December 4, 2011
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95
A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia.
The Angel Esmeralda
The first collection of short stories from a defining American voice in contemporary fiction.
The Art of Fielding
Little, Brown, $25.99
The complicated nature of relationships revolving around a gifted college baseball player.
The Artist of Disappearance
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $23
Embittered characters with artistic sensibilities find unexpected sources of creativity in this trio of linked novellas.
The Back Chamber
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22
A 16th poetry collection in which the poet, now in his early 80s, explores sex, desire and his beloved New Hampshire landscape.
The Barbarian Nurseries
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27
A Mexican maid's Los Angeles odyssey and the tangled web of the California judicial system.
Before the End, After the Beginning
Grove Press, $24
Stories of boys and men trying to assert control over their situations in the face of life's often unexpected changes.
The Berrybender Narratives
Simon & Schuster, $32.50
Collected as a single volume, the adventures of an aristocratic British family in early 19th century America provide a portrait of the American West as its frontier was opening.
Blueprints for Building Better Girls
Simon & Schuster, $24
The eight stories in this collection connect in unexpected ways and explore how contemporary women live.
The Cat's Table
Alfred A. Knopf, $26
A young boy's sea voyage from Sri Lanka to England in the early 1950s centers on the company he dines with, far from the captain's table.
Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes
The latest in his Albany cycle, Kennedy's novel follows a young man to pre-revolutionary Cuba in the late 1950s.
The Deleted World: Poems
Versions by Robin Robertson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $13, paper
A collection of poems, many of which have never been published in the U.S., from the writer who was awarded this year's Nobel Prize for literature.
The lives of four women intersect during the siege of Masada by the Roman army.
An Ermine in Czernopol
Gregor Von Rezzori, introduction by Daniel Kehlmann
New York Review Books, $16.95 paper
The tragicomic story of a military officer, at the end of World War I, who refuses to accept both his wife's infidelity and the waning of his beloved Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Every Third Thought
A Novel in Five Seasons
After falling and hurting himself in the autumn of the year, 77-year-old George I. Newett experiences visions connected to seasons and moments in his life.
The Best of the Rumpole Stories
A selection of adventures featuring everyone's favorite, cigar-chewing London barrister, Horace Rumpole.
The Forgotten Waltz
W.W. Norton, $25.95
Our reviewer wrote that Enright "balances rapture and grief" in this tale of a woman's life turned upside down by an affair.
Harlem Renaissance Novels
The Library of America Collection
Edited by Safia Zafar
Library of America, $70, boxed set
Works from Langston Hughes, Claude McKay and Wallace Thurman are included in this two-volume set.
The Iron Boys
Burning Books, $10, paper
The narrator of this novel takes readers into the heart of another century and an outlaw band of Luddites committed to rebelling against the future.
The Lady of the Rivers
The bestselling author continues her "The Cousins' War" series by tracing the elusive, early life of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, who found herself and her children caught at the center of the War of the Roses.
Los Angeles Stories
City Lights, $15.95, paper
The famed musician offers a quirky love letter to a bygone era in the City of Angels.
Lost Memory of Skin
Released from jail after having sex with an underage girl, the character the Kid settles under a causeway with other convicted sex offenders and tries to start his life over.
A Man of Parts
Near the end of his life, an ailing H.G. Wells looks back on his wives and mistresses, his politics and the literary career in which he invented our future.
The Marriage Plot
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28
Eugenides, the author of Middlesex, offers a novel centered on a love triangle among recent Ivy League graduates.
Men in the Making
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24
A debut collection of short stories from the author of last year's well-received novel "The Wake of Forgiveness."
New and Selected Poems
Poems containing hard-won truths and including new poems written in the west of Ireland.
Ha Jin re-creates the terror and deprivations brought about by Japanese soldiers during the infamous Rape of Nanjing in 1937.
The Outlaw Album
Little, Brown, $24.99
In a first collection of short fiction from the author of the novel "Winter's Bone," Woodrell explores the lives of people on the fringes of society.
Out of Oz
William Morrow, $26.99
The fourth and last novel in a series that started with "Wicked" and darkly reimagines L. Frank Baum's fantasy world.
The Prague Cemetery
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27
The author who first thrilled readers with "The Name of the Rose" returns with the story of the forgery mastermind behind the creation of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."
Rules of Civility
A year in the life of three twentysomethings set in Jazz Age New York City.
Salvage the Bones
This year's winner of the National Book Award in fiction describes Gulf Coast lives in the days leading up to 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
Scenes From Village Life
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22
A new collection of short fiction centered on an Israeli village.
The Sense of an Ending
Alfred A. Knopf, $23.95
A brief novel about a mediocre man was the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize.
State of Wonder
A scientist heads into the jungles of Brazil to find out what happened to her vanished mentor, who is thought to be inventing a bold new fertility drug with vast implications.
Europa/Tonga books, $15, paper
Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson, a college grad believes Stevenson is speaking to her in his novel and determines to change her dull life and live as adventurously as young Jim Hawkins.
Partly set in Lower Manhattan, Whitehead's story creates a post-plague zombie universe undeniably more human than most novels in this genre.
King offers a portal into the past with what might have been story around the Kennedy assassination.
Alfred A. Knopf, $30.50
Lives of a ghostwriter and of a young girl, who steps out of a cab and enters a parallel world, converge in this epic-size novel from the author of "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle."
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