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‘A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal’ by Ben Macintyre and ‘The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection’ by Michael Harris

Book jacket artist Peter Mendelsund considers what we see when we read text and where those images come from.

Command And Control: Nuclear Weapons, The Damascus Accident, And The Illusion Of Safety by Eric Schlosser. (Penguin) How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That’s the question at the heart of Schlosser’s disquieting examination of nuclear risk, which weaves a riveting account of an accident at a nuclear missile silo in rural Arkansas with a crisp historical narrative covering more than 70 years.

Kelli Stanley’s newest novel about private eye Miranda Corbie is engrossing historical fiction

Former N.C. poet laureate Joseph Bathanti’s new book is a series of memoirs.

The Boss is getting into the picture book business.

Matt Kenseth, championship-winning race car driver, can now add a children's book to his resume.

The current Ebola outbreak has revived interest in a 1994 book about the deadly virus: Richard Preston's "The Hot Zone."

Lev Grossman

The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson. (Bloomsbury) Told in chapters that alternate between mother and son, Jackson’s raw, autobiographical novel describes a black family in Portland, Oregon, struggling with the cycles of poverty and addiction. Grace, just out of rehab, is determined to get her kids back. Her eldest, Champ, is in college but deals crack, convinced it’s the only way to achieve his dream.

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