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 <span class="cutline_leadin">One Plus One.</span> Jojo Moyes. Pamela Dorman Books/Viking. 368 pages. 27.95.

    Fiction

    A single mom, her kids and a tech millionaire in trouble hit the road in Jojo Moyes’ comic ‘One Plus One’

    An offbeat family hits the road to the Math Olympiad.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">THE BOOK OF LIFE.</span> Deborah Harkness. Viking. 559 pages. $28.95.

    Fantasy

    Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy comes to a satisfying conclusion

    A witch in love with a vampire comes into her full powers in the final satisfying installment of the All Souls trilogy.

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 <span class="bold">Courtney Maum</span>

    What are you reading now?

    “I’m reading Brando Skyhorse’s Take This Man. Several years ago, I applied for a scholarship at the Can Serrat residency program in Spain and got a letter back saying that the stipend had gone to a writer named Brando Skyhorse. I remember pacing around the house yelling, ‘Who the hell is this Brando Skyhorse?!’ I’ve calmed down in the years since and am glad that the scholarship went to a writer as fearless and funny as Skyhorse. The things his mother put him through as a child could have destroyed a man’s integrity, but Skyhorse saved himself through writing, and in that, he is a role model for me.”

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">A MOST IMPERFECT UNION: </span>A Contrarian History of the United States. Ilan Stavans. Illustrated by Lalo Alcaraz. Basic. 269 pages. $26.99.

    History

    Collaboration takes a more colorful look at U.S. history

    A New England college professor and a California cartoonist collaborate on a colorful look at our storied past.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">WAR OF THE WHALES:</span> A True Story. Joshua Horwitz. Simon & Schuster. 426 pages. $28.

    Nonfiction

    Whale expert takes U.S. Navy to task over sonar in ‘War of the Whales’

    Sometimes debates arise that clarify the values and conflicts of our society. They needn’t involve the grand questions of the day — which most often are endlessly partisan and complex — but they nonetheless can offer unmistakable insights into who we really are. One example: the naval use of increasingly powerful sonar and the effect of those blasts of sound on marine mammals, especially whales.

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