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What's new: books by Sarah Vowell, Paul Murray and Amy Ellis Nutt

New books by Amy Ellis Nutt, Sarah Vowell

New books by Amy Ellis Nutt, Sarah Vowell and Paul Murray. Photo Credit: Random House/Riverhead/FSG

BECOMING NICOLE:The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt. Jonas and Wyatt Maines were adopted identical twins with one big difference between them: From a very young age, Wyatt felt he was female. This story of a family grappling with and learning to accept a transgender child could not be more timely or educational. (Random House, $27)

LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES, by Sarah Vowell. The author, known to audiences from her guest spots on "The Daily Show" and "This American Life," continues her cockeyed re-examination of American history with the story of the Marquis de Lafayette, the 19-year-old French nobleman who traveled to these shores to fight alongside his new BFF George Washington. (Riverhead, $27.95)

THE MARK AND THE VOID, by Paul Murray. From the author of "Skippy Dies" -- a wonderful 2010 cult novel set in an Irish Catholic boys' boarding school; read it -- comes a novel about the collapse of the Irish economy (among other subjects), featuring a struggling novelist, a shadowy French investment banker and multiple financial schemes and scams. (FSG, $27)

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