In the Land of Believers by Gina Welch

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In the Land of Believers: An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church
By Gina Welch
352 pages; Metropolitan

A Berkeley-bred Jewish journalist spends a year undercover in Rev. Jerry Falwell church, and comes away changed.

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

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House Rules
By Jodi Picoult
544 pages; Atria

The popular author brings together murder, the justice system, and Asperger's syndrome in her 17th typically topical title.

The Ask by Sam Lipsyte

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The Ask
By Sam Lipsyte
304 pages; FSG

An off-kilter and hilarious novel about work, war, sex, class, children—and Benjamin Franklin.

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

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By Danielle Trussoni
464 pages; Viking

Angels are the new vampires in this provocative page-turner about a convent and a secret covenant.
The Husbands and Wives Club by Laurie Abraham

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The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples Therapy Group
By Laurie Abraham
304 pages; Touchstone

Want to know what really happens in couples' therapy? Be careful what you wish for.

Another Life Altogether by Elaine Beale

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Another Life Altogether
By Elaine Beale
416 pages; Spiegel & Grau

This coming-of-age novel about a British girl who dares to be different is from a first-time author who won the 2007 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange contest.
The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow

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The Autobiography of an Execution
By David R. Dow
288 pages; Twelve

A riveting memoir by a thinking, feeling lawyer whose clients are on death row.

Hush by Kate White

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By Kate White
352 pages; Harper

The first stand-alone thriller from the best-selling series author (and Cosmopolitan editor in chief) is about a soon-to-be-divorced marketing consultant's dangerous one-night stand.

The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

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The Story of Stuff
How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health—and a Vision for Change
By Annie Leonard
352 pages; Free Press

The title says it all. Sound advice for scary times.

Lift by Kelly Corrigan

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By Kelly Corrigan
96 pages; Voice

A bighearted guide to life by the author of the 2008 best-seller The Middle Place, written as a letter to her young daughters.