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"My Salinger Year" is a slightly fictionalized memoir of a year author Joanna Rakoff spent working for a top New York literary agency. It's 1996. She's just dropped out of graduate school because she wants to produce literature, not analyze it.
Joan Joyce, the protagonist of "Astonish Me," loves ballet, and she is good at it: good enough to be in the corps de ballet of a prestigious New York company, but not good enough to be a soloist. Her fame as a dancer will rest on her role in helping Arslan Ruskov defect from the Soviet Union.
Indira Ganesan's "Sweet as Honey" could be said to be about marriage, but like Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse," which supplies this novel's epigraphs, it is also about love and families and, ultimately, about the passage of time and the ways we experience it.
Add another book for possible holiday gifts: Oprah Winfrey's latest 2.0 selection.
Bob Spitz, a journalist and celebrity biographer (think the Beatles), met and developed a self-described crush on Julia Child on a trip with her across Sicily in 1992. He was writing about her for several magazines, and nothing was off the record. "She was exactly like her TV persona: warm, funny, outgoing, whip-smart, incorrigible, and most of all real."
Maggie Shipstead's debut novel, "Seating Arrangements," begins with Winn Van Meter leaving his lovely Connecticut house in a car packed with groceries and his daughter's wedding dress. He drives to the ferry to Waskege Island (which sounds a lot like Nantucket), where bride-to-be Daphne is preening and prepping for her wedding in the family's vacation home.
Robert A. Caro's quest to narrate the life of Lyndon B. Johnson, and document how Johnson handled and created political power, has lasted longer than LBJ's time in government.
For Bill Clinton, it is again the economy, stupid.
A long-awaited memoir by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is finally being published _ without his approval.