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A curated list of this month's top reads


From Yann Martel, author of the best-seller Life of Pi, comes The High Mountains of Portugal, a novel of three intersecting stories set into motion by an old journal, which sends one man on a quest, puts another in the center of a mystery, and helps the third face loss.

Hailed as a masterpiece, Marion Coutts’s memoir The Iceberg follows the two years after her husband, an art critic for The Independent, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney follows a young gay black man as he leaves Chicago and carves out a new identity in 1980s Berlin.

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee is a juicy tale of a 19th-century Parisian opera diva who revisits her scrappy, scandalous past on her way to fame.

Matt Gallagher’s Youngblood offers a fresh vision on the Iraq War novel. With a mystery at its center, the novel explores the war’s impact on American soldiers and Iraqi citizens.

Pulitzer winner Jhumpa Lahiri writes about moving to Italy and immersing herself in the Italian language in her much-praised memoir In Other Words.

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