The best books of the week


Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide
Tony Horwitz (nonfiction, Penguin Press)
The author of “Confederates in the Attic” travels around the South, recreating journeys taken prior to the Civil War by Frederick Law Olmsted. A fresh, often funny look at the region.

Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer
John Glynn (memoir, Grand Central Publishing)
A summer memoir of a Montauk share house and all the ensuing drama, heartbreak and identity exploration that goes with it.

The Bride Test
Helen Hoang (fiction, Berkley)
The author of “The Kiss Quotient” is back with a charming novel about the different forms that love can take. Khai Diep, an autistic man, thinks love is not in the cards for him. His mother thinks differently and heads to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. She returns with Esme, a woman who becomes smitten with Khai, even if he does not seem to return her feelings.


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