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"Marshmallow Clouds," by Ted Kooser and Connie Wanek.

Review: 'Marshmallow Clouds,' by Connie Wanek and Ted Kooser

POETRY: A book to ignite a love of poetry and nature in young readers.
Simon Van Booy

Review: 'The Presence of Absence,' by Simon Van Booy

FICTION: Simon Van Booy uses a simple story about an author telling a story to explore the anything-but-simple process of telling a story.
Murray Lee

Review: 'Compass,' by Murray Lee

FICTION: Murray Lee draws on his experiences in the Arctic to tell a critically comedic story about a bumbling would-be adventurer trapped on a drifting ice floe.
Joyce Elbert

Review: 'A Tale of Five Cities and Other Memoirs,' by Joyce Elbert

NONFICTION: The unjustly neglected Joyce Elbert reminiscences about being a woman novelist in a man's world.
Will McGrath

Review: 'Farewell Transmission,' by Will McGrath

NONFICTION: In "Farewell Transmission," Will McGrath offers globetrotting essays on obscure lives and furtive vocations, alerting readers to secrets without and within.
Kyung-sook Shin

Review: 'Violets,' by Kyung-sook Shin

FICTION: The deceptively quiet and devastating story of a lonely young woman within a sexist and shifting South Korean society.
Allison Wyss

Review: 'Splendid Anatomies,' by Allison Wyss

FICTION: Allison Wyss uses surreal humor, vulnerability and sincerity to explore the wonder and absurdity of having a body.
Connie Wanek photo by Phil Dentinger

Review: 'Marshmallow Clouds,' by Ted Kooser and Connie Wanek

Two prominent American poets offer poems to ignite a love of both poetry and nature in the imaginations of young readers.
Maud Casey photo credit: Zach Veilleux

Review: 'City of Incurable Women,' by Maud Casey

Maud Casey fuses fact and fiction to give unforgettable voices to 19th-century female psychiatric patients.
Sarah Manguso by Beowulf Sheehan

Review: 'Very Cold People,' by Sarah Manguso

Nonfiction writer Sarah Manguso's debut novel, "Very Cold People," builds a chilly New England coming-of-age story out of vignettes.
Sequoia Nagamatsu photo by Lauren B. Photography

Debut novel by Minnesota writer Sequoia Nagamatsu offers wonder and hope in the face of grief

Sequoia Nagamatsu's debut novel, "How High We Go in the Dark," blends speculative and literary fiction to offer a bleak yet hopeful glimpse of humanity's potential futures.
Evan Connell circa 1946-47. Photo used with courtesy of the Literary Estate of Evan Shelby Connell Jr.

Review: 'Literary Alchemist: The Writing Life of Evan S. Connell,' by Steve Paul

Steve Paul's biography of Evan S. Connell parses a brilliant and hard-to-pin-down iconoclast.
Mona Arshi

Review: 'Somebody Loves You,' by Mona Arshi

Sad yet wryly funny, poet Mona Arshi's debut novel vividly depicts the troubled coming-of-age of a British Indian girl.
Jaime Cortez photo by Mark Smotroff

Review: 'Gordo: Stories,' by Jaime Cortez

FICTION: Jaime Cortez's hilarious short story collection gives incisive glimpses of blue-collar Mexican American life.

Review: 'Ivory Shoals,' by John Brandon

FICTION: Brimming with peril and natural splendor, "Ivory Shoals" takes readers on an old-fashioned adventure.

Review: 'The Youngest Boy,' by Jim Heynen

FICTION: Jim Heynen's collection of short-short stories offers flashes of the beauty and solitude of a rural childhood.
Diane Wilson photo by Sarah Whiting

Review: 'The Seed Keeper,' by Diane Wilson

FICTION: "The Seed Keeper" traverses the decades to tell the story of a Dakota family confronting oppression and preserving their heritage.

Review: 'What's Mine and Yours,' by Naima Coster

FICTION: An openhanded, character-driven consideration of family ties and structural racism.

Review: 'Flight of the Diamond Smugglers,' by Matthew Gavin Frank

NONFICTION: Personal tragedy mixes with environmental and economic insight on South African trade.

Review: 'Radiant: The Dancer, the Scientist, and a Friendship Forged in Light,' by Liz Heinecke

NONFICTION: An unlikely and delightful friendship sprang up between two of Belle Époque Paris' most revolutionary women.

Review: 'Bina: A Novel in Warnings,' by Anakana Schofield

FICTION: A bleakly comic feminist outcry explores the absurdity of the expectations placed on women.

Review: 'W-3: A Memoir,' by Bette Howland

NONFICTION: Bette Howland's memoir "W-3" presents a clear-eyed chronicle of her breakdown.