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Lookaway, Lookaway, by Wilton Barnhardt. (Picador) A family and a region are coming apart in the Raleigh writer’s lacerating but affectionate satirical novel of the New South. Joseph B. “Duke” Johnston and his wife, Jerene, sit near the apex of society in Charlotte, but over the course of a decade they’re sorely tried by a cast of characters including a rebellious, outspoken daughter; a closeted son; and Jerene’s brother, Gaston, an acid-tongued, alcoholic novelist.

Her 17th Temperance Brennan novel, “Bones Never Lie,” opens with a gripping scene in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Journalist H.D.S. Greenway’s memoir lacks personal insight

New biography by award-winning author S.C. Gwynne captures Jackson’s character and significance

Greg Mortenson doesn't want to talk about his best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" book, but everybody else does — including his own charity.

New York Times hardback best-sellers.

Carl Hiaasen, Laurie Halse Anderson and Jacqueline Woodson are among the 10 authors on the National Book Awards' longlist for young people's literature.

David Mitchell’s new novel, “The Bone Clocks,” is a dazzling book in need of an editor.

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon. (Penguin) The horror of Sept. 11 looms over Pynchon’s novel of New York in the vortex of the dot-com boom. When Maxine Tarnow, a fraud investigator pinballing between work and family, starts looking into a computer-security firm and its corrupt chief executive, she finds herself mixed up with an array of hackers, drug runners and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin turning up dead. Times reviewer Jonathan Lethem called this shaggy-dog conspiracy tale “dazzling and ludicrous.”

Lovers of crossword puzzles will love Alan Connor’s charming history of the crossword puzzle.

Lisa WingatePicture this: It's 2007, and I'm in London, trapped for a week in an old hotel near R...

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