BY SEAN CLARK

[In this feature, we highlight a handful of the best book reviews appearing over the weekend in major newspapers.]

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Is That a Fish in Your Ear? by David Bellos. Reviewed by Tess Taylor (Barnes and Noble Review).

I’m no polyglot, but I’ve long been interested in languages and the disparity between translations. I’ve read some books in multiple translations just to compare the differences. So, here’s a book that takes on that disconnect, and that “wants to draw even the most landlocked English speaker into the space of this cultural exchange.” Plus the title is a nod to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Worth a look.

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Blue Nights, by Joan Didion. Reviewed by Nathan Heller (New York Times).

Never really been big on Joan Didion. But a lot of people are. She’s pretty old and sick, so I guess this “grief memoir” is positioned as a final statement of sorts. Whether you’re a fan of Didion’s or not, she’s an important voice in contemporary literature, and Heller’s review is an insightful, contemplative, respectful write-up.

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Ed King, by David Guterson. Reviewed by Ron Charles (Washington Post).

Want to see a book written by the guy that wrote Snow Falling on Cedars get slammed? I do, especially when the book in question is an Internet-age re-imagining of Oedipus Rex. Charles calls it an “ill-conceived novel, which somebody should have strangled at birth.” Awesome. Enjoy.

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Quickly: Ron Weasley almost didn’t make it. Photos of FDR’s secret subway tunnel. Kids’ books for wanna-be ganstas and for fat kids. Slick Willy gets back to work. This book got recalled for copying James Bond.

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Bonus Busted Book Trailer: I… am a wolf princess… content with just doing a sight-read of this bad script.

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