Book World This Week

Sunday, March 6, 2011; B08

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MONDAY | In Keith Thomson's thriller Twice a Spy, one of the heroes is coping with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.√

TUESDAY | The Illumination, by Kevin Brockmeier, is a haunting novel in which wounds glow and illnesses shine.

WEDNESDAY | Tea Obreht's first novel, The Tiger's Wife, is a graceful commingling of contemporary realism and village legend. The protagonist of Sarah Pekkanen's Skipping a Beat is a 30-something Washington party planner. And a round-up of the National Book Critics Circle Award poetry finalists.

THURSDAY | In Mat Johnson's novel Pym, a literature professor follows the footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe's sea-faring adventurer Arthur Gordon Pym.

FRIDAY | Based on a true story of corruption and tainted blood, Yan Lianke's novel Dream of Ding Village was censored in China.

SATURDAY | Superbly crafted and skillfully plotted, Carol Edgarian's Three Stages of Amazement is the story of a marriage on the rocks.

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