__The Eastern Stars__, by Mark Kurlansky [Riverhead, $26]
The man who somehow turned the histories of a fish and a spice into major best sellers (Cod, Salt) now tells the heartrending story of San Pedro de Macorís, a tiny impoverished sugar-cane-processing town in the Dominican Republic that has produced 79 Major League Baseball players.
__You're a Horrible Person, but I Like You__, edited by Eric Spitznagel [Vintage, $14]
The content of this collection written by a cast of cult comedians (Silverman, Galifianakis, Apatow, et al.)—originally intended for an advice column in The Believer—is a bit uneven. But despite the twee questions about etiquette, it makes for an apt hipster bathroom book, if that's your thing.
*The Escape*, by Adam Thirlwell [Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25]
Thirlwell tries to revive the Kundera-Roth tradition of enthusiastically erotic highbrow fiction (again) in his second novel, about an elderly sex-obsessed financier facing anti-Semitism in Europe. If we've heard the tune before, at least it's played with vigor here.