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6 great new paperbacks

New printings from Per Petterson, Karen Russell, and more

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Karin Fossum
A fascinating relationship is formed when a neurotic loner confronts an author, begging her to tell his unusual life story.

The Cookbook Collector
Allegra Goodman
Goodman weaves real emotion into her tale of two sisters: a driven executive who navigates the late-’90s tech boom and a bookshop worker who becomes totally immersed in the literary world. A-

I Curse the River of Time
Per Petterson
Petterson doesn’t dole out comfort in this domestic tragedy, just a reminder that since we can’t choose how we die, we’d better be careful how we choose to live. B

The Oriental Wife
Evelyn Toynton
In this tender and moving work, two immigrants manage to escape Hitler’s Germany to start a life in America — but then their luck runs out.

Rich Boy
Sharon Pomerantz
A working-class Jewish boy tries to transcend his hardscrabble beginnings in a richly worded, compulsively readable debut. A-

Karen Russell
When a professional alligator wrestler dies, her family sinks into a murky swamp of disunion that is detailed in hilarious, pristine prose. A-