1. The Pink Suit
Nicole Mary Kelby
A novel that’s just about the pink suit worn by Jackie Kennedy that day in Dallas? Yes — and it’s terrific.
2. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
Prose, struck by a vintage Brassaï photo of two women in a Paris nightclub, built an entire novel around it.
3. Hotel Florida
In her last book, Vaill brought to life the couple who inspired Tender Is the Night. Now she does the same for the journalists who covered the Spanish Civil War, including Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn.
At long last the author of the cult-fave novel The Giant’s House has returned — this time with an exquisitely crafted short-story collection.
5. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
This graphic memoir from The New Yorker‘s Roz Chast — about dealing with her aging parents — is every bit as prickly, funny, and neurotic as her signature cartoons.
6. There Goes Gravity
Robinson’s a lifelong music journalist; think of her memoir as the literary equivalent of a backstage pass.
Updike fans will enjoy Begley’s marvelous biography, which is as much about the man as the writer.
8. Sweet & Vicious
How can you not love a cookbook with a cover that mimics a dime-store crime novel? Plus, the recipe for salty pumpkin spice cake looks amazing.
9. Letters of Note
Your mom will get all nostalgic for snail mail after she dives into this rich, quirky collection of letters.