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

Elinor Lipman's FAMILY MAN (Mariner, $14.95) gives Henry Archer a second chance at happiness. Still scarred by his divorce from Denise and separation from his adopted daughter Thalia two decades ago, Henry finds them both back in his life—for better and worse. By opening himself up to the possibility of joy and family, he gets both—experiencing a torrent of anxiety, protectiveness, and unexpected romance. Lipman creates characters who are imperfect but lovable, devises scenes of wit and honesty, and delivers a story that makes you care and smile.

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Published: Mariner Books - May 4th, 2010

Fans of Suite Française have a new treasure to enjoy with Irene Némirovsky's DIMANCHE (Vintage, $15). Each of these ten stories is written with keen attention to the murky depths of interpersonal relationships, and each story dazzles. In “Fraternité,” a social climber is reminded of the weight of his ancestry when he meets a poor immigrant and finds they have the same unusual last name. In “Le spectacteur,” a man's fallacious belief that he can remain neutral and unaffected in a time of war is shattered when he comes up against the brutality of war itself. The individual ambitions of the mother and daughter in the title story, “Dimanche,” become entangled when the pretentious young daughter unknowingly repeats the patterns of her mother's life. Némirovsky's talents as a writer and sharp observer of class and identity shine with each story.

Each of these ten stories is written with keen attention to the murky depths of interpersonal relationships, and each story dazzles. In "Fraternité," a social climber is reminded of the weight of his ancestry when he meets a poor immigrant and finds they have the same unusual last name. In "Le spectacteur," a man's fallacious belief that he can remain neutral and unaffected in a time of war is shattered when he comes up against the brutality of war itself. The individual ambitions of the mother and daughter in the title story, "Dimanche," become entangled when the pretentious young daughter unknowingly repeats the patterns of her mother's life. Némirovsky's talents as a writer and sharp observer of class and identity shine with each story.

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Published: Vintage - April 6th, 2010

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