Summer Reading Guide

June 2, 2013

Fiction

The Glass Ocean

Lori Baker

Penguin Press, $25.95

A willful red-haired Victorian woman pieces together the elliptical stories of her parents' sea-focused lives; for her debut novel, Lori Baker scored a blurb from Thomas Pynchon. (August)

All the Land to Hold Us

Rick Bass

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25

A sweeping tale weaves through the landscape of West Texas with a cast of characters that includes oil well drillers, high school football players, a spinster Mormon school teacher and a beauty queen. (August)

Memories of a Marriage

Louis Begley

Nan Talese/Doubleday, $25.95

The author of "About Schmidt" spins a tale of romance and class divisions in tony Newport, R.I. in the 1950s; a half century later, things look different to the narrator. (July)

The Light in the Ruins

Chris Bohjalian

Doubleday, $25.95

Bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian reimagines Romeo and Juliet in Tuscany at the close of World War II; a decade later, those who have survived that turmoil face a serial killer. (July)

On the Floor

Aifric Campbell

Picador, $26

This novel about a young female investment banker in London -- by a former managing director at Morgan Stanley -- plunges straight into the financial world's heart of darkness. (June)

My Education

Susan Choi

Viking, $26.95

After resisting the charms of her lothario English professor, a graduate student embarks on an obsessive affair with his wife in this novel by a Pulitzer finalist. (July)

Necessary Errors

Caleb Crain

Penguin, $16

Newly democratic Prague is the setting for this novel in which expatriates come of age, come out, and come into themselves. (August)

Blood & Beauty

The Borgias

Sarah Dunant

Random House $27

Bestselling historical novelist Sarah Dunant tips her pen to the bloody story of the Borgias, the ruthless 15th century family that had Italy Christendom at its feet. (July)

Claudia Silver to the Rescue

Kathy Ebel

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25

24-year-old Claudia Silver is fumbling her work life while juggling friends, love and the arrival of her teenage sister in this debut novel from screenwriter and television executive Kathy Ebel. (June)

Big Girl Panties

Stephanie Evanovich

William Morrow, $26.99

Evanovich's debut is a romantic comedy about an overweight young widow whose life changes when she sits next to a handsome trainer on a plane; he helps transform both her body and her love life. (July)

It's Not Love, It's Just Paris

Patricia Engel

Grove, $25

Engel draws on her past as the daughter of Columbian immigrants to spin the tale of Lita, a twentysomething Columbian-American who moves to Paris for a year to explore its bohemian side. (August)

On Sal Mal Lane

Ru Freeman

Graywolf, $26

Set against the backdrop of the 1980s Sri Lankan civil war, this novel revolves the residents of a racially diverse street as political tensions gradually change everyone's way of life. (May)

Flora

Gail Godwin

Bloomsbury, $26

A precocious, motherless girl spends a summer in the care of her backcountry cousin Flora as the threat of polio encroaches in this complex tale of family and loss. (May)

How to Tame Your Duke

Juliana Gray

Berkley Sensation, $7.99

In 19th century England, a scholarly princess forced to disguise herself as a tutor is drawn into a secret affair with a duke. (June)

I'll Be Seeing You

Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan

Harlequin MIRA, $15.95 paper

Two WWII soldiers' wives on opposite sides of the U.S. launch a correspondencd hat helps get them through the war and offers an intimate fictional glimpse of life on the homefront. (June)

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

Doubleday, $25.95

The phenomenal opulence of the Asian jet set is all new to Rachel, who didn't realize her Singaporean boyfriend was one of the wealthiest of them all. Jealousy and bling abound in Kwan's debut. (June)

The Bookman's Tale

A Novel of Obsession

Charlie Lovett

Viking, $27.95

A young antiquarian bookseller communes with his dead wife's spirit after discovering a watercolor portrait of a woman with an uncanny resemblance to her in an old Shakespeare forgery in England. (June)

Trains and Lovers

The Heart's Journey

Alexander McCall Smith

Pantheon, $22

Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith returns with a stand alone novel that explores the nature of love as four strangers on a train trade stories that weave together. (June)

All the Dead Yale Men

Craig Nova

Counterpoint, $26

Family entanglements come to the fore in this follow-up to Nova's novel "The Good Son," this time focusing on the son of that original "Son" as he deals with the career, kids and the legacy of his father. (June)

The Lemon Orchard

Luanne Rice

Pamela Dorman/Viking, 27.95

After the death of her daughter, a woman house-sits for relatives in Malibu, where she makes an unexpected connection with the handsome man who tends their orchard. (June)

Night Film

Marisha Pessl

Random House, $28

Pessl amps up the action in this follow-up to her successful literary debut "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" — this time there's a dead body and the search for a reclusive cult horror film director. (August)

