All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage | LJ Review

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Tragedy leaves an indelible mark on both people and places in Brundage’s (A Stranger Like You) piercing new novel. Part mystery, part ghost story, and entirely brilliant, this title will entrance book clubs and literary fiction readers

Bien Cuit by Zachary Golper | LJ Review

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At Bien Cuit bakery in Brooklyn, bread whiz Golper makes perfect loaves that have garnered national acclaim. In his outstanding debut cookbook, written with New York Times columnist Kaminsky (Pig Perfect), Golper describes being lured to baking by bread’s irresistible aroma.

The Empress of Bright Moon by Weina Dai Randel | LJ Review

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A must-read for fans of historical fiction set in ancient China, this novel offers a compelling look at a woman’s unprecedented rise to power and a fresh take on the often vilified Empress Wu.

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier | LJ Review

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With Chevalier’s excellent storytelling ability and gift for creating memorable characters, this novel paints a vivid picture of the hard and rough-hewn life of American pioneers on their westward journey

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren | LJ Review

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Jahren’s first book is a refreshing mix of memoir about her journey as a woman scientist and musings about plants, the central focus of her successful scientific endeavors.

All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister | LJ Review

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In this compelling narrative, Traister investigates how scores of single women have contributed to important social and political movements that have changed U.S. history—before and after Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.

Arab Jazz by Karim Miské | LJ Review

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Miské’s first novel, which won the ­English Pen Award, redefines noir at its darkest.

CRUSH edited by Cathy Alter & Dave Singleton | LJ Review

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This solid, legitimate anthology that reflects on a compelling and universal phenomenon will put readers back in touch with their younger selves

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel | LJ Review

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Like Martel’s celebrated Life of Pi, this new book investigates a world of tragedy linked with animals, but the context is completely different.

You May Also Like by Tom Vanderbilt | LJ Review

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Vanderbilt (Survival City; Traffic) pens a fascinating exploration of how human preferences emerge, why we like the things we do, and why tastes change over time.