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In this Sunday's Times: Getting to know Don DeLillo

November 25, 2011 |  2:33 pm


Unfamiliar with the works of Don DeLillo? For a primer of sorts, says David L. Ulin in a review featured in this Sunday's books coverage, you might turn to the collection "The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories." This short story collection, the author's first, includes stories spanning more than three decades of DeLillo's career, forming what Ulin calls a "code" to the author's central works.

Also featured in this Sunday's coverage are Susan Carpenter's review of the YA novel "Legend" by Marie Lu, which seems targeted to readers who have enjoyed "The Hunger Games"; Carolyn Kellogg's review of Luis Alberto Urrea's novel "Queen of America," a follow-up to "The Hummingbird's Daughter" that follows the character Teresita and her father as they "settle restlessly into U.S. border towns in diminished circumstances, driven out of Mexico and into a swiftly modernizing world."

Sunday coverage includes much more. And online at the Siren's Call this month, we offer a cornucopia of reading on antique lore -- Dante, buried Anglo-Saxon treasure -- that leads off with Michael Dirda's graceful meditation "On Conan Doyle." There are so many new, wonderful things to read but sometimes, as the longtime Washington Post book columnist points out, you return to books that delighted you as a child. "But what shall I read next?" he asks at the book's end:

[J]ust now I feel it's time to reread 'The Hound of the Baskervilles.' It's a dark and chilly night, and there's nobody at home. First, I'll just turn off a few of these lights. Now where is that bottle of Orange Crush? In my beginning is my end.


"In Other Worlds" by Margaret Atwood

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

-- Nick Owchar

Photo: Don DeLillo in 2004. Credit: Jean-Christian Bourcart /Getty Images