1. THE INVENTION OF WINGS, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Viking) The relationship between a wealthy Charleston girl, Sarah Grimké, who will grow up to become a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday.
2. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.
3. STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS, by Anna Quindlen. (Random House) An aging photographer rents a rural cottage and discovers sparks of creativity and desire.
4. FIRST LOVE, by James Patterson and Emily Raymond. (Little, Brown) Sixteen-year-old Axi Moore invites her best friend, whom she secretly loves, on a road trip.
5. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) A sequel, about race and inheritance, to “A Time to Kill.”
6. THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN, by Mitch Albom. (Harper) A small Michigan town is transformed when its residents receive phone calls said to be from heaven.
7. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown) A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
8. AN OFFICER AND A SPY, by Robert Harris. (Knopf) A fictionalized account of the Dreyfus Affair focuses on Lt. Col. Georges Picquart, who discovered evidence exonerating Dreyfus and bravely defended him.
9. COMMAND AUTHORITY, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. (Putnam) President Jack Ryan and his son, a covert intelligence expert, try to counter a Russian threat.
10. UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY, by Nancy Horan. (Ballantine) A novel about Robert Louis Stevenson’s troubled marriage.
1. DUTY, by Robert M. Gates. (Knopf) The former defense secretary recounts his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2. DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown) How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”
3. THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer. (Crown Forum) Three decades’ worth of essays from the conservative columnist.
4. KILLING JESUS, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt) The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events leading up to Jesus’ execution.
5. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.
6. I AM MALALA, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb. (Little, Brown) The experience of the Pakistani girl who advocated for women’s education and was shot by the Taliban.