1. Taken, Robert Crais. It’s Joe Pike to the rescue when Elvis Cole is seized by human traffickers.
2. Private: #1 Suspect, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. When a former lover’s dead body is found in his bed, Jack Morgan, a former Marine and the head of an investigative firm, is accused of murder.
3. Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James. Six years after Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy marry, their comfortable life is shaken by a murder, as James re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice with a mysterious twist.
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson. In the third volume of the Millennium trilogy, Swedish hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist confront a governmental adversary.
5. 11/22/63, Stephen King. An English teacher travels back to 1958 by way of a time portal in a Maine diner. His assignment is to stop Lee Harvey Oswald, but first he must determine whether Oswald is guilty of assassinating President John F. Kennedy.
1. Ameritopia, Mark R. Levin. A talk-show host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation surveys the utopian movement and warns that Americans must choose between utopianism and liberty.
2. American Sniper, Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. A member of the Navy SEALs who has the most career sniper kills in U.S. military history discusses his childhood, his marriage and his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war.
3. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson. A biography of the recently deceased entrepreneur, based on 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years.
4. Quiet, Susan Cain. Introverts — one-third of the population — are undervalued in American society.
5. Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The anchor of The O’Reilly Factor recounts one of the most consequential episodes of U.S. history: the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Advice, how-to, miscellaneous
1. The End of Illness, David B. Agus with Kristin Loberg. With a blend of storytelling, research and ideas, a cancer doctor challenges perceptions about what “health” means.
2. Taking People With You, David Novak. How to make big things happen by getting people on your side.
3. Deliciously G-Free, Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The author, a host on The View, presents 100 recipes that don’t have gluten.
4. The Psychology of Wealth, Charles Richards. A clinical psychologist sees determining our relationship with money as an important step to financial success.
5. Strategy for You, Rich Horwath. A business strategist’s five-step plan for building a bridge to the life you want.
1. Heaven Is for Real, Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an emergency appendectomy.
2. Bossypants, Tina Fey. A memoir from the former Saturday Night Live star and creator of 30 Rock.
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot. The story of an African-American woman whose cancerous cells were extensively cultured without her permission in 1951.
4. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell. Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.
5. The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander. Taking aim at the “war on drugs” and its impact on black men.
Kids’ chapter books
1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green. A 16-year-old heroine faces the medical realities of cancer. (Ages 14 and older.)
2. The Son of Neptune, Rick Riordan. The cast of characters expands; Book 2 of the Heroes of Olympus. (Ages 9 to 12.)
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs. An island, an abandoned orphanage and a collection of curious photographs. (Ages 12 or older.)
4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick. An orphan thief must decipher his father’s last message. (Ages 9 to 12.)
5. The Lego Ideas Book, Daniel Lipkowitz. Projects with plastic bricks. (Ages 7 or older.)
— New York Times