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Anne Enright
The Forgotten Waltz
(W. W. Norton )

Book cover: The Forgotten WaltzThe vicissitudes of extramarital love and the obstructions to its smooth flow—including spouses, children, and the necessary secrecy surrounding an affair—are charted in sharp yet supple prose.                    

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Robert K. Massie
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
(Random House)

Book cover: Catherine the GreatA compulsively readable biography of the fascinating woman who, through a combination of luck, personality, and a fine mind, rose from her birth as a minor German princess to become the Empress of all the Russias.

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Book cover: Lost Memory of Skin

Russell Banks
Lost Memory of Skin
(Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Book cover: The Forgotten Waltz

Anne Enright
The Forgotten Waltz
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Book cover: Swamplandia!


Karen Russell
(Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.)


Book cover:  The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood

James Gleick
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood

(Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc.)

Book cover: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Manning Marable
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
(Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group USA)

Book cover: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Robert K. Massie
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
(Random House, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group)




Banks, Russell. Lost Memory of Skin (Ecco). Barnes, Julian.

The Sense of an Ending (Knopf). DeWitt, Patrick. The Sisters Brothers (Ecco).

Enright, Anne. The Forgotten Waltz (Norton).

Eugenides, Jeffrey. The Marriage Plot (Farrar).

Goldman, Francisco. Say Her Name (Grove).

Haigh, Jennifer. Faith (Harper).

Harbach, Chad. The Art of Fielding (Little, Brown).

Jordan, Hillary. When She Woke (Algonquin).

Kennedy, William. Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes (Viking).

LaPlante, Alice. Turn of Mind (Atlantic Monthly).

MacLeod, Alexander. Light Lifting (Biblioasis).

Murakami, Haruki. 1Q84 (Knopf).

Obreht, Téa. The Tiger’s Wife (Random House).

Ondaatje, Michael. The Cat’s Table (Knopf).

Phillips, Arthur. The Tragedy of Arthur (Random House).

Russell, Karen. Swamplandia! (Knopf).

Shakar, Alex. Luminarium (Soho).

Torres, Justin. We the Animals (Houghton). Watson, Larry. American Boy (Milkweed).


Adams, Mark. Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time (Dutton).

Bartók, Mira. The Memory Palace (Free Press).

Brill, Steven. Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools (Simon & Schuster).

Brooks, David. The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (Random House).

Fishman, Charles. The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water (Free Press).

Gleick, James. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

Greenblatt, Stephen. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (Dutton).

Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Random House).

Hitchens, Christopher. Arguably: Essays (Twelve).

Homans, Jennifer. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (Random House).

Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Farrar).

Marable, Manning. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking).

Margolick, David. Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock (Yale).

Massie, Robert K. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (Random House).

McCullough, David. The Greater Journey: American in Paris (Simon & Schuster).

Millard, Candice. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President (Doubleday).

Mukherjee, Siddhartha. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner).

Orlean, Susan. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend (Simon & Schuster).

Peacock, Molly. The Paper Garden: An Artist (Begins Her Work Life) at 72 (Bloomsbury).

Reitman, Janet. Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion (Houghton).


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