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What’s new: Roald Dahl’s letters, books from Robert Olen Butler, Margot Lee Shetterly

"Perfume River" by Robert Olen Butler. Credit: Atlantic Monthly Press

PERFUME RIVER, by Robert Olen Butler. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain” revisits the Vietnam War in this contemporary novel about a family still wrestling with the conflict — one brother served, the other fled to Canada — as their World War II vet father lies in a hospital dying. Butler shifts POV seamlessly among his believably complicated characters. (Atlantic Monthly Press, $25)

LOVE FROM BOY: Roald Dahl’s Letters to His Mother, edited by Donald Sturrock. The author of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda” and many other dark children’s classics would have been 100 this month. Here his biographer collects Dahl’s correspondence with his mother — from 1925, when he was sent to boarding school at age 9, until 1965, two years before her death. His letters (hers have been lost) reveal a writer coming into his own. (Blue Rider Press, $26)

HIDDEN FIGURES: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly. Soon to be a movie with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, “Hidden Figures” is the true story of the African-American women who were called into service as “human computers” at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory during World War II and beyond. (William Morrow, $27.99)

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