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A trio of literary exercises in makeovers and rebirths

A trio of literary exercises in makeovers and rebirths

During one's school days, summer vacation offers the opportunity for reinvention. Who hasn't fantasized about returning in the fall triumphantly sporting a new look, a new skill, a new attitude? If you don't have three months off for that makeover, try one of these three books on for size. Each features an individual seeking his or her place in the world. "The Breaks" by Richard Price Picador, $16 "The Breaks" may surprise fans of Richard Price's work on "The Wire" and of his gritty recent novels. First published in 1983 and just reissued, "The Breaks" covers several months in the life of wisecracking recent college graduate...

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