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Something new: tales from a makeshift bride, by Lucy Knisley
Lucy Knisley

In 2010, Lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up. Three long, lonely years later, John returned to New York, walked into Lucy's apartment, and proposed. This is not that story. It is the story of what came after: The Wedding.

United States of Japan, by Peter Tieryas Liu
Peter Tieryas Liu

Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody belives that Japan's conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons – a shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest subversive tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead. Captain Beniko Ishimura's job is to censor video games, and he's slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated that it seems.

Brief encounters with Che Guevara, by Ben Fountain
Ben Fountain

A debut anthology of short fiction features a group of protagonists caught in the middle of the political and social upheaval surrounding them. With masterful pacing and a robust sense of the absurd, each story is a self-contained adventure, steeped in the heady mix of tragedy and danger, excitement and hope.

Unceded territories, by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

This book is a major and timely review of the work of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, spanning thirty years of his painterly and polemical practice. It places the artist's concerns in dialogue with this moment in our shared histories. An artist of Cowichan and Okanagan descent, Yuxweluptun lives and works on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, British Columbia. He calls himself a history painter, a monumentalist, and a modernist. Impassioned in his commitment to advance First Nations rights to the land and effect change, Yuxweluptun fuses art with political action.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson

Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, this is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.

I, Toto: The Autobiography of the Dog Who Was Toto, by Willard Carroll
Willard Carroll

During the expansion of the Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles, Willard Carroll unearthed a leatherbound scrapbook from a site that was once a pet cemetery. To his amazement, its yellowing pages contained the rags-to-riches story of Terry, the cairn terrier who played Toto in the enduring film The Wizard of Oz. Reprinted here in its entirety, I, Toto traces the canine star's tragic beginnings, her exhilarating film career, and her happy retirement in Southern California. Best of all, it offers the inside scoop on Toto's signature role, her costars, and the making of The Wizard of Oz. Toto's lovingly illustrated scrapbook features 150 photographs collected over the dog's life. This unique autobiography, reissued just in time for the film's 75th anniversary, is a must-have for every fan of the classic movie and its equally classic canine star.

Delicacy, by David Foenkinos
David Foenkinos

Natalie and François are the perfect couple, and perfectly happy. But after François dies suddenly, only seven years into their still blissful marriage, the widowed Natalie erects a fortress around her emotions into which no one can gain access. Until the most likely candidate appears: Markus, Natalie's Swedish, geeky, and unassuming coworker.

There Are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me
Eva Gabrielsson

Here is the real inside story – not the one about the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person in the world knows that story well enough to tell it with authority. Her name is Eva Gabrielsson.

The Nix, by Nathan Hill
Nathan Hill

An epic novel about a son, the mother who left him as a child, and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his own.

Road Trip Rwanda: A journey into the new heart of Africa, by Will Ferguson
Will Ferguson

Twenty years after the genocide that left Rwanda in ruins, author Will Ferguson travels deep into Rwanda with his friend and cohort Jean-Claude Munyezamu, a man who had escaped the country just months before the killings began. From innovative refugee camps along the Congolese border to the world's most escapable prison, from tragic genocide sites to open savannahs and a bridge to freedom, from schoolyard soccer pitches to a cunning plan to get rich on passion-fruit, Ferguson and Munyezamu discover a country reborn. Funny, engaging, poignant, and at times heartbreaking, this is the lively tale of two friends, the open road, and the hidden heart of a continent.

Nutshell, by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan

Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things.

When in French: Love in a Second Language, by Lauren Collins
Lauren Collins

When New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins moves to Geneva, Switzerland, she decides to learn French – not just to be able to go about her day-to-day life, but in order to be closer to her French husband and his family. When in French is at once a hilarious and idiosyncratic memoir about the things we do for love, and an exploration across cultures and history into how we learn languages, and what they say about who we are.

The Hike, by Drew Magary
Drew Magary

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee

A history of the gene draws on science, social history, and the author's family medical history to explore the centuries of research into the science of genetics and the quest to understand human heredity. By the author of The Emperor of All Maladies – an award winning book about cancer.

Snow White, by Matt Phelan
Matt Phelan

The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL".

