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The Signal and the Noise By Nate Silver (Penguin, $27.95)

The political forecaster’s ambitious new book is a practical handbook
and a philosophical manifesto in one.

God Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame
By Ty Burr
(Pantheon, $28.95)


Burr examines fame in and out of Hollywood.

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The Life of Objects By Susanna Moore (Knopf, $25)

The Nazi Germany tale has a mysterious narrator at its center.