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What to read this week: New books by Deborah Eisenberg, Paulo Coelho and Mary Gabriel

Deborah Eisenberg's new story collection, her first in

Deborah Eisenberg's new story collection, her first in more than a decade, is titled "Your Duck Is My Duck." Photo Credit: Ecco

YOUR DUCK IS MY DUCK, by Deborah Eisenberg. An Eisenberg story is an eventful car ride with unexpected detours and a driver disinclined to use her turn signal. Among the highlights of this collection, her first since 2006, is "Taj Mahal," about a circle of old movie stars who gather to commiserate over a fallacious tell-all, and the title story, about a blocked artist invited to vacation with wealthy art collectors. (Ecco, $26.99)

HIPPIE, by Paulo Coelho. The author of "The Alchemist" and other books again draws on his own life for this story of a young Brazilian seeker and his spiritual journey in 1970. Together with a young Dutch hippie named Karla, whom he meets in Amsterdam's Dam Square, Paulo boards the Magic Bus bound for Kathmandu, Nepal, with stops in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and India along the way. (Knopf, $25.95)

NINTH STREET WOMEN, by Mary Gabriel. This group biography puts women artists — Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler — front and center in the story of modern art as it unfolded in New York in the mid 20th century. Expect plenty of scenes set in the Hamptons, where Krasner and de Kooning both lived and worked. (Little, Brown; $35)

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