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What’s new: Books by Alan Moore, Lauren Collins and LI’s Alyson Richman

"Jerusalem" by Alan Moore. Credit: Liveright

JERUSALEM, by Alan Moore. Weighing in at more than 1,200 pages, this novel by the creator of the “Watchmen” and “V Is for Vendetta” comics is one of the big releases of the fall — literally. Drawing its title from the William Blake poem of the same name, the book is set in Moore’s U.K. hometown of Northampton, with a teeming cast of Englishmen and -women, angels, devils, ghosts and historical personages. (Liveright, $35)

WHEN IN FRENCH: Love in a Second Language, by Lauren Collins. “Do people have different personalities in different languages?” A New Yorker magazine writer poses this question when she marries a Frenchman and decides she must learn the language of her husband’s family — and her own future children. Collins’ memoir, frequently funny, overflows with ideas about culture and communication. (Penguin Press, $27)

THE VELVET HOURS, by Alyson Richman. The Huntington author’s novel “The Lost Wife” is set to be a movie starring Daisy Ridley of “Star Wars” fame. Richman’s latest, set in Paris during World War II, is the story of an aging courtesan who shares the story of her life, and her exquisite art collection, with her granddaughter. Solange inherits the apartment, but when the Germans invade she must leave it behind for decades. (Berkley, $16 paper)


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