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New titles from Alex Beam, Siri Hustvedt, Kevin Morris and Jessica Treadway

"The Feud" by Alex Beam Credit: Pantheon

THE FEUD: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship, by Alex Beam. Wilson was an influential editor at the New Republic when he first met Nabokov, a Russian exile who sought asylum in the United States. Then came the huge success of “Lolita,” and Wilson’s savage review of a Nabokov translation. The war of words between these literary frenemies was on. (Pantheon, $26.95)

A WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING AT WOMEN: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind, by Siri Hustvedt. The novelist and essayist has collected recent essays and talks on a variety of subjects. She considers art and artists (Louise Bourgeois, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Mapplethorpe) and takes a deep dive into issues of consciousness, perception and the debates over nature vs. nurture. (Simon & Schuster, $35)

ALL JOE KNIGHT, by Kevin Morris. A successful Hollywood lawyer — whose clients include Scarlett Johansson, Ellen DeGeneres and the creators of “South Park” — Morris also writes fiction (“White Man’s Problems”). In his first novel, the titular character is a onetime basketball-playing orphan who finds himself adrift in middle age, divorced and under investigation for his business dealings. (Grove Press, $25)

HOW WILL I KNOW YOU, by Jessica Treadway. The body of a missing teenage girl is found near a frozen pond in upstate New York, and all signs point to a violent homicide. Treadway (“Lacy Eye”) relates the story from four points of view: the girl’s mother, the girl’s best friend, an African-American artist who is a suspect, and a rescue diver who is skeptical of the investigation. (Grand Central, $26)

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