1. Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness. An Oxford scholar/witch and a vampire geneticist pursue history, secrets and each other in Elizabethan London.
2. I, Michael Bennett, James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. A New York detective takes refuge with his 10 children in an upstate cabin.
3. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
4. Backfire, Catherine Coulter. FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock investigate the murder of a judge.
5. The Next Best Thing, Jennifer Weiner. A young woman who moves to Hollywood to make it in television finds success, but her life remains complicated.
1. Wild, Cheryl Strayed. A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
2. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand. An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II after his bomber went down over the Pacific.
3. Dream Team, Jack McCallum. The 1992 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team.
4. The Amateur, Edward Klein. A journalist argues that President Barack Obama is callow and unable to lead.
5. Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of The O’Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Advice, how-to, miscellaneous
1. The Skinny Rules, Bob Harper with Greg Critser. The star of The Biggest Loser lays out “principles for getting thin.”
2. The 17 Day Diet, Mike Moreno. Four cycles to help you burn fat every day.
3. Wheat Belly, William Davis. An examination of wheat in modern diets and an argument for its elimination.
4. Six Weeks to OMG, Venice A. Fulton. A weight-loss plan that uses a mix of nutrition, biochemistry and more.
5. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier, Ree Drummond. More recipes.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard. A woman describes being kidnapped at age 11 and held prisoner for 18 years by a convicted rapist and his wife.
4. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell. Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.
5. 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.
Kids’ picture books
1. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce. Illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm. A story is scattered to the winds. (Ages 4 to 8.)
2. 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.)
3. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Eric Litwin. Illustrated by James Dean. Pete is wearing his favorite shirt. (Ages 3 to 7.)
4. Press Here, Herve Tullet. A dance of color. (Ages 4 to 8.)
5. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, Eric Litwin. Illustrated by James Dean. Well-shod Pete. (Ages 3 to 7.)
— New York Times