New and recommended

The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story
By Joan Wickersham
(Knopf, $24.95)

A wise, courageous, and often brilliant collection of stories.


Back to Blood By Tom Wolfe (Little, Brown, $30)

This novel wriggles its toes in the white sand of Miami Beach and with its large cast of characters, allows Wolfe to explore (and mock) the denizens of Miami’s
sex-obsessed, trendy society.

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Essays in Biography By Joseph Epstein (Aixos, $24)

Unabashedly personal, this hefty collection is flavored throughout by a wit that never stays in the background for long.

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