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The best books of the week

The Girls at 17 Swann Street
Yara Zgheib (fiction, St. Martin’s)
Anna is a patient at 17 Swann Street, where women with life-threatening eating disorders must live. From Anna, a former professional dancer, to veteran Emm and others, the women must face their diseases together every day.

The Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides (fiction, Celadon Books)
Alicia Berenson has it all, from the outside: a big career, marriage to a successful photographer and a big house in an upscale London neighborhood. But one night, when her husband returns home, she shoots him in the face and never says another word until a criminal psychotherapist named Theo Faber is determined to get to the bottom of her mystery.

Bowlaway
Elizabeth McCracken (fiction, Ecco)
Bertha Truitt, owner of the local bowling alley, is a mysterious character to the people in her small Massachusetts town. When she dies in a freak accident, a never-before-seen son appears, claiming to be heir apparent to Truitt Alleys.

The Matchmaker’s List
Sonya Lalli (fiction, Berkley)
Raina has reluctantly agreed to let her grandmother (Nani) play matchmaker — and soon Nani is pelting her with a list of approved bachelors and awful blind dates. Raina has to find a way out of this modern matchmaking nightmare — but without hurting her grandmother’s feelings.

The Plotters
Un-Su Kim (Fiction, Doubleday)
An alternative Seoul is the setting of this dark and clever crime novel, where professional assassin Reseng, generally compliant, steps out of line on a job and starts asking questions about plans that are in the works.

The Bold World
Jodie Patterson (memoir, Ballantine Books)
Jodie Patterson knew something was up when her daughter Penelope kept insisting she was a boy. This memoir is a loving, honest and raw portrayal of the family’s journey to support Penelope, even though the path ahead was neither clear nor easy.

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