Al Capp: A Life to the ContraryBy Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen (Bloomsbury, $30)
Richly told biography traces the complex, troubled life of the creator of the
“Li’l Abner’’ comic strip.
BenedictionBy Kent Haruf (Knopf, $25.95)
Haruf’s latest novel set in a small Colorado town takes a spiritual turn to look
at death and dying.
The Fall of Stone City By Ismail Kadare (Grove, $23)
In the Balkans, a darkly comic, hallucinatory tale of the intertwined forces
of tyranny and madness.