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Emma Donoghue, $29.99 Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor who is about to embark on a long-awaited trip to Nice when he receives a call: his 11-year-old great-nephew’s mother has died and he needs someone to take him in. Noah agrees to foster the child, Michael, and they travel to Nice together. The unlikely duo, both adrift in their lives, form a bond as they confront Noah’s mother’s wartime secrets. Both funny and heart-wrenching, this tale of an old man and a boy is beautifully written.