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Books: July 19, 2013

Reviews of the latest books from Aisha Tyler, Alissa Nutting, and more

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Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, Chris Kluwe
Essays
Outspoken Oakland Raiders punter and rabble-rouser Kluwe holds forth on topics best summed up in the book’s cover line: ”On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities.”

The Curiosity, Stephen P. Kiernan
Thriller
What sounds like the book equivalent of a silly popcorn flick — a man frozen in a block of ice is brought back to life — poses provocative questions about life and humanity.

The Lullaby of Polish Girls, Dagmara Dominczyk
Novel
This coming-of-age immigrant novel by Dominczyk, actress and wife of Patrick Wilson, follows three friends from girlhood to adulthood, from New York to the roughest parts of Poland.

Self-Inflicted Wounds, Aisha Tyler
Humor
Rest assured that this is no self-aggrandizing celebrity memoir. The comedian and cohost of The Talk focuses solely on her most humiliating life experiences, including her worst stand-up nightmare and the time she almost set herself on fire.

September Girls, Bennett Madison
Young Adult
Mermaids are real, right? They certainly seem so in Madison’s highly original novel about a boy who visits a beach town for the summer and encounters many flowy-haired, possibly finned girls who help him get through a rough patch in his adolescence.

Tampa, Alissa Nutting
Novel
This dark comedy takes the unlikable narrator to another level. Celeste Price, a 26-year-old eighth-grade teacher, relentlessly pursues a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student. Nutting’s Lolita may be one of the most controversial novels of the year.