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Notable reads: Writing about brothers, fathers and grandfathers

Here are three new literary looks at bonds between brothers, fathers and grandfathers.

Brothers (Pantheon) by Yu Hua was a bestselling novel in China; now in English, it's the wildly comic tale of two brothers, sex-obsessed Baldy Li and bookish Song Gang, and the sweep of Chinese society from the Cultural Revolution to runaway capitalism.

Fathers (Granta) is the winter 2008 edition of Granta: The Magazine of New Writing, filled with fiction, poetry and memoirs on the subject of dads by writers such as Jonathan Lethem and Will Self.

My Two Polish Grandfathers and Other Essays on the Imaginative Life (Scribner) by Witold Rybczynski combines memoir with essays about the author's cultured European family and the changes in their lives during World War II and in America.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

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