American Tapestry

The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

Rachel L. Swarns

Amistad, $27.99

An intimate look at the First Lady's colorful family tree going back five generations, traversing through the Revolutionary and Civil wars, the great migration and on to the White House. (June)

As Texas Goes…

How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda

Gail Collins

Norton/Liveright, $25.95

How the conservative political agenda growing deep in the heart of Texas is creating social and economic consequences for the rest of the country. (June)

Barack Obama

The Story

David Maraniss

Simon & Schuster, $32.50

This new biography of President Obama explores his early beginnings and his struggles with self-identity. Based on hundreds of documents, letters, journals and interviews, including with the President. (June)

Bring Up the Bodies

Hilary Mantel

Henry Holt: $28

Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell's vicious maneuverings continue in this sequel to "Wolf Hall." (May)

The Chinatown War