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Book: Murakami’s rabbit hole

‘1Q84’
By Haruki Murakami. Knopf Publishing; 944 pgs., $30.50.

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Book: A knack for nostalgia

‘The Nostalgia Echo’
By Mickey Hess. C&R Press; 333 pgs., $14.95.

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Book: ‘Life Lessons’ excels in concise, creative nonfiction

‘This I Believe: Life Lessons’
Edited by Dan Gediman with John Gregory and Mary Jo Gediman. John Wiley & Sons; 208 pgs., $19.95.

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Book: A lifetime of Black Sabbath

'Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell With Black Sabbath'

The founding father of heavy metal pretty much lied to me.

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Book: Oh so Common

‘One Day It’ll All Make Sense’

‘One Day It’ll All Make Sense’
By Common with Adam Bradley. Atria Books; 320 pgs., $25.

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Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

‘Podularity’ & ‘The Faber Podcast’

I have a new best friend, and his name is George Miller. I suppose I should call him an imaginary best friend, as he will never know of my existence, but I sure am glad I stumbled upon his.

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Book: Gorham’s poetry has teeth

‘Bad Daughter’
By Sarah Gorham. Four Way Books; 67 pgs., $14.95.

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Book: Stuck in the past, and that’s a good thing

‘The Marriage Plot’ by Jeffrey Eugenides

‘The Marriage Plot’
By Jeffrey Eugenides. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 408 pgs., $26.

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Book: A pocket full of ‘Grace’

‘Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace’

‘Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace’
By Aaron Cohen. 33 1/3/Continuum Books; 176 pgs., $12.95.

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Book: Best-selling novelist lands in haunted house

Author Chris Bohjalian has achieved all the signs of a modern American literary success: an Oprah book (“Midwives”), multiple film adaptations of his work, his publisher’s b