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February 16, 2011

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KINGDOMS OF THE CELTS:

A HISTORY AND GUIDE

John King

King’s latest endeavor into Ireland’s past examines the rise and fall of the great Celtic dynasties. From pre-Roman warrior-kings to 19th century lairds of the Scottish Highlands, King leaves no stone unturned. He also considers their influence throughout history on traditions such as chivalry and even modern diplomacy. Blandford Books, distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Publishing, 387 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016-8810. 256 pp. $24.95.

THE MUSIC LESSON

Katharine Weber

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This is a new novel from the acclaimed author of "Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear." Patricia Dolan, just recently swept off her feet by Mickey O’Driscoll, finds herself guarding the spoils of an IRA art heist pulled off by her new lover. Hidden away in a small cottage, she ponders the beauty of the stolen Vermeer and her love for Mickey, before her vigil reaches a tragic conclusion. Crown Publishers, Inc., New York. 178 pp. $21.

SPYDER WEB

Tom Grace

The new age of thrillers has begun. In a society that is quickly becoming more and more dependent on the Internet, the Spyder, the ultimate hacking device, can potentially wreak havoc. When it falls into the wrong hands, only one man is capable of saving the world from anarchy. Warner Books. 451 pp. $25.

EUREKA STREET

Robert McLiam Wilson

This highly acclaimed novel follows the unlikely friendship of two natives of Belfast. One a Catholic, the other Protestant, both are seeking true love but will take whatever they can get. It is an unforgettable story of their misadeventures and outlandish schemes. "Eureka Street" won the Rooney Prize and the Irish Book Award, and was a finalist for the Whitbread Award. Ballantine Trade. Paperback. 396 pp. $12.95.

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