KISS CARLO, by Adriana Trigiani. The author of “The Shoemaker’s Wife” opens her new novel in South Philadelphia in 1949, with a story inspired by her grandfather. Nicky Castone works as a driver at the Palazzini Cab Company and Western Union Telegraph office, but he wants more from life — breaking it off with his fiancee, Peachy DePino, and taking up with a local Shakespearean theater troupe. (Harper, $27.99)

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SCANDINAVIANS: In Search of the Soul of the North, by Robert Ferguson. The contributions of Scandinavia to the world are many. Just consider Hans Christian Andersen, Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Munch, Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman, ABBA, Ikea and Stieg Larsson. In this wide-ranging volume, an English author who moved to Norway in 1983 reflects on the unique cultures of Norway, Denmark and Sweden. (Overlook, $35)

NEW COLLECTED POEMS, by Marianne Moore. Even a casual reader of poetry can find pleasures in the idiosyncratic poems of Marianne Moore (1887-1972). But as editor Heather Cass White points out in her introduction, “Moore’s art has no straight path from beginning to end”; variations of many poems exist in various collections. “New Collected Poems” aims to gather the definitive versions. (FSG, $30)