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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Spillover, by David Quammen. Reviewed by Charles McGrath (New York Times). 

I may have plague on my mind lately, but this book sounds really interesting. It’s a nonfic all about infectious disease and pandemic, and the real hook is that Quammen supposedly writes in a very literary style. Faulkner is invoked more than once here. I usually only have it in me for a few nonfics a year, and I’m working on one now, so I don’t know if I’ll get to this one or not. But it’s worth looking out for. I’ll believe the Faulkner comparison when I see it–but I kinda want to see it.

Find it on Goodreads.

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The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro. Reviewed by Art Taylor (Washington Post).

This debut thriller about (shocker) an art forger sounds fairly middling and worth a pass. But I enjoyed reading the review. Taylor does a fine job of neatly pinpointing the book’s weaknesses without tearing it to shreds. In fact, it sounds like this may be a book with plenty to like for the right reader.

Find it on Goodreads.

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Quickly: The Humble eBook Bundle raised tons of money for charity. If you missed out on that, StoryBundle has got a Halloween themed offering that might be of interest.

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