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What’s new: Books by Lionel Shriver, Tavis Smiley and Joseph Madison Beck

"Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days" by Tavis Smiley and David Ritz. Credit: Little, Brown

BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, by Tavis Smiley and David Ritz. The television and radio host rejoins his collaborator from “Death of a King” and “My Journey With Maya” to chronicle the King of Pop’s final 16 weeks, as he prepared for a comeback tour and battled drug addiction and health problems. (Little, Brown; $27)

THE MANDIBLES: A Family, 2029-2047, by Lionel Shriver. The new novel by the author of “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “Big Brother” returns with an apocalyptic family saga set in a future America where the economy has collapsed, thanks to Chinese hackers and the introduction of a new international currency, the bancor. The Mandibles, expecting to inherit a fortune, instead must fend for themselves in a rudderless society. (Harper, $27.99)

MY FATHER AND ATTICUS FINCH: A Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama, by Joseph Madison Beck. Was the Atticus Finch of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” inspired by a real-life figure? (We’ll leave the Atticus of “Go Set a Watchman.”) In this memoir, Beck tells the story of his father, an attorney who defended a black man accused of raping a white woman in a highly publicized trial when Harper Lee was 12. (W.W. Norton, $25.95)

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