Fall of Giants by Ken Follett Fall of Giants
By Ken Follett
1,008 pages; Dutton

No one does fat historical epics better. This one begins a trilogy that will cover the 20th century—pretty much all of it.
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Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
By Danielle Evans
240 pages; Riverhead

An accomplished debut collection about young African-American overachievers who struggle with sexuality, class, and racial identity.

City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell City of Tranquil Light
By Bo Caldwell
304 pages; Holt

A bittersweet novel about a missionary couple passionately devoted to each other and to their adopted country, China.

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson At Home: A Short History of Private Life
By Bill Bryson
512 pages; Doubleday

How to learn history without leaving the house? Study such ordinary items as fuses and the toilet. Gimmicky, but because it's Bryson, it works.

Great House by Nicole Krauss Great House
By Nicole Krauss
289 pages; Norton

A well-traveled desk links multiple narratives of memory and loss in this haunting novel that spans New York, Jerusalem, and London.
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Fury: A Memoir by Koren Zailckas Fury: A Memoir
By Koren Zailckas
336 pages; Viking

After getting sober, the author of Smashed discovers she has another debilitating problem—rage.

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham By Nightfall
By Michael Cunningham
256 pages; Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A visit from his disturbingly attractive, drug-addicted brother-in-law throws a Manhattan art dealer into an existential crisis. Mayhem ensues.
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Adam & Eve by Sena Jeter Naslund Adam & Eve
By Sena Jeter Naslund
352 pages; William Morrow

An anthropologist's discovery threatens traditional religious interpretations of the Genesis story in this heady novel by the author of Ahab's Wife.
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World and Town by Gish Jen World and Town
By Gish Jen
400 pages; Knopf

Cultures clash in this tale of small-town America and the inhabitants who think they can live both globally and locally.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go
By Kazuo Ishiguro
304 pages; Vintage

This quietly powerful novel of childhood memories captivated readers when it was published in 2005. Does the just-released movie adaptation live up to the book?
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