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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As Husbands Go by Susan IsaacsAs Husbands Go
By Susan Isaacs
352 pages; Scribner

A social satire about a plastic surgeon's violent demise, from a master of the genre.
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Following Polly by Karen BergreenFollowing Polly
By Karen Bergreen
320 pages; St. Martin's

A young woman stalks a "popular" onetime classmate to learn her secrets. When the golden girl ends up dead, guess who's the likeliest suspect?

Red Hook Road by Ayelet WaldmanRed Hook Road
By Ayelet Waldman
352 pages; Doubleday

This engagingly complex examination of two close families is a leap ahead for the essayist and author.
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Fly Away Home by Jennifer WeinerFly Away Home
By Jennifer Weiner
416 pages; Atria

This tale of a politician's sex scandal is witty and smart, as expected from the author of In Her Shoes.
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Other People's Rejection Letters, Edited by Bill ShapiroOther People's Rejection Letters
Edited by Bill Shapiro
192 pages; Clarkson Potter

A look at how some famous and not so famous people deal with saying and hearing "no." A stunt book, but an amusing one.
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