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The musician we meet in this book looks back on his mid-’70s Beach Boys caricature with sympathy and dread. As his gentle voice emerges from the pages, a more definitive picture takes shape.

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Novelist Jhumpa Lahiri's evocative memoir is written in her third language, Italian. "I'm in another dimension," she writes of working in Italian, "where I have no references, no armor. Where I've never felt so stupid."

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William Finnegan's memoir about surfing has more depth than many about other addictions. Nothing, not even his cliched dream of chasing waves, is as uncomplicated as it appears.

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Since the 1985 publication of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," neurologist Oliver Sacks has been enlightening readers with sharply observed, generously humane medical case studies. In his latest book, "On the Move: A Life," Sacks presents an extended study of the patient he knows best: himself.

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