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DISCOVER

FOR THE COMICS CONNOISSEUR
In Superman Is Jewish: How Comic
Book Superheroes Came to Serve
Truth, Justice and the Jewish-
American Way (Free Press), Harry
Brod pursues the links between Jews
and superheroes. He investigates the
secret identities of the most prominent
superheroes and shows how their par-
ticular roles reflect the place of Jews
in American society. He also considers
how so many of the creators of super-
heroes were Jews, like Jerry Siegel and
Stan Lee, and how they integrated their
Jewish identities and creativity. Brod is
a professor of philosophy and humani-
ties at the University of Northern Iowa.

FOR THE PSYCHIATRIST
In his signature style, Oliver Sacks, pro-
fessor of neurology and psychiatry at
Columbia University, looks deeply into
his subject in Hallucinations (Knopf)
and presents a view of these "percep-
tions without a stimulus:' beyond mere
madness, at many levels. He draws on
his experience with his own patients
along with historical and literary
descriptions and looks at what hallu-
cinations reveal about the structure of
brains and their cultural and personal
influences.

FOR THE BIOGRAPHY BUFF
Already a bestseller in Israel, journalist
Avi Shilon's Menachem Begin: A Life
(Yale University Press) captures the
father of Israel's right wing, a man full
of contradictions, from his antagonistic
relationship with David Ben-Gurion
and controversial role in the 1982
Lebanon War to the changes in his
ideology over the years and the mystery
behind the total silence he maintained
at the end of his career.

FOR THE GENEALOGIST
Part travelogue, part personal memoir,
New York Times' journalist Doreen
Carvajal's The Forgetting River: A
Tale of Survival, Identity and the
Inquisition (Riverhead) is the story of
this devout Catholic's quest to unravel
her true identity, which appears to be
connected to Jewish Spain.

FOR THE FOOD OBSESSED
The Middlesteins (Grand Central) by
Jami Attenberg is a humorous novel
about several generations in a rather
dysfunctional Jewish family in sub-
urban Chicago and is centered on the
food-obsessed — and memorable —
Edie Middlestein. Bob Spitz's Dearie:
The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

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(Knopf) is an affectionate biography of
the plucky iconic chef on the centenary
of her birth.

FOR THE FRANCOPHILE
Paris: A Love Story (Simon and
Schuster) by journalist Kati Marton is a
memoir of love, loss and resiliency after
the sudden death of her husband states-
man Richard Holbrooke, and before
that, her marriage to ABC newsman
Peter Jennings, from whom she was
divorced. Her connection to the City of
Light is at the heart of this account.

FOR THE ESSAYIST
Ann Arbor native and Found magazine
creator Davy Rothbart's My Heart is an
Idiot: Essays (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
is a book of honest, often charming,
often hilarious, often profane essays
chronicling his life.

FOR THE ROCK 'N' ROLLER
Peter Ames Carlin's Bruce (Touchstone)
is the first biography in 25 years to be
written with the full cooperation of
Springsteen himself. Included is the
first major interview with longtime
Springsteen manager and record pro-
ducer Jon Landau and the reminiscenc-
es of longtime E Street Band drummer
Max Weinberg.

FOR THE FEMINIST
Lynn Povich's The Good Girls Revolt:
How the Women of Newsweek Sued
Their Bosses and Changed the
Workplace (Public Affairs) tells the
story of this seminal lawsuit through
the lives of several participants.

FOR THE GRAPHIC NOVEL FAN
In El Iluminado (Basic Books), liter-
ary critic Ilan Stavans and graphic
artist Steve Sheinkin team up to offer
a lesser-known religious history of the
American Southwest in the form of a
whodunit thriller about crypto-Jews in
New Mexico.

FOR THE FACT OR FICTION FAN
In B.A. Shapiro's novel The Art Forger
(Algonquin), based on a famous case
surrounding a stolen Degas master-
piece, the protagonist is a talented
young Boston artist who puts ambi-
tion above morality and sees her
career sidelined. Former Time editor
J.I. Baker's debut novel, The Empty
Glass (Blue Rider Press), blends fact
and fantasy in a murder mystery about
Marilyn Monroe's death. In Domestic
Affairs: A Campaign Novel (Weinstein
Books), political insider Bridget Siegel
delivers a novel with inside-the-Beltway
detail about a juicy election-year scan-
dal. Eric Dezenhall's The Devil Himself

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