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There have been plenty of creepy-crawlies in the book editor's mailbag lately.

Bedbugs: A Novel (Quirk) by Ben H. Winters is the shuddery story of Alex and Susan, a couple who think they've found the perfect Brooklyn brownstone — until she starts waking up with tiny bite marks that turn their world upside down.

Boxer, Beetle (Bloomsbury) by Ned Beauman is an exuberant fictional mashup that includes an aristocratic Nazi beetle breeder, a Jewish boxer named Sinner Roach and a crime scene 70 years later that points to dangers present as well as past.

Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Marlene Zuk is a witty and fascinating closeup look at the sometimes shocking, sometimes astonishing behaviors of the bugs we mistakenly think of as simple little varmints.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: buggin' 10/01/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 1, 2011 4:30am]
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