Sparta

Roxana Robinson

Farrar Straus & Giroux/Sara Crichton, $27

Returning home after four years in Iraq, a college grad and former Marine struggles with estrangement and adjusting to civilian life. (June)

Brief Encounters with the Enemy

Said Sayrafiezadeh

Dial Press, $25

A collection of stories from the Whiting Writers' Award winner centering on men's struggles and fleeting triumphs of everyday encounters with women, cruel bosses and the morning commute. (August)

Big Brother

Lionel Shriver

HarperCollins, $26.99

The author of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" offers up a novel about family, food and fat: Pandora's life is upended when her obese brother moves in and she determines to save him from himself. (June)

Sisterland

Curtis Sittenfeld

Random House, $27

Twin sisters Kate and Violet have the ability to foresee future events; when Violet publicly predicts a devastating earthquake, Kate struggles with her discomfort over their abilities. (June)

The Blood of Heaven

Kent Wascom

Grove Press, $25

In the Louisiana Territory during Southern frontier days, two teens escape the clutches of their preacher father, who robs and proselytizes along the way. (June)

Revenge Wears Prada

The Devil Returns

Lauren Weisberger

Simon & Schuster, $25.99

In this "Devil Wears Prada" sequel, Andy has teamed with former nemesis Emily on a high-fashion bridal magazine while preparing for her own wedding. Will her past (and Miranda) come back to haunt her?(June)

Lotería

Mario Alberto Zambrano

HarperCollins, $21.99

In this debut novel, a Mexican-American girl uses the game of Lotería to reveal her memories, which add up to a heartwenching tale of violence, love and a broken family. (July)

Mystery and Thrillers

Holy Orders

A Quirke Novel

Benjamin Black

Henry Holt, $26

The latest book in the 1950s-set adventures of the Dublin morgue consultant pathologist finds Quirke investigating a conspiracy in the Catholic Church after one of his daughter's closet friends is murdered. (August)

The Rules of Wolfe

James Carlos Blake

Mysterious Press, $24

The follow-up to Blake's 2012 novel "Country of Bad Wolves" focuses on Eddie Gato Wolfe, a member of a family of Texas gunrunners who goes to work for a Mexican drug cartel. (July)

Hour of the Rat

Lisa Brackmann

Soho Crime, $25.95

Iraq War veteran Ellie McEnroe's life in Beijing is turned upside down when her mother comes to visit, and an old Army buddy asks her to help track down his missing brother. Soon, the three (plus her mother's new boyfriend) are caught in a web of conspiracy. (June)

If You Were Here

Alafair Burke

HarperCollins, $25.99

Reporter McKenna Jordan is investigating the story of a woman who saved a teenager from being killed on subway tracks; as McKenna examines grainy video, she discovers that the mysterious heroine resembles an old friend who vanished 10 years ago. (June)

Light of the World

James Lee Burke

Simon & Schuster, $27.99

When serial killer Asa Surrette escapes from a prison transport van, he launches a vendetta against a writer who sought to prove Surrette was guilty of other crimes. (July)

Blood of the Lamb

Sam Cabot

Blue Rider, $27.95

American Jesuit priest Thomas Kelly and Italian art historian Livia Pietro are on the hunt for a document stolen from the Vatican, but they're not the only ones looking for this ancient treasure. (August)

Bad Blood

A Crime Novel

Arne Dahl. Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Pantheon, $25.95

The sequel to Dahl's "Misterioso" finds the Intercrime team trying to stop an American serial killer running rampant in Sweden. (August)

The Kill Room

A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Jeffery Deaver

Grand Central, $28

In the 10th Lincoln Rhyme novel, quadriplegic forensics expert Rhyme and his team investigate the killing of a U.S. citizen by the U.S. government. (June)

The Shadow Tracer

Meg Gardiner

Dutton, $26.95

Sarah Keller is a single mother and a master at tracking those who have gone on the lam. After her daughter Zoe is involved in an accident, a medical test reveals a deep family secret and leads to Sarah being accused of murder, forcing her to go on the run. (July)

The Fame Thief

Timothy Hallinan

Soho Crime, $25

Los Angeles burglar turned private eye Junior Bender is hired by an elderly former Hollywood studio executive to investigate a crime he believes was committed more than 60 years ago — and then he finds the crime heating up again all around him. (June)

Bad Monkey

Carl Hiaasen

Knopf, $26.95

Why is there a frozen arm in ex-Miami cop Andrew Yancy's fridge? Yancy is convinced it's evidence of a murder, but to prove it, he will have to deal with a colorful cast of characters, from real estate developers to the local voodoo witch. (June)

Skinner

Charlie Huston

Mulholland/Little, Brown, $26

Skinner is a peerless assassin that even his handlers have begun to fear. He's brought back from exile to guard an attractive, hypersensitive systems engineer needed to combat a cyber-terrorist attack, mysteriously tied to the slums of Mumbai. (July)

