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Review: Joshua Cohen's 'Attention' demands your whole focus

"Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction" (Random House), by Joshua Cohen If curiosity is a writer's greatest innate gift, Joshua Cohen may be America's greatest living writ...

David Sedaris seeks catharsis in 'Calypso'

"Calypso" (Little, Brown and Co.), by David Sedaris "Though there's an industry built on telling you otherwise, there are few real joys to middle age." So begins Da...

Stephen King goes inside mind of new evil in 'The Outsider'

"The Outsider" (Scribner), by Stephen King Stephen King's new novel, "The Outsider," opens with witness interviews in a typewriter font, laying out the details of a grisly crime and ...

Book Review: 'The Female Persuasion' tackles timely topics

"The Female Persuasion: a Novel" (Riverhead Books), by Meg Wolitzer In the first 15 pages of Meg Wolitzer's new novel, a college student is groped against her will, setting in motion...

Anna Quindlen exposes NY social strata in 'Alternate Side'

"Alternate Side" (Random House), by Anna Quindlen Anna Quindlen has written a book that only a New Yorker — or at least someone who has lived there for a stint — could love. The rest...

Review: 'Sleeping Beauties' lacks page-turning intensity

"Sleeping Beauties" (Scribner), by Stephen and Owen King Of all the gifts a father can give his son, near the top must be a co-written novel. After all, slapping the name Stephen Kin...

Rushdie crafts modern masterpiece in 'The Golden House'

"The Golden House" (Random House), by Salman Rushdie If you read a lot of fiction, you know that every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story fu...

Book review: 'Charlatans' teases, but fails to thrill

"Charlatans" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Robin Cook For his thirty-fifth novel, Robin Cook chose a subject scarier than a viral outbreak or comas or bioterrorism: doctors. ...

Review: David Sedaris wants you to read his diaries

"Theft by Finding" (Little, Brown and Co.), by David Sedaris Long before Facebook was a gleam in Mark Zuckerberg's eye or the president of the United States became the world's most p...

Review: Didion revisits the past to illuminate the present

"South and West: From a Notebook" (Knopf), by Joan Didion What is it they say about famous writers? They could publish their grocery list and it would be a best seller? ...