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Books: Sept. 2, 2011

Reviews of paperbacks from Michael Lewis, Roopa Farooki, and more

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Bloody Crimes
James Swanson
History
The weeks following Lincoln’s death read like a great thriller, gripping and heartpoundingly tense.

Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff
Biography
The Egyptian goddess and queen comes alive in Schiff’s mesmerizing account of her life and times. A

Half Life
Roopa Farooki
Novel
In Farooki’s melancholy love story, a Bengali doctor walks out of her London home, abandoning her new husband to look for the man she left behind.

Strangers at the Feast
Jennifer Vanderbes
Novel
A family’s troubles come to a head during one unforgettable Thanksgiving Day. B

Moneyball
Michael Lewis
Sports
Lewis’ 2003 best-seller about the Oakland A’s has been reissued with a spiffy new movie tie-in cover.

The Red Garden
Alice Hoffman
Novel
Hoffman tells the tale of a New England village from its 1750 founding through the present day. A

You Lost Me There
Rosecrans Baldwin
Novel
Brilliance and befuddlement are twined in the DNA of Dr. Victor Aaron, who is mourning the death of his wife. A