Hunting Eve

Iris Johansen

St. Martin's, $27.99

This thriller picks up where Johansen's last novel about forensic sculptor Eve Duncan left off: After being kidnapped, Eve must match wits with the man holding her captive. (July)

The Curiosity

Stephen Kiernan

William Morrow, $25.99

A team of scientists discovers a man frozen in Arctic ice, and the project's benefactor orders the team to attempt to bring the frozen man back to life. (July)

The Last Word

Lisa Lutz

Simon & Schuster, $25

After staging a hostile takeover of her family's business, private investigator Izzy Spellman is accused of embezzling funds from a wealthy former client, leaving Izzy fighting to save her name, license and the firm. (July)

Kiss Me First

Lottie Moggach

Doubleday, $25.95

The founder of a philosophy and ethics website lures a friendless young woman into a bizarre case of identity theft through social media in this eerie psychological thriller. (July)

Visitation Street

Ivy Pochoda

Ecco, $25.99

On a hot summer's day in Brooklyn, two 15-year-old girls take a raft out on a bay, but only one returns — an event that will have repercussions throughout the neighborhood. (July)

Circle of Shadows

Imogen Robertson

Pamela Dorman/ Viking, $27.95

In Robertson's latest 18th-century mystery, widow Harriet Westerman travels to the Duchy of Maulberg in Germany to prove her brother is innocent of murder (June)

The Child Thief

Dan Smith

Pegasus Crime, $25.95

In the bleak winter of 1930, a wounded man pulls a sled into a small Ukrainian village. On the sled lie the bodies of two dead children with mutilations that point to an act of cannibalism. (June)

Out of Range

Hank Steinberg

William Morrow, $25.99

Journalist Charlie Davis nearly died while covering protests in Uzbekistan, but nothing can prepare him for the fear he feels when his wife disappears at Disneyland and he begins to dig through her past. (June)

Aftershock

A Thriller

Andrew Vachss

Pantheon, $26.95

In a small seaside village, the high school softball star guns down the most popular boy in school; a former Médecins Sans Frontières nurse and her ex-Legionnaire husband investigate and discover shocking secrets beneath the town's happy facade. (June)

Enigma of China

An Inspector Chen Novel

Qiu Xiaolong

Minotaur, $25.99

Shanghai Police Department Chief Inspector Chen Cao is up for a promotion when the Communist Party asks him to rule the death of a party member a suicide; Cao begins to suspect foul play and possible party interference. (June)

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Omens

A Cainsville Novel

Kelley Armstrong

Dutton, $26.95

The first book of the "Otherworld" author's new series mixes mystery and fantasy as Olivia Taylor Jones discovers that she is the adopted daughter of convicted serial killers; she looks for the truth in the mysterious town of Cainsville, Ill. (August)

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

Emily Croy Barker

Pamela Dorman/ Viking, $27.95

Grad student Nora Fischer is suffering from writer's block on her dissertation when she walks through a portal into a glamorous fantasy world — until events take a turn for the worst and Nora must learn magic to survive. (August)

The Shining Girls

Lauren Beukes

Mulholland/Little Brown, $26

In Depression-era Chicago, the sadistic Harper Curtis discovers a house that allows him to jump to other time periods, where he begins murdering bright young women he calls "shining girls." In 1989, one of his victims survives and begins hunting for the killer. (June)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman

William Morrow, $25.99

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home in England and is overcome by a sudden flood of horrifying memories from his youth; his only hope for escaping this torment is a strange family that knows things no human being could know. (June)

Elysian Fields

Sentinels of New Orleans, Book 3

Suzanne Johnson

Tor, $25.99

In the third volume of Johnson's urban fantasy series, a necromancer resurrects an early 20th century serial killer known as the Axeman of New Orleans; wizard DJ Jaco seeks to stop the Axeman, as long as the Axeman doesn't find her first. (August)

Kill City Blues

A Sandman Slim Novel

Richard Kadrey

Harper Voyager, $24.99

The fifth Sandman Slim book finds James Stark (a.k.a. Sandman Slim) back in L.A., tasked by the older gods to find a powerful weapon he recently misplaced and a dead man hidden in an abandoned shopping mall crawling with danger. (August)

The Shambling Guide to New York City

Mur Lafferty

Orbit, $15

Unemployed travel writer Zoe Norris is hired by Underground Publishing to write a travel guide to New York City … for the undead. (June)

The Arrivals

Melissa Marr

William Morrow, $24.99

The day after she breaks five years of sobriety, Chloe awakes in the Wasteland, a mysterious world full of monsters and people pulled from different historical eras; none of them know how they got there or how to get out. (July)

Gameboard of the Gods

Richelle Mead

Dutton, $26.95

In the first book of the "Vampire Academy" author's new series, former exile Justin March and enhanced soldier Mae Koskinen investigate a series of bizarre ritualistic murders in the dystopian Republic of United North America. (June)

