This week’s fantastic new books (and where to find them): Reissued ‘Smaller and Smaller Circles’ and more

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A still from the upcoming film adaptation of F.H. Batacan's "Smaller and Smaller Circles." Photo from SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — An expanded edition of a pioneering Filipino novel, nonfiction books by two of today’s most beloved authors, and reissues of two groundbreaking classics are featured in this week’s roundup of new and notable books worth checking out in local bookstores.

“Smaller and Smaller Circles” by F.H. Batacan

Now is as good a time as any to get a copy of the Philippine National Book Award and Palanca Award winner “Smaller and Smaller Circles”: Its author, F.H. Batacan, is doing a book signing event on June 11 at 4 p.m. in the Glorietta branch of National Book Store. Widely considered the first Filipino crime novel, with a film adaptation set to be released this year, “Smaller and Smaller Circles” is a tale of detection, corruption, and — as suggested by its title — recursive reduction that follows two Catholic priests in pursuit of a serial killer in Manila. Previously published in novella form by the University of the Philippines Press, the book has been expanded with about 200 pages of additional material in an edition published by the New York City-based Soho Press.

Available in paperback in Fully Booked, National Book Store, and Powerbooks.

Smaller and Smaller Circles  

“The View from the Cheap Seats” by Neil Gaiman

In 2010, Neil Gaiman was at the Oscars on account of his being the author of “Coraline,” the basis of the stop-motion film of the same name, which was then nominated for best animated feature; he was seated in second class. He relates his experiences at the awards show in the title essay of his very first nonfiction collection, “The View from the Cheap Seats.” The book gathers more than 60 nonfiction pieces by the “Stardust” and “The Sandman” writer on different topics ranging from things he believe in (e.g. libraries and myths) to people he has known (e.g. Diana Wynne Jones and Stephen King).

Available in paperback in Fully Booked.

“In Other Words” by Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri has had it with the English language. After writing two short story collections (including her Pulitzer Prize-winning debut, “Interpreter of Maladies”) and two novels (including the Mira Nair-adapted “The Namesake”), she has decided to write only in Italian. Her first foray into publishing her work written in the Romance language is “In Other Words,” a memoir centered on her mastering a new tongue and in the process finding a new voice. The book is in bilingual format, with Lahiri’s original Italian presented side by side with the English translation by Ann Goldstein.

Available in paperback in National Book Store and Powerbooks.

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“In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote

Decades before the podcasting phenomenon “Serial,” and even before the recounting of the Manson murders in “Helter Skelter,” there was “In Cold Blood.” And here it remains: a masterpiece of true-crime investigation as well as a trailblazer of novelistic nonfiction crafted by the author of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Truman Capote. First published in 1966, “In Cold Blood” details the shocking 1959 quadruple murder case in Holcomb, Kansas, a town whose sleepiness and security are suggested, if deceptively, on the cover of the book’s new Vintage paperback reissue.

Available in paperback in Fully Booked, National Book Store, and Powerbooks.

“The Price of Salt, or Carol” by Patricia Highsmith

In her afterword to the authorized edition of “The Price of Salt” — recently reissued following the success of “Carol,” its film adaptation starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara — Patricia Highsmith shares how she wrote the book, which would later become a landmark of lesbian literature, while she was inflicted with a fever. As it happens, the novel’s story burns slowly, beginning with no overt homosexual indications from either of the main characters, and proceeding with just the gradual unfurling of a woman’s attraction and fondness for another. Quite unlike most lesbian stories, “The Price of Salt” manages to finish on a happy note, somewhat progressive and hopeful for a story penned in 1952.

Available in paperback in Fully Booked.

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