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What to read this week: New books by Liane Moriarty, Elaine Pagels and Ben Schott

"Jeeves and the King of Clubs" by Ben Scott (Little, Brown; November 2018) Credit: Little, Brown

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, by Liane Moriarty. While you're waiting for Season 2 of "Big Little Lies" to return to HBO, pick up the latest from this bestselling Australian author. At a health resort called Tranquillum House, a romance novelist and assorted other guests gather for a retreat and find that not everything about the place is as it seems. (Flatiron, $28.99)

WHY RELIGION?: A Personal Story, by Elaine Pagels. A well-regarded Princeton scholar of religion relates her life story. Raised in a nonreligious household but riveted by a Billy Graham crusade she attended, Pagels was struck by tragedy early in life — both her young son and her husband died in rapid succession. She asks: How does religion help us to deal with loss? (Ecco, $27.99)

JEEVES AND THE KING OF CLUBS, by Ben Schott. Billed as a "novel in homage to P.G. Wodehouse," this new book by the author of "Schott's Miscellany" and "Schott's Almanac" revives idle young English gentleman Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet, Jeeves. This time they're enlisted by the British government to thwart an upper-class spy; high jinks ensue. (Little, Brown; $27)


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