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NEW AND NOTEWORTHY BOOKS
THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir (Crown, $24.00. Hardcover Sci-Fi.) Astronaut Mark Watney is one of the first people to walk on Mars. Six days after taking his first steps on the red planet, he's now sure he'll be the first person to die there. His crewmates have retreated back into space, thinking think him dead already, and he has no means of contacting anyone on Earth. His food supplies are limited, his support machinery is damaged. But he's not about to give up. Armed with ingenuity, engineering skills, and a black sense of humor, Watney embarks on a stubborn quest to stay alive. This is a fantastic thriller, grounded in science so that it reads like a true-life survival tale.MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH, by Rebecca Mead (Crown, $25.00. Hardcover literature/memoir.) The author of this book, a New Yorker staff writer, first read George Eliot's Middlemarch as a teenager in England. The novel resonated with her then and has remained her steadfast literary companion through the subsequent three decades of her life: as Mead explains, she finds new insights with each re-reading. This is a book that is part memoir, part biography, and an homage to an enduring literary classic.
RIPPER, by Isabel Allende (Harper, $28.99. Hardcover fiction.) A murder mystery set in San Francisco. High school student Amanda Jackson, a lover of crime novels and the daughter of a SFPD homicide detective, conducts her own investigation into a city-wide series of murders, finding clues that elude the police. But then her mother, a free-spirited new age healer, disappears and the case becomes personal, as the two mysteries seem to be connected. Publisher's Weekly says this is "a tightly plotted tale of crimes obvious and masked... Sharply perceptive, utterly charming and intensely suspenseful!"
A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, by Anthony Marra (Hogarth, $15.00. Paperback fiction.) If you liked The Tiger's Wife (by Tea Obreht), you might like this novel too. It's another impressive literary debut, set in the grim former Soviet republic of Chechnya, a country I knew almost nothing about. It's not cheerful reading - people disappear, fingers are snipped off with bolt cutters - but it's saved from utter bleakness by the humanity of its major characters (an overworked Russian surgeon and her incompetent but good-hearted offsider), its healthy sense of the absurd, and the threads of dark humor in much of the dialogue. The title comes from the definition of "life" in the surgeon's medical dictionary. - Arlene.