Agaat by Marlene Van NiekerkAgaat
By Marlene Van Niekerk
630 pages; Tin House

This is a frank novel about a white South African landowner and her lifelong servant in a radically changing country.
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Broken by Karin SlaughterBroken
By Karin Slaughter
416 pages; Delacorte

The best-selling author brings back characters from Undone to tell a story of duty and motherly love.
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Composed by Rosanne CashComposed
By Rosanne Cash
256 pages; Viking

Tales from the life of the singer-songwriter who inherited the "man in black"'s country music mantle and then made it her own.

On the Outskirts of Normal by Debra MonroeOn the Outskirts of Normal
By Debra Monroe
248 pages; Southern Methodist University

An unsentimental memoir about a white woman who adopts a black baby in a small Texas town.
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Rich Boy by Sharon PomerantzRich Boy
By Sharon Pomerantz
528 pages; Twelve

We dare you to put down this big, fat, old-fashioned drama about a poor boy who makes good—but feels bad about it.
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