BOOK WORLD THIS WEEK

The Washington Post Sunday - - BOOK WORLD -

MON­DAY | With his new spy thriller, A De­ni­able Death, Ger­ald Sey­mour proves he be­longs in the com­pany of such masters as John le Carre and Eric Am­bler.

TUES­DAY | Carl Rollyson’s Amer­i­can Isis is a crisp, elo­quent bi­og­ra­phy of the poet Sylvia Plath.

WED­NES­DAY | In his new novel, Bene­dic­tion, Kent Haruf re­turns to the town of Holt, Colo., where a dy­ing man re­flects on his life and hopes. Lynda Barry has col­lected a se­quence of her car­toons in The Fred­die Sto­ries. And a roundup of books nom­i­nated by the Na­tional Book Crit­ics Cir­cle for this year’s award in crit­i­cism.

THURS­DAY | Mute Po­etry, Speak­ing Pic­tures gath­ers es­says on the arts by the critic Leonard Barkan.

FRI­DAY | Her­man Koch’s darkly comic novel The Din­ner is about two cou­ples whose teenage sons have col­lab­o­rated on a shock­ing act.

SATUR­DAY | The Se­crets of Happy Fam­i­lies: Im­prove Your Morn­ings, Re­think Fam­ily Din­ner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More, by Bruce Feiler.

MICHAEL LIONSTAR

Wed­nes­day in STYLE: Kent Haruf

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