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What’s new: An Amy Dickinson memoir, Hemingway as a spy, a Susan Perabo novel

"Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things" is a memoir by "Ask Amy" columnist Amy Dickinson. Credit: Hachette

STRANGERS TEND TO TELL ME THINGS: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, by Amy Dickinson. The woman behind the popular “Ask Amy” column, which appears in this newspaper and approximately 200 others, follows up her 2009 book, “The Mighty Queens of Freeville,” with this first-person account of life in her small upstate town. Returning to her hometown in middle age, she finds herself marrying a man she knew in high school who comes with four daughters of his own. (Hachette, $35)

WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventure, 1935-1961, by Nicholas Reynolds. Was the author of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “A Farewell to Arms” a spy? The author, a former CIA agent and historian at the CIA Museum, parses the limited documentary record to claim that “Papa” worked for the OSS, a precursor to the CIA, and in the 1930s was recruited by the Soviet precursor to the KGB. “He loved secrets,” Reynolds writes. (William Morrow, $27.99)

THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW, by Susan Perabo. Two teenage girls are in a sandwich shop after school when it is held up by an armed robber. He kidnaps one of them — pretty, popular eighth-grader Lisa Bellow — leaving Meredith Oliver behind to make sense of her inexplicable fate. This first novel by the author of two story collections, including last year’s “Why They Run the Way They Do,” is full of sharply drawn characters and insight into a middle-class girlhood. (Simon & Schuster, $25.99)

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