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GraceLand

By Chris Abani

An intensely vivid portrait of Nigeria that switches deftly between rural and urban life (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24).

Audubon's Elephant:

America's Greatest Naturalist and the Making of "The Birds of America"

By Duff Hart-DavisAudubon's years as an entrepreneur in early 19th-century America and England (Holt, $27.50).

A Chance Meeting:

Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967

By Rachel Cohen

A story of race, politics, and celebrity from the Victorian era to the 1960s (Random House, $25.95).Snakepit

By Moses Isegawa

In the 1970s, an ambitious Ugandan returns to his homeland and becomes ensnared in the excesses of Amin's regime (Knopf, $24).

Dancing With Cuba:

A Memoir of the

Revolution

By Alma Guillermoprieto

The author's recollections of teaching dance in 1970 Havana constitute a vivid chronicle (Pantheon, $25).

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