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What’s new: books by Jules Feiffer, Jesmyn Ward and Carolyn Parkhurst

"Cousin Joseph" by Jules Feiffer.

"Cousin Joseph" by Jules Feiffer. Credit: Liveright

COUSIN JOSEPH, by Jules Feiffer. The award-winning East Hampton cartoonist delivers a prequel to his 2014 graphic novel, “Kill My Mother.” In this moody homage to film noir, set in 1931, hardened police detective Sam Hannigan of the strikebreaking “Red Squad” performs errands on the side for the titular “Cousin Joseph” — a mysterious figure seeking to influence the content of Hollywood movies. Feiffer, 87, promises a final installment in his “accidental noir trilogy.” (Liveright, $25.95)


THE FIRE THIS TIME: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward. The National Book Award-winning author of “Salvage the Bones” collected 18 essays and poems for this anthology, inspired by James Baldwin’s seminal 1963 book, “The Fire Next Time.” Contributors include Edwidge Danticat, Kiese Laymon, Claudia Rankine, Natasha Trethewey and Isabel Wilkerson; the diverse topics include Black Lives Matter, Rachel Dolezal, OutKast and urban murals. (Scribner, $25)


HARMONY, by Carolyn Parkhurst. In this new novel by the author of “The Dogs of Babel,” a family relocates from Washington, D.C. to Camp Harmony in rural New Hampshire led by a cultish counselor who works with autistic children. There Alexandra and Josh hope to find help for their brilliant and difficult 13-year-old daughter, Tilly, while “neurotypical” kid Iris is along for the ride. (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, $26)

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