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What’s new: books from Chuck Klosterman, Mary Roach and Gina Wohlsdorf

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In "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War," author Mary Roach explores the lives of soldiers during wartime. Photo Credit: Algonquin

BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past, by Chuck Klosterman. “I’ve spent most of my life being wrong,” begins the new book by the author of “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs” and “I Wear the Black Hat.” Klosterman argues that he’s not alone — there are ideas “so ingrained in the collective consciousness” that we all believe them. And time will prove us all wrong. Among the topics considered: gravity, time, literature and TV. (Blue Rider Press, $26)

GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach. This ever-delightful author has explored the science of cadavers (“Stiff”), sex (“Bonk”) and eating (“Gulp”). She continues her string of clever one-word titles with this volume on military science, and the ways that scientists attempt to keep soldiers alive in wartime — the “quiet, esoteric battles with less considered adversaries: exhaustion, shock, bacteria, panic, ducks.” (Read the book to make sense of that last one.) (W.W. Norton & Company, $26.95)

SECURITY, by Gina Wohlsdorf. This high-concept debut thriller allows us to spy, via security cameras, at the goings-on at the fictional five-star Maderley Resort in Santa Barbara, California — sometimes splitting the page into multiple columns to offer points-of-view on different floors of the hotel. And what is happening? The staff is being killed off — gruesomely — one by one. We even spy on a reignited love affair between the hotel manager and her ex-boyfriend, a motocross racer. (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $25.95)

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