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Books: July 8, 2011

Reviews of the latest from John Hart, Ann Napolitano, and more

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New Hardcovers
A Good Hard Look
Ann Napolitano
Novel
To brand this a Southern novel, or a quaint period piece, would be doing Napolitano’s evocative tale of friendship and community a disservice. (For what it’s worth, though, Flannery O’Connor appears as a character.) B+

Iron House
John Hart
Thriller
Using standard ingredients (long-lost brothers, organized crime, a beautiful girl), Hart whips up an intoxicating brew. A-

New Paperbacks
Death Is Not An Option
Suzanne Rivecca
Short Stories
Rivecca’s tales have one thing in common: smart, tough, indelible female characters.

The Fall
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Novel
The second installment in the authors’ vampire series has a lot going for it — fast pace, strong mythology, and obsessive detail.

The Ghost of Greenwich Village
Lorna Graham
Novel
A young woman moves to the New York City neighborhood her mother lived in during the 1960s, hoping for the same magical experience.

Kosher Chinese
Michael Levy
Memoir
What happens when a young Jewish Peace Corps volunteer is sent to one of China’s inner provinces?

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