1. 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.
2. 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.
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. ONE MORE THING, by B.J. Novak. (Knopf) Humorous stories from the writer and actor (“The Office”).
5. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) A sequel, about race and inheritance, to “A Time to Kill.”
6. 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.
7. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown) A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. THE HUSBAND’S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam) A woman’s life is upended when she discovers a letter she was not meant to read.
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. GLITTER AND GLUE, by Kelly Corrigan. (Ballantine) A memoir explores the relationships between mothers and daughters.
3. DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown) How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”
4. THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer. (Crown Forum) Three decades’ worth of essays from the conservative columnist.
5. 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.
6. ALL JOY AND NO FUN, by Jennifer Senior. (Ecco/HarperCollins) A journalist examines how parenting has changed over the past half-century.
7. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.
8. I AM MALALA, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb. (Little, Brown) The Pakistani girl who advocated for women’s education and was shot by the Taliban.
9. THE TRIPLE PACKAGE, by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld. (Penguin Press) Why some of America’s cultural groups are more likely to succeed.
10. GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SECRET SIX, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. (Sentinel) The story of the Culper spy ring, which aided the American cause during the Revolution.
ADVICE, MISCELLANEOUS AND HOW-TO
1. GRAIN BRAIN, by David Perlmutter with Kristin Loberg. (Little, Brown) The deleterious effect of carbohydrates on the brain, and how to reverse it.
2. DECIDE, by Steve McClatchy. (Wiley) Change the way you make decisions for better results and less stress.
3. THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman. (Northfield) How to communicate love in a way a spouse will understand.
4. SUPER SHRED, by Ian K. Smith. (St. Martin’s) A short-term rapid weight-loss plan.
5. WHEAT BELLY, by William Davis. (Rodale) An examination of wheat in modern diets and an argument for its elimination.