New August releases by Adam Johnson, Gary Rivlin and Cara...

New August releases by Adam Johnson, Gary Rivlin and Cara Nicoletti.

FORTUNE SMILES, by Adam Johnson. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Orphan Master's Son," a dazzling 2012 novel set in the surreal dictatorship of North Korea, returns with a wide-ranging collection of six stories. The title story is about a pair of defectors from Pyongyang who struggle to make new lives for themselves in Seoul, while others follow a man in post-Katrina Louisiana and a former East German prison warden. (Random House, $27)

KATRINA: After the Flood, by Gary Rivlin. Ten years ago this month, Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, unleashing one of the most unforgettable natural and political disasters of the new century. Rivlin, who covered the unfolding post-storm crisis for The New York Times, now looks back to see how the city and its people did -- and didn't -- recover in the years since, and consider the lessons about wealth, poverty, race and good government. (Simon & Schuster, $27)

VORACIOUS: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books, by Cara Nicoletti. If you're the sort of reader who pays close, hungry attention to what characters in novels are eating, this is the volume for you. The author, a Brooklyn-based butcher and blogger, writes about food in the books of her childhood, adolescence and adulthood, and offers recipes, from the chocolate pudding in "The Boxcar Children" to the brown butter crepes in "Gone Girl." (Little, Brown; $28)

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