The Novel: An Alternative History: Beginnings to 1600 (Apr., $34.95) by Steven Moore treats the world's most popular literary form.
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession (Mar., $26.95) by David Grann. Twelve stories pivot around the gravitational pull of obsession and the personalities of those caught in its grip.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
Silk Parachute: Essays (Mar., $25) by John McPhee collects 10 personal stories from the New Yorker staff writer.
HODDER & STOUGHTON/JOHN MURRAY
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Home to Roost: And Other Peckings (Aug., $16.95) by Deborah Devonshire and Alan Bennett gathers Devonshire's clever, no-nonsense observations.
LIBRARY OF AMERICA
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The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works (Mar., $35), edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, collects 150 years of the best commentary.
MERCER UNIV. PRESS
Shakespeare's Philosopher King: Reading the Tragedy of King Lear (Apr., $45) by Guy Story Brown plumbs the depths of the Bard's darkest play.
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Thrillers: 100 Must Reads (July, $27.95), edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner. Essays by modern thriller writers explain the “musts.”
PRINCETON UNIV. PRESS
On Whitman (May, $19.95) by C.K. Williams illuminates the legacy of Whitman's epic Leaves of Grass.
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN PRESS
Selected Prose Works: C.P. Cavafy (Apr., $70), edited and trans. by Peter Jeffreys. Important prose by the Greek poet appears in English for the first time.