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Dec. 24-30: A Spy, A Marshal, An Eavesdropper And A Guantanamo First()  

Raylan cover

December 24, 2012 Four novels for the year's end: a new Raylan Givens adventure from Elmore Leonard, a story of psychology and obsession from Ellen Ullman, Thomas Caplan's latest spy thriller and Alex Gilvarry's debut set in the fashion world and Guantanamo Bay.


Dec. 31-Jan. 6: A Whodunit, A Mountain Survival And A JFK Affair()  

Death Comes To Pemberley by P.D. James

December 31, 2012 This week brings mystery writer P.D. James' homage to Jane Austen, a comic novel from Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, a mountain climbing disaster story from Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan, and Mimi Alford's tale of her affair with President John F. Kennedy.


Jan. 7-13: Haiti, Watergate, The Universe And 'Religion For Atheists'()  

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January 8, 2013 In fiction, Charlotte Rogan explores a shipwreck, while Thomas Mallon revisits Watergate. In nonfiction, Laurent Dubois considers Haiti afresh; Lawrence Krauss reinterprets the universe; and Alain de Botton finds value in religion for atheists.


Jan. 14-20: Tales Of Pharaohs, Balloonists, Lovers And Yogis()  

The Ice Balloon

January 15, 2013 In fiction, Karen Thompson Walker's sci-fi debut and Vladimir Nabokov's unfinished final novel arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Toby Wilkinson reviews Egypt's political past; Alec Wilkinson surveys 19th-century polar exploration; and William Broad probes the science of yoga.


Jan. 21-27: A Robbery, An Assassin And A Writer's Pilgrimage()  

The Expats cover detail

January 21, 2013 In softcover fiction and nonfiction, Richard Ford tracks the fallout of two unlikely criminals robbing a bank, while Chris Pavone tells the story of a woman's transition from assassin to stay-at-home mom and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts explores Harlem's mythic and modern sides.


Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Teen Lust, Gothic Fright And A History Of Introverts()  

In One Person by John Irving

January 29, 2013 In softcover fiction and nonfiction, John Irving explores teen lust; Denise Mina delivers a murder mystery; David Maraniss looks at the young Barack Obama; Robert Kagan defends U.S. sovereignty; and Susan Cain stands up for introverts.


Feb. 4-10: Werewolves, Nano-Horror And Apartheid's Aftermath()  

Tuk is a captive wolf living at the Northern Lights Wildlife Center in Golden, British Columbia.

February 5, 2013 In fiction, a novel from Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer, a posthumous thriller from Michael Crichton and a sensual werewolf tale from Anne Rice arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Paul Krugman confronts our economic depression, and Charles Murray looks at the U.S. class divide.


Feb. 11-17: Romance, Clockwork, Secrets And Empire()  

The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey.

February 11, 2013 In fiction, Christine Sneed's short stories about the perils of love, Peter Carey's tale of a mechanical bird, and Nell Freudenberger's portrait of a trans-Atlantic marriage arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Tom Holland charts the rise of Islam.


Feb. 25-March 3: Unlikely Healers, Chinese Planes And An Orphan's Revelation()  

China Airborne by James Fallows

February 25, 2013 In fiction, Peter Cameron's complicated romance, Mohammed Hanif's tale of unwelcome inheritance, Kathryn Harrison's historical drama, and Stephen Dau's bildungsroman arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, James Fallows documents the rise of China's aerospace industry.


March 4-10: Spiritual Crisis, Suburban Plight And America's War Machine()  

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.

March 4, 2013 In fiction, Nathan Englander's short stories, Amanda Coplin's Pacific Northwest drama and Anthony Giardina's tale of miscalculated suburban escape arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Rachel Maddow takes stock of America's perpetual wars and Lauren F. Winner reflects on her crisis of faith.


March 11-17: A Family Reunion, A Hunted Werewolf, A Military Standoff()  

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

March 11, 2013 In softcover nonfiction, Jeanette Winterson revisits her haunting past. In fiction, Mark Haddon's tale of an estranged family's gathering, Glen Duncan's werewolf sequel and Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's modern-day Antigone arrive in paperback.


March 18-24: True Tales From Haiti, Paris, Early Christendom And Hitler's Germany()  

Dreaming in French by Alice Kaplan.

March 18, 2013 Julia Alvarez's story of a promise kept, Alice Kaplan's account of three American women in Paris, Bart D. Ehrman's inquiry into the identity of Jesus, and Andrew Nagorski's survey of Americans who witnessed Hitler's ascent arrive in paperback.


March 25-31: Freedom, Peace And Pilgrimages()  

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden.

March 25, 2013 In softcover nonfiction, Cheryl Strayed recounts her solo trek on the Pacific Crest Trail, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of a North Korean prison camp, and Leymah Gbowee reflects on becoming a Liberian peace activist. In fiction, Rachel Joyce's tale of an unexpected journey arrives in paperback.


April 1-7: An MIA Mom, A Deluded Romance And Homegrown Terrorism()  

Beautiful Ruins: Cover Detail

April 1, 2013 In softcover fiction, Maria Semple chronicles a daughter's search for her missing mother, Jess Walter imagines a glimmering but futile courtship, and Lionel Shriver delivers a tongue-in-cheek take on terrorism. In nonfiction, Victoria Sweet recounts her unusual medical training.


April 8-14: Impeachment, Mourning, Sobriety And Soccer()  

This Love Is Not For Cowards cover

April 8, 2013 In fiction, Stephen L. Carter's reimagining of Lincoln's presidency and Joshua Henkin's tale of a family's fragmented mourning arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Bill Clegg recounts his attempt to stay clean, and Tim Kreider lifts the curtain on the human condition.


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New In Paperback: A quick look at notable books newly out in softcover.

March 22-28: The CIA, Central Bankers And Summer Camp

This week in paperback, Mark Mazzetti investigates changes in the CIA, Neil Irwin looks at the guardians of the global economy and Meg Wolitzer follows a group of gifted friends.

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