Titles We Love, at a Glance Solar By Ian McEwan 304 pages; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday The master of Atonement is back with a story about a womanizing scientist who tries to mend his life by fixing the world.
Imperfect Birds By Anne Lamott 288 pages; Riverhead In her fictional mode, the spiritual bard of Marin County, California, explores what happens to the girl she introduced in Rosie (1983). Get the reader's guide
Further Adventures in the Restless Universe By Dawn Raffel 120 pages; Dzanc Sharp, spare stories about women at, or approaching, the ends of their ropes. Get the reader's guide
American Taliban By Pearl Abraham 272 pages; Random House Ripped from the headlines: a novel about an American surfer dude who enters a chat room and emerges an Islamic zealot.
Burned By Louise Nayer 270 pages; Atlas Nayer looks back at the fire that didn't quite kill her parents but did destroy their lives. Get the reader's guide
The Lotus Eaters By Tatjana Soli 400 pages; St. Martin's In this novel of war, an American photographer and her Vietnamese friend come to terms with their romantic past as Saigon falls. Get the reader's guide
The First Thing and the Last By Allan G. Johnson 408 pages; Plain View A fictional tale of a wife who finally kills the man who abused her, and of the woman who helps her deal.
The House of Tomorrow By Peter Bognanni 354 pages; Amy Einhorn A young man lives with his grandmother in a geodesic dome in Iowa. No surprise: He's a total oddball. Yes, surprise: His life makes for a sweet novel.
Backing into Forward By Jules Feiffer 464 pages; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday The loopy, octogenarian cartoonist tells his own story, this time in words. Well, mostly.
The Solitude of Prime Numbers By Paolo Giordano 288 pages; Pamela Dorman/Viking Two misfits meet and miraculously connect in this debut novel, a prizewinning best-seller in the author's native Italy. Get the reader's guide