Recently released books and CDs
SHADOW WARRIORS
By Tom Clancy
(Putnam, $29.95)

In this nonfiction collaboration with retired Gen. Carl Stiner, former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Clancy takes a penetrating look inside the operational art of combat as waged by America’s elite warriors, the Special Forces, whose training and creativity make them capable of jobs that few other soldiers can handle.

OUR READ: ESSENTIAL, A NEW CLASSIC OF A MILITARY HISTORY


CHILDREN OF THE BLUES
By Art Tipaldi
(Backbeat Books, $19.95)
Most blues books search out the lives of the fathers of the genre: Muddy Waters, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker. This collection of 49 children of the blues, related by blood or spirit, tells the story of the next generation (Delbert McClinton, Charlie Musselwhite, Keb’ Mo’) who guard something uniquely American and keep it on track.

OUR READ: AS B.B. KING SAYS, THIS KEEPS THE BLUES ALIVE
THE HEALING POWER OF PETS
By Dr. Marty Becker, with Danelle Morton
(Hyperion, $22.95)
Pets can prevent, detect, treat — and in some cases cure — a variety of illnesses. From the bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul comes heartwarming evidence for what pet lovers have long known: Our pets make us
happier and healthier.

OUR READ: SIT UP AND TAKE NOTE
A MULTITUDE OF SINS
By Richard Ford
(Knopf, $25)

In each of a rich array of stories, Ford brings the liaisons in, out, and to the sides of marriage into sharp focus. The definitions of love, intimacy, and faithfulness weave through tales that mostly relate to the horrific moment when someone finds out, or is reminded, about adultery. Pulitzer Prize- winning Ford is a master at what he does: taking the complex dance between men and women and breaking it down for us, step by step.

OUR READ: A CANDID READ BY A TRUE MODERN MASTER