Books

“Cries of the Lost” Chris Knopf Permanent Press, $28      A smartphone is a useful tool, although, say, reading a novel on one might leave something to be desired. How about reading a novel about one?
    When James Whitfield Thomson hemmed and hawed in describing just what his new novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear,” was about, his daughter challenged him to think in terms of what would go on a movie poster. His answer:...

“From Scratch” Allen Salkin G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $27.95     In the age of slow food, cooking reality shows, gourmet magazines, epicurean specialty shops, food blogs, celebrity chefs, and enough blockbuster...

“In Pinelight” Thomas Rayfiel TriQuarterly, $18.95     “In Pinelight,” the sixth novel by Thomas Rayfiel, is narrated by an old, crotchety man living in a home for seniors. The novel is essentially a...

“Death of the Black-Haired Girl” By Robert Stone     Even B+ Robert Stone is better than almost everybody else. The setup is conventional: an affair between a student and professor at a university bearing more than a...

    What follows is an excerpt from the poet Philip Schultz’s new “novel in verse,” more than 10 years in the making and due out from W.W. Norton in February. In it, a young man hides from the Vietnam draft by...

“The Most of Nora Ephron” Alfred A. Knopf, $35
Bulova Unbound     “In 2013, a decrepit, abandoned former watchcase factory in a small, seaside town is undergoing an extreme renovation, to be re-imagined as a luxury apartment building.”

“& Sons” David Gilbert Random House, $27