Reviver

A Novel

Seth Patrick

St. Martin's/ Dunne, $25.99

A journalist launches an investigation into medium Eleanor Preston, only to discover that Preston can actually revive the recently deceased; a "forensic reviver" working for the police begins to suspect there are dark forces behind this so-called miracle. (June)

Jack Glass

The Story of a Murderer

Adam Roberts

Gollancz, $24.95

In this novel reminiscent of classic space opera, the discovery of faster-than-light travel offers humanity the chance to travel beyond the solar system, but it also brings with it construction of a bomb capable of destroying entire planets. (June)

The Homecoming

Carsten Stroud

Knopf, $25

After the mysterious death of young Rainey Teague's parents, Kate and Nick Kavanaugh agree to take care of the child — but soon discover that he's a time-warping shape-shifter. (July)

The Blinding Knife

Brent Weeks

Orbit, $25.99

This follow-up to "The Black Prism" picks up with a dying Gavin Guile as he deals with magic gone wild, the rebirth of the old gods and an illegitimate son he's only just met. (August)

Sea Change

S.M. Wheeler

Tor, $24.99

The daughter of a nobleman must embark on an epic quest to rescue her closest friend, a gentle kraken, when he is sold to a circus. (June)

Children

What Floats in a Moat?

Lynne Berry. Illustrations by Matthew Cordell.

Simon & Schuster, $17.99, ages 5-9

An eccentric goat and a chicken must deliver barrels of buttermilk to the queen, but a castle moat stands in their way. A little innovative thinking, mixed with science and persistence, adds to the shenanigans. (July)

Jazzy in the Jungle

Lucy Cousins

Candelwick, $14.99 Ages 2-5

Tropical colored die-cut illustrations and liftable flaps entice readers' interaction with a mama lemur as she searches through the jungle for her child, Jazzy, encountering an exotic array of critters along the way. (August)

The Day the Crayons Quit

Drew Daywalt. Illustrations by Oliver Jeffers.

Philomel, $17.99 Ages 3-7

An assortment of crayons write a letter to their owner expressing disgruntlement: red is tired of being overused on fire trucks and Santas, white feels ignored and peach wants to know why his paper wrapping has been peeled off. (June)

Henry's Map

David Elliot

Philomel, $16.99 Ages 4-8

Unhappy with the mess on his farm, an overly organized pig embarks on a comedic adventure to map everything in this book by the illustrator of Brian Jacques's Redwall books. (June)

Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish

Kate Messner, Illustrated by Andy Rashbr>
Chronicle Books. $16.99, ages 3-5

When the new fish in school starts pushing everyone around, a charming sea monster must deal with his bullying ways in this second "Sea Monster" tale. (June)

Niño Wrestles the World

Yuyi Morales

Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99, ages 4-8

Cloaked in a red mask, sneakers and underpants, a young boy imagines boldly knocking off scary demons and a groaning Guanajuato Mummy with his own trademark wrestling moves. (June)

Lost Sloth

J. Otto Seibold

McSweeney's, $16.95, ages 4+

With only eight hours to claim a shopping spree, a slow-moving, narcoleptic sloth rides a zip line, a hang glider and an out-of-control shopping cart to make it to the store in time in this quirky book from the author of "Olive, the Other Reindeer." (June)

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

Bob Shea

Hyperion, $15.99, ages 3-6

A once-cool goat feels dejected when he can't compete with rainbows and sparkles from the new unicorn in town but soon learns that the unicorn has some goat-envy, too. (June)

Middle Grades

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Chris Grabenstein

Random House, $16.99 ages 9-12

A dozen seventh-graders are locked into a technologically-sophisticated new library, challenged to escape using only their imaginations with a tip of the hat to both "Willie Wonka" and "Survivor"-style reality shows. (June)

Ariol

Thunder Horse

Emmanuel Guibert. Illustrations by Marc Boutavant.

Papercutz, $12.99, ages 7-10

The misadventures of this bespectacled, school-age donkey and his anthropomorphic animal friends continue in these humorous tales, told in cartoon form. (June)

The Thing About Luck

Cynthia Kadohata. Illustrations by Julia Kuo

Atheneum, $16.99, ages 10-14

The 12-year-old daughter of migrant workers is left with her grandparents and her younger brother during the harvest, forcing her to make the best of a bad situation in this novel by Newbery Medalist Kadohata. (June)

Clueless McGee and The Inflatable Pants

Jeff Mack

Penguin Young Readers, $12.99, ages 7-12

When a school trophy goes missing, PJ McGee is determined to crack the case and prove he was framed after being disqualified from the science fair in this "Diary of a Wimpy Kid'-style graphic novel. (June)

SYLO

DJ MacHale

Razorbill, $17.99, ages 10-16

In this first of a planned trilogy, when people start dying on his serene Maine Island and the town is quarantined by a rogue division of the U.S. Navy, 14-year-old Tucker Pierce must escape the to the mainland to find the truth. (July)

The Apprentices

Maile Meloy. Illustrations by Ian Schoenherr

Putnam, $16.99, ages 10+

Magic and alchemical mischief continue in this sequel to "The Apothecary," set in 1954, as the three heroes, scattered across the globe, try to reunite and head off nuclear disaster. (June)

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

Claudia Mills. Iillustrations by Rob Shepperson.

