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By Ian McEwan

Twenty-four hours in the life of London neurosurgeon Henry Perowne, rendered as part of a larger portrait of a civilization under threat (Doubleday, $26).Whose Bible Is It?: A

History of the Scriptures Through the Ages
By Jaroslav Pelikan

A skillful tracing of the continuous interaction among differing scriptural traditions (Viking, $24.95).

Paradise
By A. L. Kennedy

An intimate perspective of one woman's fatal affair with alcohol, Kennedy's novel veers between horror and humor (Knopf, $25).

The Swimmer
By Zsuzsa Bánk

Two children in 1950s Hungary deal with their mother's disappearance and their father's neglect (Harcourt, $23).

A Changed Man
By Francine Prose

Prose's gifts for storytelling and characterization are on brilliant display in this tale of a onetime white supremacist (HarperCollins, $24.95).

Selected from books recently reviewed in the Globe.

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