Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads

updated 12/20/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/20/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

NEW IN PAPERBACK

I SHUDDER

by Paul Rudnick

Hilarious essays about playwright-screenwriter Rudnick's work and oddball family. Sedaris fans, take note.

MIRAL

by Rula Jebreal

A novel about a Palestinian girl growing up amid Arab-Israeli conflict. Soon to be a film starring Freida Pinto.

LA'S ORCHESTRA SAVES THE WORLD

by Alexander McCall Smith

It's his 25th book, and he hasn't run out of warmth or wit.

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