Ferguson /Farrar, Straus, $15.99, ages 7-10

Scheming and family functions stand in the way of a third grader's single-minded pursuit to win her school's monthlong reading contest. (June)

Primates

The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas

Jim Ottaviani. Illustrations by Maris Wicks

First Second, $19.99, ages 10-14

This graphic novel offers a look at primatology with vivid profiles of three protegees of British archaeologist Louis Leakey, highlighting their distinct contributions to the study of primate behavior. (June)

The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail

Richard Peck. Illustrations by Kelly Murphy

Dial, $16.99, ages 8-12

On the run from school yard bullies, an orphan mouse find himself in Buckingham Palace during Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in this follow-up to "Secrets at Sea" by Newbery winner Peck. (July)

P.S. Be Eleven

Rita Williams-Garcia

Amistad, $16.99, ages 8-12

In this sequel to the Newbery Honor Book "One Crazy Summer," Delphine returns to Brooklyn from Black Panther camp to face her unconventional family and the turbulent events shaking her life of 1968. (June)

Young Adult

The Testing

Joelle Charbonneau

Houghton Mifflin, $17.99, ages 12+

In this "Hunger Games"-esque tale, the first in a planned trilogy, teens fight for survival in an annual Testing with the best and brightest continuing on to help rebuild their world. (June)

If You Could Be Mine

Sara Farizan

Algonquin, $16.95, ages 12-18

A lesbian teen in Iran contemplates a sex change when the girl she loves gives in to family pressures and becomes engaged to a man. (August)

Deviant

Helen FitzGerald

Soho Teen, $17.99, ages 14+

After her birth mother dies and bequeaths her a large sum of money, a 16 year old girl Scottish girl adjusts to her new life in Los Angeles with her privileged relatives. (June)

The Moon and More

Sarah Dessen

Viking, $19.99, ages 12+

A college-bound girl's idyllic, planned-out life is upended when her estranged father, brother and a handsome out-of-towner show up in her quiet North Carolina beach town. (June)

September Girls

Bennett Madison

HarperTeen, $17.99, ages 14+

A sarcastic 17 year old boy's summer at a boring beach town is transformed by insight and a legion of mysterious blonde girls. (May)

Winger

Andrew Smith. Illustrated by Sam Bosma

Simon & Schuster, $16.99, ages 14+

A self-professed loser, 14 year old Ryan is at an elite boarding school, struggling with his crush on an unattainable girl and his bullying rugby-star roommate in this coming-of-age story. (May)

Star Cursed

Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book Two

Jessica Spotswood

Putnam, $17.99, ages 12+

In this sequel to "Born Wicked," an all-out war with another witch is on the horizon when Cate is unwilling to endanger everyone she loves by joining in the sisterhood's schemes. (June)

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Matthew Quick

Little Brown, $18, ages 15+

In this new book by the author of "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Boy 21," Leonard Peacock must say his good-byes to the people in his life who mattered the most before killing his former best friend and then himself. (August)

Intuition

C.J. Omololu

Walker, $17.99, ages 12+

Cole and Griffon's romance is threatened when a love from Cole's past life in 16th century England appears claiming to be her husband in this sequel to the reincarnation story "Transcendence." (June)

When You Were Here

Daisy Whitney

Little, Brown, $18, ages 12+

High school valedictorian Danny Kellerman travels to Tokyo to find answers about his mother's final days before dying from cancer; along the way he makes a shocking discovery about his ex-girlfriend. (June)

The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey

Putnam, $18.99, ages 12+

A 16 year old survivor of an alien invasion searches for her brother while trying to avoid the assassin trying to kill her in the first of a planned trilogy from the author of "The Monstrumologist" series. (May)

Boy Nobody

Allen Zadoff

Little, Brown, $18, ages 15+

After losing his parents and his identity, a secretly trained teenage assassin is given five days to infiltrate a private school and befriend the beautiful daughter of New York City's mayor before killing him. (June)

Audio

City of Bones: Movie Tie-In

The Mortal Instruments

Cassandra Clare

Simon & Schuster, $14.99 ages 14 and up

Soon to be a blockbuster movie, this young adult saga revolves around 15-year-old Clary Fray, who witnesses a murder and then is drawn into the secret milieu of the Shadowhunters, a group devoted to expelling demons from our world and back to their own. (July)

