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Lonely Planet
Envy-magnet Nell Freudenberger is back with a smart and rueful tale of a Chinese fish out of water.
The Dissident, By Nell Freudenberger, Ecco; August 15 ($25.95).

The Illustrated 9/11 Report, a comic-book condensation of the best-selling document.
The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, Hill and Wang; September 4 ($30).

Richard Ford’s Manly Meditations
Reading Ford, you can feel uplifted and empowered in a way that might make you wonder if his books are not some sublime species of self-help.
The Lay of the Land, By Richard Ford, Knopf; October 24 ($26.95).

Waiting for Lefty
Frank Rich connects the dots from the Green Zone to Hollywood.
The Greatest Story Ever Sold, By Frank Rich, Penguin Press; September 19 ($25.95).

Both Sides Now
The big questions, seen from the left and the right.

Shrink Rap
Heidi Julavits’s twisty tale of Freudian mind games.
The Uses of Enchantment, By Heidi Julavits, Doubleday; October 17 ($24.95).

A Hard Look in the Mirror
Recent years have witnessed a sneaky shift in the portrayal of plastic surgery.
Beauty Junkies, By Alex Kuczynski, Doubleday; October 17 ($24.95).

Song of Himself
No one knows how much readers anticipate Thomas Pynchon’s sixth novel—his first in nine years—more than Pynchon.
Against the Day, By Thomas Pynchon, Penguin Press; November 21 ($35).

The Best of the Rest
Freud, foodies, Franzen, the Apocalypse, and more.

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