1. Calico Joe, John Grisham. A pitcher beans a promising rookie, ending both their careers; years later, the pitcher’s son brings them together.
2. Guilty Wives, James Patterson and David Ellis. Four friends in Monte Carlo for a luxurious girls’ vacation find themselves in prison, accused of a crime.
3. The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark. When a biblical scholar who made an amazing discovery is murdered, his daughter hunts for the killer (and a missing document).
4. Come Home, Lisa Scottoline. A woman joins with her estranged former stepdaughter to investigate the possible murder of her ex-husband.
5. The Shoemaker’s Wife, Adriana Trigiani. Childhood sweethearts in turn-of-the-20th-century Italy meet again in America.
1. Drift, Rachel Maddow. America’s path to war has become too easy, with excessive power ceded to the executive branch, the MSNBC host argues.
2. Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin. Recollections of the Secret Service agent assigned to guard Jacqueline Kennedy.
3. The Big Miss, Hank Haney. The golf coach’s memoir describes his six eventful years with Tiger Woods.
4. Imagine, Jonah Lehrer. An account of the science of creativity argues that it is not a gift but a thought process that can be learned.
5. Trickle Down Tyranny, Michael Savage. The radio host denounces President Barack Obama’s domestic and foreign policies as tyranny.
Advice, how-to, miscellaneous
1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier, Ree Drummond. More recipes.
2. The Blood Sugar Solution, Mark Hyman. Naming insulin resistance as a cause of diabetes and obesity, Hyman offers a plan for losing weight and preventing disease.
3. Let It Go, T.D. Jakes. Exploring forgiveness, for the wrongdoers and the wronged.
4. The 17 Day Diet, Mike Moreno. Four cycles to help you burn fat every day.
5. Weeknights With Giada, Giada De Laurentiis. The Food Network star offers recipes that can be prepared quickly after a full day.
Mass-market paper fiction
1. The Lucky One, Nicholas Sparks. A Marine returning home sets out to track down the woman whose photo he found in Iraq.
2. Chasing Fire, Nora Roberts. After the loss of her partner, a smoke jumper faces a new season of firefighting in Montana with a talented rookie.
3. The Affair, Lee Child. It’s 1997 and military cop Jack Reacher goes undercover in Mississippi to ferret out a possible scandal involving a soldier with powerful friends in Washington.
4. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin. In the frozen wastes north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are mustering; Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire.
5. The Postcard Killers, James Patterson and Liza Marklund. A New York City police detective and a Swedish reporter search for a killer preying on young couples in Europe.
Kids’ picture books
1. The Lorax, Dr. Seuss. An environmental warning, in images, wordplay and rhymes; first published in 1971. (Ages 6 to 9.)
2. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, Mo Willems. The duckling asks for a cookie — and gets one. Do you think the pigeon is happy about that? (Ages 2 to 6.)
3. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. As the sun sets, hard-working trucks get ready to say good night. (Ages 4 to 8.)
4. Press Here, Herve Tullet. A dance of color. (Ages 4 to 8.)
5. I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen. A bear’s missing hat is a mystery with a mischievous twist. (Ages 4 to 8.)
— New York Times