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From Fallbrook-based mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker comes Crazy Blood, which charts a long-brewing feud in a family of champion skiers in the resort town of Mammoth Lakes.

Katie Roiphe investigates the final days of creative geniuses like Maurice Sendak in The Violet Hour.

McSweeney’s writer Chris Bachelder’s The Throwback Special explores contemporary manhood through a group of diverse fans who gather every year to reenact one of the most brutal plays in NFL history.

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, The Year of the Runaways follows the lives of four immigrant friends from India who try to survive in England.

Local journalist Kimball Taylor’s book The Coyote’s Bicycle uncovers the mystery behind piles of bikes strewn across farmland just beyond the Tijuana border and draws a fascinating portrait of an enterprising human smuggler.

Taschen publishes the definitive book on Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The signed, self-titled limited edition of 1,000 sells for $1,500, with more than 700 pages of photographs, interview excerpts, and essays.

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