Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides Hellhound on His Trail
By Hampton Sides
480 pages; Doubleday

A meticulous account of the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. and the capture of the man who stalked and eventually killed him.
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Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in That House by Meghan Daum Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in That House
By Meghan Daum
256 pages; Knopf

A delightful dissection of the real estate obsession that's a hallmark of our age, recession or no.
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Every Last One by Anna Quindlen Every Last One
By Anna Quindlen
320 pages; Random House

The crowd-pleasing author is back with a readable novel about a mother forced to face some hard truths about her children.

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende Island Beneath the Sea
By Isabel Allende
464 pages; Harper

A historical novel about one Haitian woman's triumphant journey from slavery to freedom.

All Over the Map by Laura Fraser All Over the Map
By Laura Fraser
288 pages; Harmony

The author of the divorce memoir An Italian Affair on being dumped by the guy who helped her get over that divorce in the first place.
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The Council of Dads by Bruce Feiler The Council of Dads
By Bruce Feiler
256 pages; William Morrow

Diagnosed with a serious illness, journalist Feiler gathers six of his best friends to be there in their own ways for his daughters.
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Jesus Boy by Preston L. Allen Jesus Boy
By Preston L. Allen
364 pages; Akashic

Think African-American Romeo and Juliet, as played out in a devout Christian community.
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Dear Money by Martha McPhee Dear Money
By Martha McPhee
352 pages; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A Pygmalion story about a Master of the Universe who tries to turn a serious novelist into a Wall Street trader.
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Just Let Me Lie Down by Kristin van Ogtrop Just Let Me Lie Down
By Kristin van Ogtrop
272 pages; Little, Brown

The last word (we hope) on the complicated life of what Real Simple managing editor Van Ogtrop calls a "half-insane working mom."

Thief by Maureen Gibbon Thief
By Maureen Gibbon
192 pages; Sarah Crichton/FSG

A writer gets involved with a prisoner in this raw and poetic take on an at-best tricky situation.
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