How to Eat, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Nhất Hạnh

How to Eat explains what it means to eat as a meditative practice and why eating mindfully is important. Specific instructions are followed by a collection of verses written for secular practitioners that help set a mindful intention for each activity connected with preparing, serving, eating, and cleaning up after meals.  Eating a meal in mindfulness shows practitioners that the whole universe is supporting them. This awareness helps develop compassion and understanding, reminding practitioners that there are things they can do to help nourish people who are hungry and lonely. Encouraging moderation, mindful eating can lead to optimum health and body weight, while diminishing waste, and contributing to a more healthy society.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave
Chris Cleave

Set in London during the years of 1939-1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, this book features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between the author's grandparents. This dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theatre of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.

The future of God, by Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra

Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book. Chopra has inspired millions with his profound writing and teaching. With The Future of God, he invites us on a journey of the spirit, providing a practical path to understanding God and our own place in the universe.

This must be the place, by Maggie O'Farrell
Maggie O'Farrell

Daniel Sullivan, a young American professor reeling from a failed marriage and a brutal custody battle, is on holiday in Ireland when he falls in love with Claudette, a world famous sexual icon and actress who fled fame for a reclusive life in a rural village. Together, they make an idyllic life in the country until a secret from Daniel's past threatens to destroy their meticulously constructed and fiercely protected home. What follows is a journey through Daniel's many lives told in his voice and the voices of those who have made him the man he is: the American son and daughter he has not seen for many years; the family he has made with Claudette; and irrepressible, irreverent Claudette herself.

The singin bones, by Shaun Tan
Shaun Tan

Tan fashions 75 haunting sculptures, each meant to capture the spirit of one of Grimms' fairy tales. A short excerpt from the tale that inspired the artwork appears on the left of each spread, accompanied by a photograph of its sculpture on the right. Tan acknowledges Inuit and pre-Colombian influences in an afterword, but each figure carries its own creaturely spark. For Rumpelstiltskin ("The door suddenly opened, and a little man entered"), Tan creates a scarlet imp with dancing limbs and a toothy grin. For the Brementown musicians, the heads of the four animals are stacked as on a totem pole, mouths agape as they sing and shriek.

My year of buying nothing, by Lee Simpson
Lee Simpson

The former publisher of Chatelaine Magazine, Lee Simpson documents her attempt to go an entire year without buying anything except food. She writes about the obstacles she encountered, the choices and compromises she had to make. She also shares advice on how to simplify your life and make more environmentally-friendly purchasing decisions, including food purchases.

The monster's daughter, by Michelle Pretorius
Michelle Pretorius

A disgraced young constable named Alet Berg is reassigned to the sleepy provincial town of Unie in South Africa, where she makes a terrifying discovery: the body of a young woman, burned beyond recognition. The crime soon leads Alet into her country's violent past – a past that includes her father, a high-ranking police official who may have played a sinister role during the long, brutal apartheid regime. A hundred years earlier, at the height of the Boer War, a doctor conducts a series of vicious experiments near a British concentration camp, where he intends to breed a new master race. His work ends in chaos, but two children survive: a boy named Benjamin, and a girl named Tessa. And they are not like other children. The horrors of South Africa's history and the tensions of its present converge in this epic debut, which weaves present and past into a hugely suspenseful, masterfully plotted thriller with echoes of the fantastical.

Mysterious fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, by Yasuko Thanh
Yasuko Thanh

In 1908, the French rule Saigon, but uneasily; dissent whispers through the corridors of the city. Each day, more Vietnamese rebels are paraded through the streets towards the gleaming blade of the guillotine. It is a warning that Georges-Minh will not heed. A Vietnamese national and Paris-educated physician, he is obsessed by guilt over his material wealth and nurses a secret loathing for the French connections that have made him rich, even as they have torn his beloved country apart. With a close-knit group of his friends calling themselves the Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, Georges-Minh plots revenge on the French for the savagery they have shown to the Vietnamese. But the assassination attempt goes horribly wrong. Forced to flee into the deep jungles of the outer provinces, Georges-Minh must care for his infant son, manage the growing madness of his wife, and elude capture by the hill tribes and the small – but lethal – pockets of French sympathizers.

A Cast of Falcons, by Steve Burrows
Steve Burrows

Visiting Detective Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune investigates a mysterious falling death in Scotland. Meanwhile, back in his village home of Saltmarsh police are working on the brutal murder of a researcher involved in a climate change project.

Blackass, by A. Igoni Barrett
A.Igoni Barrett

Furo Wariboko wakes on the morning of a job interview to discover he's turned into a white man: red hair, green eyes, pale skin. In this condition he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. Pursued from the streets to the boardroom by those who would use him, Furo hides the evidence of his former life as he reinvents himself. In this wicked satire, Furo's search for an identity deeper than his skin leads to the unraveling of his own precariously constructed story.