1. Winter of the World, Ken Follett. In Book 2 of the Century trilogy, members of five interrelated families from five countries, some of them children of characters in the previous book, Fall of Giants, grapple with the tumultuous historical events of the years 1939-49.
2. A Wanted Man, Lee Child. A carload of people involved in a conspiracy pick up a disheveled hitchhiker, Child’s vigilante hero Jack Reacher.
3. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
4. The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom. A fable about the inventor of the world’s first clock, who returns to our world after centuries of banishment.
5. Low Pressure, Sandra Brown. A woman makes disturbing discoveries — and acquires a stalker — when she writes a book about her sister’s murder.
1. 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.
2. The Price of Politics, Bob Woodward. Inside the debt-ceiling negotiations of 2011 with the Washington Post journalist.
3. Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie. The novelist’s life for nearly 10 years under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s death sentence for writing The Satanic Verses.
4. Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
5. The Oath, Jeffrey Toobin. The ideological battles between President Barack Obama and the Supreme Court.
Advice, how-to, miscellaneous
1. Daring Greatly, Brene Brown. How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.
2. Wheat Belly, William Davis. Examination of wheat in diets and argument for its elimination.
3. Guinness World Records 2013. Tallest, fastest, youngest, most.
4. Super Immunity, Joel Fuhrman. A nutrition guide for boosting the body’s defenses.
5. Divine Healing Hands, Zhi Gang Sha. How divine power can heal people, animals and nature.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls. The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved from one bleak place to another.
4. Catherine the Great, Robert K. Massie. The life of the minor 18th-century German princess who became empress of Russia.
5. In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson. This portrait of Berlin during the rise of the Nazis centers on the experiences of William E. Dodd, who became the U.S. ambassador to Germany in 1933, and his daughter, Martha.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky. What it’s like to grow up, from the perspective of a high school boy. (Ages 14 and older.)
2. Divergent, Veronica Roth. A girl must prove her mettle in a faction-ridden dystopia. (Ages 14 and older.)
3. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak. A girl saves books from Nazi burning. (Ages 14 and older.)
4. One Direction: Dare to Dream, One Direction. Life in a boy band. (Ages 6 to 12.)
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Ellen Forney. A boy leaves his reservation for an all-white school. (Ages 12 and older.)
— New York Times