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    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)

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    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.