Roald Dahl in His Own Words

BBC Radio Archives

Narrated by Roald Dahl

AudioGO, $16.95

The author of "Matilda," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and ribald tales for adults looks back on his life and career in this collection of BBC interviews from 1972 to 1989. (June)

Theodore Boone

The Activist

John Grisham

Penguin Audio, $19.95 Ages 8-12

In the latest installment of Grisham's children's series about a teenage lawyer, Boone finds himself in the middle of a hotly contested environmental battle. (May)

The Stench of Honolulu

A Tropical Adventure

Jack Handey

Grand Central Audio, $24.98

This National Lampoon and "Saturday Night Live" veteran and creator of "Deep Thoughts" gives the adventure novel a humorous twist with this tale of two men on a quest for the Golden Monkey in Honolulu. (July)

Eleven Rings

The Soul of Success

Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

Penguin Audio, $39.95

Former Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson, who's won more championship titles than any other coach in professional sports history, looks back on his career and explains how a North Dakota preacher's son became "the Zen Master." (May)

Joyland

Stephen King

Simon & Schuster Audio, $29.99

King's newest novel is a period mystery: At a North Carolina amusement park in 1973, a college student working as a carny must deal with the legacy of a murder that happened years ago in the park's Horror House. (June )

Pilgrim's Wilderness

A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier

Tom Kizzia

Random House Audio, $40

The chilling true story of Papa Pilgrim and his large family, who brought their own brand of chaos to a small Alaska frontier outpost, sparking a stand-off with the government that held a town captive. (July)

A Treacherous Paradise

Henning Mankell, translated by Laurie Thompson

Random House Audio, $40

From the author of the Wallander crime novels comes this tale of a young twice-widowed Swedish woman who becomes the owner of a bordello in colonial Mozambique at the start of the 20th century. (July)

Fin & Lady

A Novel

Cathleen Schine

Macmillan Audio, $39.99

In this bildungsroman set against the swinging '60s, a young boy named Fin is orphaned and must move from his quiet Connecticut dairy farm to live with his much older half sister, Lady, in Greenwich Village, where things will never be the same for him. (July)

The Engagements

J. Courtney Sullivan

Random House Audio, $45

This sprawling novel about marriage spans nearly 100 years and focuses on four couples, as well as a young single copywriter who coins the ad slogan "Diamonds Are Forever," which resonates through the decades. (June)

Long Live the King

Fay Weldon

Macmillan Audio, $39.99

From the author of "Upstairs, Downstairs" comes the second novel in a trilogy about an earl's family and his servants at the turn of the 20th century. (May)

Biography and Memoirs

Buck

A Memoir

M.K. Asante

Spiegel & Grau, $25

A young filmmaker, academic and author of "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop," Asante traces his self-education as he makes his way from Zimbabwe to the streets of North Philadelphia and emerges through the power of language. (August)

A Matter of Life

Jeffrey Brown

Top Shelf, $14.95

The author of the Star Wars parenting parody "Darth Vader and Son" presents an autobiographical tale of fatherhood in graphic novel form, focusing on Brown's relationships with his minister father and young son. (July)

The Art of Sleeping Alone

Why One French Woman Gave Up Sex

Sophie Fontanel

Scribner, $19.99

An editor of French Elle writes of her decision to remain single and celibate — and its profoundly liberating effect on her life. (August)

A Million Years with You

A Memoir of Life Observed

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25

The octagenarian naturalist and author looks at how her wisdom and insights were influenced by her early expeditions to Africa. (June)

The Spy Who Loved

The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville

Clare Mulley

St. Martin's/Dunne, $26.99

The little known story of Britian's first female special agent, whose top secret missions — parachuting behind enemy lines, skiing over mountains into occupied Poland — contributed to Allied victory in WWII. (June)

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place

Howard Norman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26

The acclaimed novelist weaves together life experiences, including working at a bookmobile, dealing with a grifter father and working in the arctic, to lyrical effect. (July)

Rose Kennedy

The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch

Barbara A. Perry

W.W. Norton, $27.95

Drawing on newly released diaries and letters, this biography offers a more complete portrait of the matriarch of America's eminent political family dynasties. (July)

Son of a Gun

A Memoir

Justin St. Germain

Random House, $26

The author returns to his hometown of Tombstone, Arizona where his mother was murdered in 2001 by her fifth husband, hoping to make sense of her life and death. (August)

Highs in the Low Fifties

How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living

Marion Winik

Globe Pequot/Skirt!, $21.95

Attempting to rebuild her life as a widowed divorcee, the NPR commentator chronicles her series of outlandish dating misadventures. (June)

Science and History

The Cancer Chronicles

Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

George Johnson

Knopf, $27.95

After his wife was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, New York Times science writer Johnson embarked on an intense and comprehensive exploration of the history — and future — of cancer. (August)

A Short History of Nuclear Folly

Mad Scientists, Dithering Nazis, Lost Nukes, and Catastrophic Cover-Ups

Rudolph Herzog

Melville, $26

The author and son of filmmaker Werner Herzog presents a sardonic, little-known history of misguided, accidental and irresponsible uses of nuclear technology. (May)

What Makes A Hero?

