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PRIVATE DREAMS OF PUBLIC PEOPLE
By Lauren Lawrence (Assouline Publishing, $35)


CNN host Larry King provides the foreword to dream expert Lawrence’s coffee-table stunner that unveils the meaning behind the very personal dreams of more than 70 celebrities, including Madonna, Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, Candace Bushnell, Kelsey Grammer, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul McCartney, Juliette Binoche, and others.

OUR READ: An eye-opening, voyeuristic read.


OXYGEN
By Andrew Miller (Harcourt, $24)


Alec Valentine returns home to England to care for his ailing
mother. In San Francisco, his older brother, Larry, prepares to come home as well, knowing that it will be difficult to conceal the sleazy direction his acting career is taking and the failure of his marriage. In Paris, Hungarian exile Lazlo Lazar, whose play Alec is translating, seems to have it all — a home, a loving mate, close friends, and critical acclaim for his work, yet he, too, has his demons, chief among them the 1948 uprising and a cry for help he left unanswered. This well-done Booker finalist follows the author’s second novel, Casanova in Love, which was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year.

OUR READ: Witty, Profound, and real.
THE YOUNG ATHLETE
By Jordan D. Metzl, MD, with Carol Shookhoff (Little, Brown and Company; $24)


More than 30 million U.S. children play organized sports. From the founding medical director of New York City’s Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes comes a dual approach to dealing with these young stars. First, it helps parents help their kids reap the benefits of organized sports without buying into the win-at-all-costs approach. Second, it deals with the practical: strength training, nutrition, and ways to avoid and diagnose the most common sports injuries.

OUR READ: A how-to manual for team parents.
AMAZON EXTREME: Three Ordinary Guys, One Rubber Raft, and the Most Dangerous River on Earth
By Colin Angus and Ian Mulgrew (Broadway Books, $23)


Armed with more testosterone than common sense, Angus and his two buddies set off to tackle the world’s longest river with not much more than a rubber raft. During the five-month trek, they almost die of dehydration, come close to drowning multi-ple times, and are shot at by rebels in the jungles of Peru. It’s manly adventure at its best: bold, extreme, and nearly crazy.

OUR READ: Induces almost the adrenaline rush of the journey itself