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This month's quick picks examine blood sausages, an occultist, and a man who built a seaworthy raft out of trash.

You know him as a founding member of Blondie, but Gary Lachman is also a prolific author of books on the occult. This time the preternaturally inclined powerpopper takes on a fascinating humanitarian mystic, architect, artist, teacher, and agriculturalist in Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to Life and Work (Tarcher/Penguin, $16.95). ... Monkfish mousse, green mayonnaise, and blood sausage in puff pastry — Penelope Casas celebrates Spain's favorite midnight snacks in Tapas (Knopf, $30), a recipe book for those times when all you've got is pork skins and anchovies. ... Three years after her brother was shot to death, Lindsey Crittenden wandered into a Berkeley church — and rediscovered prayer, as revealed in The Water Will Hold You (Harmony, $22), her intensely moving saga of love and loss and love, in that order. ... "My collapse occurred while I was conducting a class in Political Economy VI ... at Miskatonic University" ... "lä-R'lyeh! Cthulhu fhtagn! lä! lä!" Certain authors just beg to be comixed, and a passel of artists including Pedro Lopez and Simon Gane go at it in Graphic Classics: H.P. Lovecraft (Eureka, $11.95). ... After a near-death experience, David Pearlman changed his name to Poppa Neutrino and built a raft out of garbage on which he plans to circumnavigate the globe, as Alex Wilkinson explains in The Happiest Man in the World (Random House, $24.95), the true story of an American eccentric.


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