American Grown by Michelle Obama
Some First Ladies redecorate; others buy new White House china. Obama, concerned about childhood obesity, decided to dig up part of the South Lawn to create a kitchen vegetable garden, a project that’s chronicled here in lavish detail.
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
Shortly after World War II, the arrival of a moneyed and charismatic stranger upsets the equilibrium of a sleepy Blue Ridge Mountain town.
Long Time, No See by Dermot Healy
Healy, the acclaimed Irish writer, has delivered his first novel in more than 10 years, a family saga bristling with curiously appealing oddballs and misfits.
Never Tell by Alafair Burke
Burke’s last book was a stand-alone, but in Never Tell she’s returned to the character her readers know best, the fierce and gutsy NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher — now investigating the apparent suicide of a privileged Manhattan teen.
The Queen’s Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray
Don’t remember anything about the French Revolution from high school? This is one of those books where you’ll learn — or relearn — history effortlessly, as du Plessix Gray spins the affair of Marie Antoinette and a Swedish count into riveting drama.