THE CITY AT THREE P.M.: WRITING, READING, AND TRAVELING Peter LaSalle DZANC BOOKS 264 PAGES; $15.95

Peter LaSalle Seizes the Day

The ordinary particulars of being a person figure into LaSalle's new collection of essays, which bucks the obnoxious disembodied quality that sometimes afflicts travel writing.

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OLD SILK ROAD Brandon Caro POST HILL PRESS 250 PAGES; $25

The Afghanistan Addiction

Former Navy medic Brandon Caro's new novel provides a look into what it’s like to be a non-combatant in a conflict in which there’s no such thing.

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