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Recommended reading, May 21

Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs Selected Prose, 2000-2016 Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 299 pages; $30 With his pellucid style, Kleinzahler is exceptionally good at tracking not only his often adamant thoughts and abundant enthusiasms — including Richmond District Chinese food, shooting baskets on a Corona Heights court, and the short stories of Lucia Berlin — but at registering the felt life of the world and people around him. Orbit; 624 pages; $28 A playful and engrossing book, Robinson’s novel posits a rise in sea levels that turns Lower Manhattan into a landscape of canals between skyscrapers. Lepucki’s novel has all the trappings of a frothy page-turner, but there are quiet moments, too. By Édouard Louis; translated from the French by Michael Lucey Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 192 pages; $23 Louis’ bruising autobiographical novel tells of a young, yearning soul and his challenges of growing up gay in rural France.

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