of one Marine’s coming-of-age.

The Passage
Justin Cronin
Novel
A vampire apocalypse rises in Cronin’s sci-fi best-seller.

Red Hook Road
Ayelet Waldman
Novel
Waldman skillfully conjures the shock waves of tragedy in an idyllic Maine town.

Strip
Thomas Perry
Novel
A superbly twisty cops-and-robbers crime story about an aging L.A. gangster.

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran
Rob Sheffield
Memoir
The Rolling Stone writer takes a nostalgic trip through the hits of the 1980s.

Life
Keith Richards
Memoir
The Rolling Stones guitarist brings hard-won wisdom to the tale of his iconic band.

War
Sebastian Junger
Nonfiction
Junger shows the ceaseless daily grind of a U.S. platoon in Afghanistan.

The Wave
Susan Casey
Nonfiction
Surfers and scientists chase nature’s fiercest waters.

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