Dive into these 6 new paper­backs

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - News - BY MOIRA MAC­DON­ALD

Should you be in need of a good paper­back— Aren’t we all? Al­ways? — here are a half- dozen newly pub­lished op­tions:

• “The Late Show” by Michael Con­nelly ( Grand

Cen­tral, $ 15.99). For his 30th book, the au­thor of the beloved Harry Bosch de­tec­tive se­ries in­tro­duced a new and in­trigu­ing char­ac­ter: De­tec­tive Re­nee Bal­lard, who works the night shift at LAPD’s Hol­ly­wood Sta­tion.

• “This Is How It Al­ways Is,” by Lau­rie Frankel ( Flat­iron, $ 16.99). Lo­cal au­thor Frankel’s third novel, about a fam­ily with a trans­gen­der child, was de­scribed in a Seattle Times re­view as hav­ing “so very much to en­joy … a care­fully tooled

nar­ra­tive that is ex­pan­sive, per­cep­tive and gra­cious; di­a­logue that is both witty and deep; char­ac­ters who are re­mark­ably self- ac­tu­al­ized.”

• “A HorseWalked Into a Bar” by David Gross­man

( Vin­tage, $ 15.95). This novel, about a fail­ing stand- up comic tak­ing the stage in an Is­raeli dive bar for his fi­nal show, won the Man Booker In­ter­na­tional Prize last year.

• “Phe­nom­ena: The Se­cret His­tory of the U. S. Gov­ern­ment’s In­ves­ti­ga­tions into Ex­trasen­sory Per­cep­tion and Psy­choki­ne­sis,” by An­nie Ja­cob­sen ( Lit­tle, Brown, $ 17.99). A fi­nal­ist for the Pulitzer Prize in his­tory, jour­nal­ist Ja­cob­sen’s book is cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped— by Steven Spiel­berg’s pro­duc­tion com­pany — as a tele­vi­sion se­ries.

• “The Girl at the Bag­gage Claim: Ex­plain­ing the East- West Cul­ture Gap,” by Gish Jen ( Vin­tage, $ 17). This book, a tran­script of Jen’s Wil­liam E. Massey Sr. Lec­tures in the His­tory of Amer­i­can Civ­i­liza­tion de­liv­ered at Har­vard Univer­sity, con­tin­ues the con­ver­sa­tion about the EastWest di­chotomy that Jen be­gan in an ear­lier ti­tle, “TigerWrit­ing: Art, Cul­ture, and the In­de­pen­dent Self.”

• “The Twelve Lives of Sa­muel Haw­ley,” by Han­nah Tinti ( Ran­dom House, $ 17). Tinti’s lit­er­ary thriller, about a fa­ther and daugh­ter with a mys­te­ri­ous past, was re­cently nom­i­nated for an Edgar Award ( pre­sented by the Mys­tery Writ­ers of Amer­ica) for best novel.

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