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What’s new: ‘Literary Starbucks,’ a history of Attica and a novel set at the Barbizon Hotel

"Literary Starbucks," by Jill Poskanzer, Wilson Josephson and Nora Katz. Photo Credit: St. Martin’s Griffin

BLOOD IN THE WATER: The Attica Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson. Forty-five years ago in September, inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York rioted, took hostages and protested unfair conditions for four days — before their siege was broken by state troopers, leaving 39 men dead. This dramatic and thorough account by a historian is informed by a trove of documents long withheld from public scrutiny. (Pantheon, $35)

THE DOLLHOUSE, by Fiona Davis. This debut novel opens in 1952, as secretarial student Darby from the Midwest arrives in New York and checks in to the Barbizon Hotel for Women (whose real-life inhabitants included Sylvia Plath and Grace Kelly). Surrounded by condescending models, Darby befriends hotel maid Esme; Esme’s subsequent death becomes the obsession of a journalist who is living in the building, now an expensive condo, in present-day Manhattan. (Dutton, $26)

LITERARY STARBUCKS: Fresh-Brewed, Half-Caf, No-Whip Bookish Humor, by Jill Poskanzer, Wilson Josephson and Nora Katz. Inspired by the popular Tumblr of the same name launched by three college friends, this whimsical volume imagines famous authors — from Marcel Proust to Agatha Christie — and their literary creations going to, yes, Starbucks. The coffee drinks they order, who else they see there, and what transpires is fodder for an extended literary in-joke. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $14.99)

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