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Books: Leslie Jamison, Meg Wolitzer, 'Russian Roulette’ and more in books

Hello readers! I’m L.A. Times books editor Carolyn Kellogg — welcome to this week’s newsletter.THE BIG STORYWith her last book “The Empathy Exams,” Leslie Jamison proved herself to be one of our most interesting thinkers. Now she turns to a familiar topic in “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath,” but her sharp eye makes it new. “Jamison's book exists,” writes David L. Ulin in our review, “between intoxication and its corollary, which is a world in which intoxication is not, could never be, enough.”BIG FICTION In the new novel “The Female Persuasion,” college student Greer Kadetsky meets charismatic feminist Faith Frank, who becomes her mentor. If Meg Wolitzer's comi ...
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