Double Down by Frederick and Steven Barthelme (Houghton Mifflin Co., 198 pages, $24)

If you choose to read Double Down, brothers Frederick and Steven Barthelme’s memoir of their ill-fated gambling forays into the casinos of Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss., it will help to keep in mind Shakespeare’s admonition from Much Ado About Nothing: “Every one can master a grief but he that has it.”