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Top Picks: Bobby McFerrin, 'Glee,' 'Invictus,' and more recommendations

Bobby's McFerrin's latest album 'VOCAbuLarieS,' TV hit 'Glee' on tour, 'Invictus' with Morgan Freeman out on DVD, and more top picks.

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Reacher strikes again

Jack Reacher returns in the 14th installment of Lee Child's manic series and neither the action hero nor his creator seems any worse for wear in "61 Hours" ($28, Delacorte Press). The ever-nomadic Reacher, sleeping on a tour bus in South Dakota, wakes up to a near-fatal collision, and a bruising blizzard. From there, the story takes off, ticking down in the manner of another hero's story – Jack Bauer of "24" – as buried secrets, international drug kingpins, and small-town corruption propel the novel to its nerve-rattling finale.

Call in the choir

Bobby McFerrin's new album "VOCAbuLarieS" is like traveling a Silk Road of sound with its European, African, Middle Eastern, and North American rhythms fused with McFerrin's joyful spirit and the strength of 50-plus singers. His most creative (and collaborative) work, "VOCAbuLarieS" has already reached the top of the jazz charts. With the album's shortest track lasting over six minutes consider it a musical passport to transport you beyond the daily rush.

Poetic notes

Natalie Merchant celebrates the language of poets, favoring the obscure and eccentric, in her ambitious 26-track double CD, "Leave Your Sleep." The result: an artful overlay of her distinctive voice and stylings with folk-infused music that bleeds into blues and even a rollicking, squeezebox sound. Poems and their back stories – Ogden Nash, William Brighty Rands (her co-writers, she calls them) – are packed into an accompanying hardcover book. Delightful.

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