The Surprising Science of Selflessness

Elizabeth Svoboda

Current, $27.95

Using real-life examples, Svoboda examines how biology, psychology and outside influences produce heroic and altruistic behavior, and what factors compel us to sacrifice for others. (August)

Rewire

Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

Ethan Zuckerman

W. W. Norton, $26.95

An MIT scholar believes we could be better utilizing the internet to create global connections across cultures; drawing on psychology and sociology, he suggests ways to rethink human interaction in the digital age. (June)

Friend of the Court

On the Front Lines with the First Amendment

Floyd Abrams

Yale University Press, $32.50

This collection from the First Amendment lawyer gathers speeches, articles, briefs and testimony from his career, which includes some of the most controversial free-speech cases of the past four decades. (June)

Antarctica

A Biography

David Day

Oxford University Press, $34.95

A deeply researched exploration of the inhospitable continent spanning two centuries, this sprawling volume touches on the dynamic personalities racing to claim the territory and the establishment of scientific bases. (June)

Revolutionary Summer

The Birth of American Independence

Joseph J. Ellis

Knopf, $26.95

Focusing on the pivotal months in 1776 when the thirteen colonies seceded from the British Empire, the Pulitzer-winning Ellis tells the story of how the Continental Congress and Army came together amid chaos to win independence. (June)

The Deserters

A Hidden History of World War II

Charles Glass

Penguin, $27.95

Drawing on army archives, personal diaries and court-martial records, journalist Glass offers a new perspective on American and British soldiers pushed to their breaking point on the front lines in Europe during World War II. (June)

American Gun

A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms

Chris Kyle and William Doyle

William Morrow, $29.99

Before his death earlier this year, the former Navy SEAL and top sniper highlighted several guns that have played a significant role in shaping U.S. history. (June)

The March on Washington

Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

William P. Jones

W. W. Norton, $26.95

This book goes beyond Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, looking at the role of the labor movement and other networks on civil rights history, and provides a fresh take on events leading up to the 1963 March on Washington. (July)

Franco's Crypt

Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936

Jeremy Treglown

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30

British author Treglown reexamines the impact of Franco and the Spanish Civil War on the country, using cultural artifacts such as books and movies of the time to dispel stereotypes and look at the legacy of the era.. (Aug)

Ecstatic Nation

Confidence, Crisis and Compromise 1848-1877

Brenda Wineapple

HarperCollins, $35

A wide array of historcal voices bring to life this deeply researched account of the political, social and cultural history of Civil War-era America, from politicians to suffragists, poets to Native American chiefs. (August)

Sports and Pop Culture

The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines

Shohreh Aghdashloo

HarperCollins, $26.99

The Oscar nominated actress' journey from a childhood in Iran during the Ayatollah Khomeini's religious regime to her struggles as a Persian actress in Hollywood. (June)

My Lunches with Orson

Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles

Edited by Peter Biskind

Metropolitan, $28

This collection of transcripts from recently discovered tapes lets us listen in private chats between the two directors during the last years of Welles' life, with sharp-tongued commentary aimed at everyone from Laurence Olivier to Woody Allen. (July)

Ava Gardner

The Secret Conversations

Ava Gardner & Peter Evans

Simon & Schuster, $26

The glamorous Hollywood star revealed much about her private and public life in late-night conversations with journalist Evans, including telling details about tumultuous relationships with Howard Hughes, Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra. (July)

I Wear the Black Hat

Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

Chuck Klosterman

Scribner, $25

What makes someone a villain? Pop culture writer and "Ethicist" columnist Klosterman blends cultural analysis with observations on the complexity of the anti-hero. (July)

You Know me But You Don't Like Me

Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes

Nathan Rabin

Scribner, $16

The author of "My Year of Flops" taps into the basic human need for community when he hits the road touring with two of music's rabid fan bases: Phish's hippies and Insane Clown Posse's notorious "Juggalos." (June)

Super Boys

The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — the Creators of Superman

Brad Ricca

St. Martin's, $27.99

This history of the lifelong friendship between two boys who went on to create the Man of Steel details the real inspiration for Lois Lane, the origins of the first Superman story and Siegel's secret work during World War II. (June)

The Bling Ring

How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World

Nancy Jo Sales

It Books, $15.99 paper

Sales expands on her Vanity Fair feature (the basis for Sofia Coppola's upcoming movie) about teenagers from the Valley who robbed Hollywood stars. (May)

