July 1-7: 'Hallucinations,' Hollywood Fame And Covert Operations

The Twilight War

The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict With Iran

by David Crist

Paperback, 642 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published July 2 2013 | purchase

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David Crist outlines the secret history of America's 30-year conflict with Iran. Through interviews with hundreds of officials and classified military archives, Crist details how the covert war has spanned five American presidential terms and repeatedly threatened to bring the two nations into open warfare.

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Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

Paperback, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase

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Serena Frome isn't much of a spy. She got recruited into MI5 by her Cambridge history tutor and winds up on the clerical side of the operation, cross-filing schemes and plots to stop terrorists. Then one day, in the middle of the Cold War, she's handed her first secret mission: to cultivate and fund British intellectuals whose politics align with those of the government. Its code name is "Sweet Tooth."

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Hallucinations

by Oliver Sacks

Paperback, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase

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Hallucinations
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Oliver Sacks investigates the types, physiological sources and cultural resonances of hallucinations, tracing everything from intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness.

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Back To Blood

by Tom Wolfe

Paperback, 704 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published July 2 2013 | purchase

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Young Cuban-American police officer Nestor Camacho struggles with his identity and the ire of his community after arresting a Cuban refugee before he can set foot on American soil.

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Laura Lamont's Life In Pictures

by Emma Straub

Paperback, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published July 2 2013 | purchase

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Laura Lamont's Life In Pictures
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In the wake of a tragedy, Elsa flees her once-idyllic family home in Wisconsin to pursue an acting career in golden-age Hollywood. She becomes an Academy Award-winning actress and enjoys the heady extravagances of her fame while struggling to remain true to herself and balance the needs of her family.

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