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6 new paperbacks to dive into

| Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, 9:51 a.m.
'The Late Show' by Michael Connelly; 'The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley' by Hannah Tinti and “This Is How It Always Is,” by Laurie Frankel
'The Late Show' by Michael Connelly; 'The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley' by Hannah Tinti and “This Is How It Always Is,” by Laurie Frankel

Should you be in need of a good paperback — Aren't we all? Always? — here are a half-dozen newly published options:

“The Late Show” by Michael Connelly (Grand Central, $15.99). For his 30th book, the author of the beloved Harry Bosch detective series introduced a new and intriguing character: Detective Renee Ballard, who works the night shift at LAPD's Hollywood Station.

“This Is How It Always Is,” by Laurie Frankel (Flatiron, $16.99). Frankel's third novel, about a family with a transgender child, was described in a Seattle Times review as having “so very much to enjoy ... a carefully tooled narrative that is expansive, perceptive, and gracious; dialogue that is both witty and deep; characters who are remarkably self-actualized.”

“A Horse Walked Into a Bar” by David Grossman (Vintage, $15.95). This novel, about a failing stand-up comic taking the stage in an Israeli dive bar for his final show, won the Man Booker International Prize last year.

“Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis,” by Annie Jacobsen (Little, Brown, $17.99). A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history, journalist Jacobsen's book is currently being developed — by Steven Spielberg's production company — as a television series.

“The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap,” by Gish Jen (Vintage, $17). This book, a transcript of Jen's William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization delivered at Harvard University, continues the conversation about the East-West dichotomy that Jen began in an earlier title, “Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Independent Self.”

“The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,” by Hannah Tinti (Random House, $17). Tinti's literary thriller, about a father and daughter with a mysterious past, was recently nominated for an Edgar Award (presented by the Mystery Writers of America) for best novel.

Moira Macdonald is a book critic for the Seattle Times.

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