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Forgive Jimmy Fallon if his new book is a story of wishful thinking.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett. (Harper Perennial) These sparkling personal essays, by the author of “Bel Canto” and “State of Wonder,” cover the quotidian and the profound: from Patchett’s passion for opera and her stabilizing second marriage to her beloved dog and her resolve to open an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tenn.

New book explores the Civil War pocket diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.

Wry humor permeates G.M. Maillet’s new Max Tudor novel.

‘The Greatest Albums You’ll Never Hear’ by Bruno MacDonald and ‘To Make Men Free’ by Heather Richardson.

Lovers of stripped-down prose and oddball characters can now view some of the late, best-selling crime novelist Elmore Leonard's vast collection of handwritten notebooks, typed manuscripts and screenplays.

T.C. Boyle Stories II: The Collected Stories Of T. Coraghessan Boyle, Volume 2 (Penguin) Crackling with intelligence and humor (not to mention drinking binges, mishaps, male-bonding rituals and heartbreak), “Stories II” gathers Boyle’s work from his three most recent collections – “Wild Child,” “Tooth and Claw” and “After the Plague” – along with 14 new tales.

In a thought-provoking critique, former Yale professor William Deresiewicz dissects what’s wrong with American higher education today

Former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Philippe de Montebello and British art critic Martin Gayford share witty, erudite observations on their encounters with great art

‘Older than Goodbye’ by Richard Helms; ‘The Boy Who Drew Monsters’ by Keith Donohue; ‘The Empire of Night’ by Robert Olen Butler; and ‘Mean Business on North Ganson Street’ by S. Craig Zahler.

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