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FICTION: Colm Tóibín's retelling of the life of Thomas Mann is infused with the larger issues of the 20th century. "The Magician" by Colm Tóibín; Scribner (512 pages, $28) ——— In the manner of "The Master," his celebrated 2004 novel about Henry James, Colm Tóibín has produced a fictional account of German writer and Nobel laureate Thomas Mann — the Magician, as Mann's children sometimes called ...

NONFICTION: Looking at jobs that are outwardly condemned by a privileged class that subtly encourages the work. "Dirty Work" by Eyal Press; Farrar, Straus & Giroux (320 pages, $28) ——— Journalist Eyal Press' latest book, "Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America," will sully many readers' consciences. In this study of jobs connected to the prison industry, drone ...

NONFICTION: The riveting story of the only American to help lead a resistance group against the Nazis. "All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days" by: Rebecca Donner; Little, Brown (576 pages, $32) ——— Wisconsin native Mildred Harnack was the only American to help lead a Nazi-resistance group in Germany during World War II — and you've probably never heard of her. Her largely unknown story is ...

‘Kill All Your Darlings’ by David Bell. Berkley, 416 pages, $17 The title of David Bell’s 11th stand-alone novel refers to advice well known to every writer. Sometimes the seemingly perfect word or sentence just will not work and has to be sacrificed for the greater good. “Kill All Your Darlings” delivers the near perfect metaphor for this energetic story that looks at plagiarism, the writing ...

FICTION: In the 1950s, a young editor finds himself at the center of a fiendish literary plot. "The Vixen" by Francine Prose; Harper (336 pages, $26.99) ——— Some authors want to have it both ways: Write a potboiler, but frame it as a respectable "literary" novel about someone writing a potboiler. With "The Vixen," Francine Prose adds one more layer: The potboiler being edited by her ...

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