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 “What Happened” by Hillary Clinton (Simon & Schuster). We, the people, remain curious ourselves. It’s already a best-seller. (Sept. 12)

 “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series” by David Lagercrantz (Knopf). Listing this mostly for the title. I am sure the title is really “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye,” but man do I love the fact that Amazon includes everything after to colon. This series has no end in sight.

“A Legacy of Spies” by John le Carré (Viking). OK, this is a slight cheat, as it has been out a week, but a le Carré novel featuring George Smiley is something of which we would be remiss in not taking notice. Le Carré is 86 years old and this is a startlingly good read.

“Last Girl Standing” by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics). Trina Robbins is an amazing human being, straight up. One of the very few women in the first wave of the underground comix scene, Robbins was also pals withthe Doors and the Byrds -- she was a “Lady of the Canyon,” for Pete’s sake, per Joni Mitchel’s song. (“Trina wears her wampum beads/ She fills her drawing book with line/ Sewing lace on widows' weeds/ And filigree on leaf and vine”). Her resume is bonker-awesome. This memoir is heavily illustrated by Robbins. 

“Devotion” by Patti Smith (Yale University Press). A small book about Smith’s relationship with writing. Her last two books, “Just Kids” and “M Train,” are essential reading. (Sept. 12


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