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What to read this week: New books by Phoebe Robinson, Jane Leavy and Rosellen Brown

Phoebe Robinson has something to say about everything

Phoebe Robinson has something to say about everything in "Everything's Trash, But It's Okay." Credit: Plume

EVERYTHING'S TRASH, BUT IT'S OKAY, by Phoebe Robinson. The world is "nothing but a bunch of dumpster fires," declares the co-host of the "2 Dope Queens" podcast and author of "You Can't Touch My Hair" in this new collection of comic essays. Robinson has something to say about everything, including: beauty standards, money problems, interracial dating and workaholism. (Plume, $26)

THE BIG FELLA: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, by Jane Leavy. This sweeping biography offers a portrait of the sports icon who learned the game at a Baltimore orphanage and went on to a dazzling career of excellence on the baseball diamond and international celebrity. The Sultan of Swat, who died of cancer in 1948, comes to life in these pages. (Harper, $32.50)

THE LAKE ON FIRE, by Rosellen Brown. It's been 18 years since we had a novel from the author of "Civil Wars" and Tender Mercies," but this tale of Jewish immigrant siblings in 19th-century Chicago was worth the wait. Chaya manufactures cigars in a sweatshop; Asher survives as a petty thief; Brown depicts their world with prose that soars. (Sarabande, $17.95 paper)

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