06/15/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New Books For April

Is there any richer ore for writers than the family? A number of this month's newly published books mine that vein, whether it's looking at the current variety (you know, a recovering alcoholic mom, her child from her first marriage, plus a stepdad) or more traditional forms from the past (a Tommy-gun toting gangster and his moll, undone by her love for grandma). Ah, the ties that bind.

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