EW Staff
July 10, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Say You’re One of Them
Uwem Akpan (Story Collection)

The Nigerian-born Akpan compiles five beautifully composed stories that focus on the lives of African children. Read just one, and you’ll understand why EW named Them the best fiction book of 2008.

More Than It Hurts You
Darin Strauss (Fiction)

Strauss’ unsettling novel tracks a happy young couple whose baby boy becomes ill, forcing them to decide how much they can trust a hospital — not to mention each other.

The Monster of Florence
Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi (Nonfiction)

Preston pairs with journalist Spezi in hopes of tracking down a serial killer terrorizing the Italian city in this suspenseful read.

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