Sometimes a reader feels so close to certain books, it’s as if he or she knows the author intimately. Elizabeth Hawes became fascinated with Camus when she read his work in college. Forty years later, he was still on her mind and she set out to track him down. Camus: A Romance (Grove Press, $14) is a combination memoir/travelogue, biography/literary essay. We get the voices of both Hawes and Camus as Hawes chronicles her expeditions to the places where Camus lived, recounts her meetings with his surviving friends and family, and presents her research on the reception and legacy of his writing.

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ISBN: 9780802144881
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Published: Grove Press - June 8th, 2010

Summer. Winter dormancy is over and nature has a lot to do in a short time: trees prepare their buds for the next spring’s leaves and flowers, baby warblers eat enough caterpillars to reach full size in six days, insects that live just weeks or days mate and lay eggs for the following generation. And all this happens while the creatures are trying to maximize sun and food and dodge predators and parasites. Much of the action occurs unnoticed by humans, but Bernd Heinrich, a biologist and avid observer of the outdoors, documents the amazing goings-on in Summer World (Ecco, $14.99). Pairing professional expertise with a spirited Thoreauvian wonder, Heinrich charts the life cycles and the highly specialized survival techniques of a wide range of flora and fauna, from ants and wasps to frogs and phoebes.

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ISBN: 9780060742188
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Published: Ecco - April 6th, 2010

John Drewe was a very smart man, but he wasn’t a nuclear physicist, a professor, or an international armaments consultant. He wasn’t even John Drewe. But he had something of a Midas touch, turning everything into fool’s gold. His own Provenance (Penguin, $16) was as phony as that of the paintings he passed off as original Giacomettis and Dubuffets. Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo reconstruct the fascinating story of how Drewe, aka John Cockett, aka Rickard Cockcraft, manipulated a talented but unexceptional--and broke--artist into creating works in the style of great painters, and how through the 1990s he charmed and duped art dealers, archivists, curators, collectors, and a world of art experts. The thriller pace, the amazing feats of a criminal mind, the tour of galleries and studios, and that nagging question of what is real make this book hard to put down.

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ISBN: 9780143117407
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Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010