Living with her total-stranger husband and in-laws after an arranged marriage, Priya works her fingers to the bone -- but somehow, she also becomes a celebrity reporter! Kavita Daswani's novel The Village Bride of Beverly Hills (Plume, $14) punctuates culture clashes with laughter. ... Were bone fragments and deadly vipers ever described so beautifully? Sifting the Laotian jungle for what was left of four young Americans shot out of the sky decades ago, journalist Earl Swift joined a forensic team whose tale he tells well in Where They Lay (Mariner, $14), a poetic and pulsating elegy. ... Doing the Downward-Facing Dog is all well and good, but yoga shapes the body and the mind, writes B.K.S. Iyengar, the world's greatest living yoga teacher -- aka the "Michelangelo of yoga" -- in Light on Life (Rodale, $24.95), a look at external and internal obstacles that litter the path. ... Assassins, slaughtered hostages, clan warfare, Kurds in flux -- does history repeat itself? Crusades, the Illustrated History (University of Michigan, $26.95), edited by Thomas F. Madden, is a visual -- and mostly neutral -- trip to a blood-soaked age.
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