Self-Inflicted Wounds

Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

Aisha Tyler

It Books, $24.99

Painful but funny humiliations, regrets, insults and cringeworthy moments that shaped the life of the comedian, actress and talk show host. (July)

The Boys in the Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Daniel James Brown

Viking, $28.95

An underdog story of nine working-class boys from the University of Washington's eight-oar crew and their determination to win an Olympic gold medal racing against elite teams from England and Nazi Germany. (June)

Doc

A Memoir

Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican

New Harvest, $27

The former NY Mets pitcher had a Cy Young Award and a World Series crown and the adoration of fans, only to throw it all away on drugs and alcohol; he details his struggles to get sober and his relationships with family and fellow players. (June)

Fantasy Life

The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It

Matthew Berry

Riverhead, $27.95

An ESPN columnist chronicles his experience in the popular world of fantasy sports teams, which has grown from a niche subculture into a serious national pastime. (July)

Loopers

A Caddie's Twenty-Year Golf Odyssey

John Dunn

Crown, $25

One man's account of how a carefree summer job as a caddy evolved into an irresistible lifestyle working on exclusive golf courses around the world. (May)

Straight Flush

The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire — and How It All Came Crashing Down

Ben Mezrich

William Morrow, $27.99

The author of "The Accidental Billionaires" returns with another tale of college friends gone wild, this time frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game into one of the largest online gaming companies in the world. (June)

Lifestyle

The Longest Road

Overland in Search of America, From Key West to the Arctic Ocean

Philip Caputo

Henry Holt, $28

In search of the real issues that unite and divide the country, Caputo embarked on a 16,000-mile road trip from Key West, Fla., to Deadhorse, Alaska, and stopped to talk to everyday Americans along the way. (July)

Hitchhiking With Larry David

An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard

Paul Samuel Dolman

Gotham, $22.50

On a spiritual quest in the aftermath of a painful breakup, a man hitchhikes around the storied island, encountering many characters — among them Larry David, with whom he forges a unique friendship. (June)

Counterclockwise

My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging

Lauren Kessler

Rodale, $24.99

Kessler investigates and immerses herself in the anti-aging movement in hopes of reversing her biological clock from the inside out. (June)

On the Noodle Road

From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta

Jen Lin-Liu

Riverhead, $27.95

A food writer carves a culinary path along the Silk Road in search of food and cultural connections. (July)

Bootstrapper

From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm

Mardi Jo Link

Knopf, $24.95

Serious debt and a divorce left this mother of three with a steely resolve to live off the land and raise her boys simply in a century-old farmhouse. (June)

Italian Ways

On and Off the Rails From Milan to Palermo

Tim Parks

W.W. Norton, $25.95

British novelist Parks uses train journeys as a way to explore the wonders and absurdities of modern Italian life, encountering all kinds of ordinary Italians along the way to a cultural history of the rails. (June)

The Telling Room

A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

Michael Paterniti

The Dial Press, $27

Under the spell of a "sublime" cheese, Paterniti (author of "Driving Mr. Albert") relocates his family to the cheesemaker's village in Spain, where he gets implicated in an unfolding mystery that involves death threats and a murder plot. (July)

But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!

Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry

Julia Reed

St. Martin's, $25.99

The Garden & Gun columnist mixes writing on her own culinary adventures with recipes and cocktail tips culled from Southern hostesses, New York socialites and top mixologists at the Paris Ritz. (May)

The New York Review Abroad

Fifty Years of International Reportage

Edited by Robert B. Silvers

New York Review Books, $30

This collection offers 28 eyewitness accounts from the likes of Susan Sontag, who writes of staging "Waiting for Godot" in war-torn Sarajevo, and Ryszard Kapuscinski, who recalls being set on fire while running roadblocks in Nigeria. (June)

To the Moon and Timbuktu

A Trek Through the Heart of Africa

Nina Sovich

New Harvest, $25

Following in the footsteps of famous female explorers such as Mary Kingsley and Kenyan farmer (and author) Karen Blixen, journalist Sovich packs her bags for a trek through the lands of West Africa. (July)

The Last Train to Zona Verde

My Ultimate African Safari

Paul Theroux

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27

The celebrated travel writer returns to Africa 50 years after his first trip there and, ever alert to the continent's history and struggles, describes the very different place he encounters. (May)

The Prophets of Smoked Meat

A Journey Through Texas Barbecue

Daniel Vaughn

Anthony Bourdain Books /Ecco, $29.99

From brisket to ribs, beef to pork, mesquite to oak, this book by Texas Monthly's barbecue editor offers a fully illustrated, comprehensive guide to Lone Star State-style BBQ. (May)

The Road to Burgundy

The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France

Ray Walker

Gotham, $26

After a wine-tasting vacation, Walker quit his job in finance, moved to France and immersed himself in Burgundy winemaking; now he shares his stories of struggles and success in starting his own winery, Maison Ilan. (July)