Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom has died, but his story hasn't.
Angstrom, whose life unfolded in John Updike's four "Rabbit" novels, is back, as his survivors remember him and contemplate the future without him in Updike's story collection, "Licks of Love."
It's among the latest hardcover books, which include fiction by Danielle Steel, Larry McMurtry and Fay Weldon; and nonfiction, including essays by Tom Wolfe, Volume 2 of Ian Kershaw's biography of Hitler, Frank Rich's memoirs, and an American's journal of life in Paris.
"Licks of Love" (Knopf)
By John Updike
This volume contains 12 short stories and "Rabbit Remembered," a novella that continues Updike's saga about a former high school basketball star whose humdrum suburban life falls short of his expectations. In the title story, "Licks of Love in the Heart of the Cold War," an American banjo virtuoso wows audiences in Soviet Russia while he's distracted by a letter from home.
By Danielle Steel
In Steel's 50th novel, TV news anchor Maddy Hunter and her husband Jack, a network executive, have what seems like a storybook marriage. When Maddy's career takes off, Jack becomes jealous and verbally abusive. Maddy endures her pain privately until she accepts a post in the first lady's commission on violence against women, where she meets a man who encourages her to deal with her abusive relationship.
(Simon & Schuster)
By Larry McMurtry
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lonesome Dove" offers a Western frontier adventure based on a real family. Mary Margaret Cecil sets out from Missouri to Wyoming by boat and wagon with one purpose: to tell her absentee husband, Dickie, that she is leaving him for his brother. Along the way, her party encounters storms, grizzlies, floods, Indian raids and a massacre -- and Dickie's two Indian wives and families.
"Rhode Island Blues"
By Fay Weldon
In London, Sophia leads a loveless and cautious life, haunted by her mother's suicide and her father's abandonment. Life changes when she goes to Rhode Island to help her flamboyant grandmother, Felicity -- whom Sophia believes is her only living relative -- settle into a retirement center. There, Sophia uncovers some family secrets and learns about relatives she never knew existed.
By Terry Pratchett
This is No. 25 in the "Discworld" series of satirical novels about life on a flat world carried through the universe by four elephants. The invention of the printing press prompts the appropriately named William de Worde to start a newspaper, which soon has a rival -- a gossip sheet trying to put it out of business. When a bigwig is accused of attempted murder, de Worde digs for the truth, accompanied by a photographer vampire and a talking dog.
"Hooking Up" (FSG)
By Tom Wolfe
The author of "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities" offers this collection of essays, articles and one novella, "Ambush at Fort Bragg." Wolfe tackles a variety of topics, including teens' sexual attitudes; the art world; genetics and neuroscience; Intel's founder, Rob Noyce; William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker magazine; and some contemporary novelists.
"Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis"
By Ian Kershaw
This 1,100-page sequel to "1889-1936 Hubris" chronicles Hitler at his most powerful and dangerous. Kershaw delves into Hitler's psychology, philosophy, military strategy, strengths and weaknesses. He describes his systematic plan for genocide, and how he captivated the German people by converting their despair into hope. The book cites many previously untapped sources, including recently discovered diaries of Joseph Goebbels.
By Frank Rich
The former New York Times drama critic offers a memoir about growing up in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s and 1960s, and how his love for the theater helped him deal with the childhood pain of a broken home. The book's title refers to the theatrical superstition about the ghost light, which haunts an empty theater after the performers have left; for young Rich, the theater scene was a ghost light, a beacon of security.
"From Paris to the Moon"
By Adam Gopnik
In 1995, Gopnik, his wife and son left New York to live in Paris when he took over the "Paris Journals" feature for The New Yorker magazine. These 23 pieces, many appearing for the first time, contrast the romantic notion of an American in Paris with the harsh realities of being an expatriate family man. Topics include World Cup soccer matches, a crippling labor strike, the fashion scene and the birth of a daughter, Olivia.
By Boris Yeltsin
Insomnia prompted Russia's first freely elected president to keep a diary of his thoughts about the day's events, political rivals, family and career. His 10-year presidency was marked by several coup attempts, two wars in Chechnya, an economic decline, and a rise in crime and corruption. This book focuses on Yeltsin's second term, which included recovery from a severe heart attack, impeachment charges and his unexpected resignation last year.
-- "Merrick" (Knopf) by Anne Rice. A vampire narrates the story of a beautiful, powerful witch from New Orleans.
-- "Something Special" (Norton) by Iris Murdoch. Short story follows a couple's night in 1950s Dublin.
-- "Sarah" (Shadow Mountain) by Orson Scott Card. Sci-fi writer offers a fictional biography of the Old Testament figure.
-- "Prodigal Summer" (HarperCollins) by Barbara Kingsolver. Three lives intertwine during an Appalachian summer.
-- "Schmidt Delivered" (Knopf) by Louis Begley. A widowed lawyer settles down with a much younger waitress.
-- "Don't Tell Anyone" (Norton) by Frederick Busch. A new novella and 16 previously published stories.
-- "The Future Has a Past" (Doubleday) by J. California Cooper. Four stories about "everyday people trying to live every day."
-- "Off Keck Road" (Knopf) by Mona Simpson. A girl's coming-of-age in 1950s Green Bay, Wis.
-- "Light Action in the Caribbean" (Knopf) by Barry Lopez. Title story and 12 others.
-- "Disobedience" (Doubleday) by Jane Hamilton. A teen discovers that his mother is having an affair.
-- "A Man's Journey" (Scribner) by Sarah Ban Breathnach. "Simple Abundance" author gives men their say in 50 essays.
-- "A Short Guide to a Happy Life" (Random House) by Anna Quindlen. Making the most of each day.
-- "Founding Brothers" (Knopf) by Joseph J. Ellis. The relationship among Washington, Hamilton, Franklin and other early Americans.
-- "Eastward to Tartary" (Random House) by Robert D. Kaplan. "Balkan Ghosts" author treks through Central Asia.
-- "You Should Have Been Here Yesterday" (Public Affairs) by Garrick Utley. TV news reporter's memoir includes CD-ROM of classic broadcasts.
-- "One Palestine, Complete" (Metropolitan) by Tom Segev. Life in Palestine under British rule (1917-1948).
-- "Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life" (Simon & Schuster) by Richard Ben Cramer. A biography of the baseball star.
-- "Itinerary" (Harcourt) by Octavio Paz. The late Nobel Prize-winner's political philosophy.
-- "The Last Amateurs" (Little, Brown) by John Feinstein. A season in college basketball's Patriot League.
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