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What’s new: books by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Bob Mehr and Sarah Schulman

"Two If by Sea" by Jacquelyn Mitchard

"Two If by Sea" by Jacquelyn Mitchard Credit: Simon & Schuster

TWO IF BY SEA, by Jacquelyn Mitchard. In the new novel from the author of “The Deep End of the Ocean” and nine more books, an American in Brisbane, Australia, loses his wife and family in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. But Frank Mercy is able to save a 3-year-old boy from a submerged car and brings the boy back to his Wisconsin farm — without notifying the authorities. (Simon & Schuster, $25.99)

TROUBLE BOYS: The True Story of the Replacements, by Bob Mehr. Music journalist Mehr chronicles the life and times of the legendary Minneapolis-based ’80s band led by Paul Westerberg. Their unruly rock anticipated such ’90s hitmakers as Nirvana and Green Day, but The Replacements self-destructed in a perfect storm of drugs, alcohol and infighting. (Da Capo, $25.99)

THE COSMOPOLITANS, by Sarah Schulman. An unsentimental time capsule of Greenwich Village in the 1950s, this novel by the author of “People in Trouble” and “Rat Bohemia” features a pair of neighbors — Bette, a white secretary from the Midwest, and Earl, a black gay actor — whose yearslong friendship is complicated by the arrival of Bette’s cousin from back home. (Feminist Press, $15.95 paper)

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