May 07, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Crazy for the Storm Norman Ollestad
Memoir In this survival tale, Ollestad recounts the mountainside plane crash that killed his father and forced him — at age 11 — to make the harrowing trek to safety alone.

The First Tycoon T.J. Stiles
Biography The extra-ordinary life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the original robber baron, is told in marvelous detail in this book, which snagged both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Nobody Move Denis Johnson
Novel Johnson’s follow-up to Tree of Smoke — as tightly plotted as his previous book was sprawling — is a dark and darkly ironic homage to cigarette-and-gin noirs.

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