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Books: Nov. 11, 2011

The latest books to come to paperback from Simon Winchester, Nora Ephron, and more

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Simon Winchester
Winchester brings a knowledge as vast and deep as his subject to this history of the Atlantic Ocean. B+

The Charming Quirks of Others
Alexander McCall Smith
He may churn out a few books a year, but the cracks never show in McCall Smith’s delightful Scottish capers, like his latest to feature philosopher Isabel Dalhousie.

A Curable Romantic
Joseph Skibell
In 1895 Vienna, a man falls in love — only to find out the woman might be possessed by the ghost of his dead wife.

High Line
Joshua David and Robert Hammond
The High Line was an eyesore, an abandoned freight rail line on Manhattan’s West Side, until David and Hammond reimagined it as a city park — and made it happen.

I Remember Nothing
Nora Ephron
Ephron’s collection on aging feels sketchy, even tossed off. B-

The Marriage Artist
Andrew Winer
An art critic’s quest to understand his wife’s death is part love story, part detective story.

Warm Bodies
Isaac Marion
Young Adult
A brain-munching zombie as a romantic hero? Why not?