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By the Book: Sophie Hannah

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SOPHIE HANNAH, WHOSE HERCULE POIROT NOVEL ‘THE MYSTERY OF THREE QUARTERS’ WILL BE PUBLISHED THIS MONTH, IS ADDICTED TO SELF-HELP: ‘WRITE A BOOK AND CALL IT SOMETHING LIKE “THE FIVE SECRETS OF BADASS KICKASSERY” AND I WILL BUY IT IMMEDIATELY.’

Q: What books are on your nightstand?

A: “Something Wonderful,” by Todd S. Purdum — the story of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s working relationship. I’ve loved Rodgers and Hammerstein since I was 17, when I starred in a college production of “Oklahoma!”as Ado Annie, the girl who “cain’t say no.” And my obsession with musical theater is growing.

“Self-Coaching 101,”by Brooke Castillo. I’ve been listening to Brooke’s podcast, “The Life Coach School,” for a while now. Each week, she tackles a different problem with warmth and insight, and I’m totally addicted to her. She’s quite open about being a real, flawed person and not a guru who has attained perfection.

“What You Want to See,”by Kristen Lepionka. This is the second novel to feature the private investigator Roxane Weary, who’s a wonderful character. Lepionka is such an assured writer, with complete narrative authority from the

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