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Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy, by Kenneth M. Pollack. (Simon & Schuster) Pollack, a Mideast expert and former CIA analyst, scrupulously assesses America’s options in its intractable clash with Iran – from negotiations and sanctions to military strikes and nuclear containment – and comes to a sobering conclusion: “Going to war with Iran to try to prevent it from obtaining a nuclear arsenal would be a worse course of action than containing Iran, even a nuclear Iran.”

Western Carolina University prof Ron Rash’s just-released “Something Rich and Strange” includes 34 stories, all set in Appalachia.

Daniel Handler apologized again for racial comments he made while hosting the National Book Awards and promised to back up his words with his wallet.

Mike Love, a founding member of the Beach Boys and lead singer on such hits as "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Little Deuce Coupe," has a book deal.

Phil Klay's "Redeployment," a debut collection of searching, satiric and often agonized stories by an Iraq war veteran, has won the National Book Award for fiction.

John Grisham

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Ron Rash, who teaches at Western Carolina University and has twice won the O. Henry Prize, has a new short story collection.

With its blend of the supernatural and small-town life, UNC-Wilmington graduate Jason Mott’s new novel is easy to read but hard to accept.

‘Spoiled Brats,’ by Simon Rich; and ‘Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers & Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair.’

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