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What’s new: Jeffrey Tambor’s memoir, Tracy Chevalier’s ‘Othello’ retelling, a new Hemingway biography

"Are You Anybody?" by Jeffrey Tambor

"Are You Anybody?" by Jeffrey Tambor Credit: Crown Archetype

ARE YOU ANYBODY?, by Jeffrey Tambor. If you believe the correspondence that opens this memoir, the Emmy Award-winning actor known for his roles on “Transparent,” “Arrested Development” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” was hounded into writing it after offering every excuse in the world (“I have no time, even for sex”). Among the revealing chapter titles: “Bar Mitzvahed at Gunpoint,” “Tambor’s Big Break” and “The Twelve Most Embarrassing Moments of My Career.” (Crown Archetype, $27)

NEW BOY, by Tracy Chevalier. The author of “Girl With a Pearl Earring” is the latest entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, where contemporary novelists (Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler, Howard Jacobson) adapt the Bard’s greatest plays into novels. Chevalier cleverly transports “Othello” to a suburban Washington, D.C., middle school, where an African diplomat’s son, Osei Kokote, romances the school’s golden girl — and invites the jealous friendship of the class bully. (Hogarth, $25)

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, by Mary V. Dearborn. Make room on your Hemingway bookshelf. In the past year, there has been a rush of new books on the larger-than-life American author, looking at his 1920s Paris years, his work as a spy and his friendship with writer John Dos Passos. The latest addition is billed as the first cradle-to-grave biography of Papa in 15 years, and the first written by a woman. Dearborn tells the familiar story with the aid of new materials, including FBI and KGB files. (Alfred A. Knopf, $35)

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