Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads

updated 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT


TESTIMONY by Anita Shreve A boarding school sex scandal and its aftermath propel this hypnotic novel by the crowd-pleasing author of The Pilot's Wife.

APPLES AND ORANGES by Marie Brenner They were as different as ... well, you know. But when Brenner's brother was dying, it all changed. A moving memoir.

NETHERLAND by Joseph O'Neill Displacement and longing, expertly wrought. (Thank Obama, who said he was reading it, for the paperback's fast-tracking.)

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