1. The Panther, Nelson DeMille. Posted to Yemen, anti-terrorist task force agent John Corey and his wife, an FBI agent, pursue a high-ranking al-Qaida operative — who is out to avenge the death of the Libyan terrorist Corey killed in New York.
2. The Twelve, Justin Cronin. A sequel to The Passage continues its story of life after an apocalypse.
3. The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling. The sudden death of a parish councilman reveals bitter social divisions in an idyllic English town; a novel for adults by the creator of Harry Potter.
4. The Bone Bed, Patricia Cornwell. A paleontologist’s disappearance in Canada turns out to be connected to crimes much closer to home for chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta; the 20th Scarpetta book.
5. NYPD Red, James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Detective Zach Jordan and his beautiful partner (and ex-girlfriend) must stop a deranged killer who has targeted a glittering New York film festival.
1. Killing Kennedy, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of The O’Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
2. No Easy Day, Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer. An account by a former member of the Navy SEALs of the mission that killed bin Laden.
3. Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of The O’Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
4. America Again, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Tom Purcell et al. The mock pundit of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report tells how to bring America back from the brink.
5. Who I Am, Pete Townshend. The rocker’s memoir.
Advice, how-to, miscellaneous
1. True Food, Andrew Weil and Sam Fox with Michael Stebner. Recipes created to be seasonal, inviting and easy to make.
2. Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. The city’s cuisine from a cross-cultural perspective: Arab and Jewish.
3. The Digest Diet, Liz Vaccariello. A 21-day plan gleaned from the latest in weight-loss science.
4. Guinness World Records 2013. Tallest, fastest, youngest, most.
5. Wheat Belly, William Davis. Examination of wheat in diets and argument for its elimination.
Trade paper fiction
1. Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James. An inexperienced college student falls in love with a tortured man who has particular sexual tastes; the first book in an erotic trilogy.
2. Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James. Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets, Anastasia ends their relationship — but desire still dominates her every thought; the second book in a trilogy.
3. Fifty Shades Freed, E.L. James. Reunited, Anastasia and Christian face a world of possibilities, and unexpected challenges; the final volume in a trilogy.
4. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell. Six linked stories involve myriad characters and conflicts: from New Zealand in the mid-19th century with a stowaway Moriori, to a Belgian estate in the 1930s, to 1970s California with a plucky journalist.
5. The Innocent, David Baldacci. When something about his latest mission seems wrong, government assassin Will Robie refuses to kill. Now he’s a target himself, trying to protect a 14-year-old girl at the center of a vast cover-up.
Kids’ picture books
1. Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole, Judy Schachner. Skippyjon is certain he has what it takes to be a circus star. (Ages 3 to 5.)
2. Llama Llama Time to Share, Anna Dewdney. Is Llama Llama ready to share all his toys? (Ages 3 to 5.)
3. Mossy, Jan Brett. Mossy, an amazing turtle in an Edwardian museum, wants to return home to Lilypad Pond. (Ages 3 to 5.)
4. Mousetronaut, Mark Kelly. Illustrated by C.F. Payne. Real astronaut experience informs this tale about a mouse on a mission. (Ages 4 to 8.)
5. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. As the sun sets, hardworking trucks get ready to say good night. (Ages 4 to 8.)
— New York Times