Book Report: New Releases by Rick Moody, Anthony Doerr, Emmanuel Carrère, and Nick Rosen

The books you should be reading this summer.

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Memory Wall, by Anthony Doerr

This Dave Eggers-endorsed collection of globe-hopping stories is worth picking up for the heartbreaking title novella alone. In it, a senile woman undergoes an experimental treatment that allows her to vividly relive events from her past. [Scribner, $24]

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The Four Fingers of Death, by Rick Moody

The Ice Storm author and Details contributor goes meta in this satire of a broken, and just plain broke, near-future America, told as a B-movie novelization (flesh-eating bacteria from space!) penned by a no-name hack. [Little, Brown, $26]

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My Life as a Russian Novel, by Emmanuel Carrère

Recalling Hitchcock and Calvino, this dark, erotic memoir follows Carrère as he heads to Russia to make a documentary about a forgotten World War II vet while obsessing over a nascent love affair in Paris. [Metropolitan, $25]

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Off the Grid, by Nick Rosen

In this surprisingly seductive account, the British journalist travels America from the Carolinas to California and meets gunwielding survivalists, communal-farming hippies, and pot-growing criminals who've escaped the rat race by dropping out entirely. [Penguin, $15]

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