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Books: September 13, 2013

A roundup of the new books that are out this week

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Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
[Novel]
In this brooding, atmospheric debut — set in Iceland in 1829 — a housemaid convicted of murder is held not at a prison but at a remote farm.

A Guide for the Perplexed, Dara Horn
[Novel]
Horn moves seamlessly back and forth in time in this tale of a computer genius who’s created an application that keeps track of every single thing its users do.

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, Anya von Bremzen
[Memoir]
Von Bremzen ladles out a rich, zesty history of family life in the USSR conveyed through food and meals.

Save Yourself, Kelly Braffet
[Thriller]
Braffet’s novel is told from the perspective of three kids whose lives are about to collide in spectacularly nightmarish fashion.

Still Foolin’ ‘Em, Billy Crystal
[Memoir]
No surprise here: Crystal’s autobiography — peppered with rueful asides about aging — is laugh-out-loud funny.

Year of the Jungle, Suzanne Collins
[Children’s]
War is a familiar topic for Collins — only this time, she’s drawing on her father’s Vietnam experience for the picture-book set.