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'The Boston Girl' and other new books

BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR, by Scott Saul. A biography of the late groundbreaking comic, who went from a tough childhood in his family's brothels in Peoria, Illinois, to a boundary-pushing career in stand-up comedy and Hollywood stardom in films such as "Blue Collar." (Harper, $27.99)

THE BOSTON GIRL, by Anita Diamant. An 85-year-old Russian Jewish immigrant, who arrived in Boston in the early 1900s, tells her life story in this new novel by the author of "The Red Tent," recently made into a Lifetime miniseries. (Scribner, $26)

ESSAYS AFTER EIGHTY, by Donald Hall. The former U.S. poet laureate reflects on his life to date, with typically witty ruminations on old age, unfiltered cigarettes, a car trip through post-WWII Yugoslavia, his depression after being named poet laureate and his family home, Eagle Pond Farm, in New Hampshire. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22)

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