May 28, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Await Your Reply Dan Chaon
In a thriller with more twists than a Chubby Checker greatest-hits album, three strangers find their destinies intertwined. A-

Commencement J. Courtney Sullivan
Four freshman girls forge an unlikely friendship that lasts through their years at college and into their budding adult lives. A-

I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears Jag Bhalla
Bhalla has collected local idioms from around the world for this hilarious compendium that will distort your stomach skin, which is Japanese for ”make you die laughing.” A

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress Rhoda Janzen
When her seemingly stable married life imploded one week after her 40th birthday, Janzen decided to move back in with her Mennonite family, which she recounts in this offbeat story of clashing cultures. A

Zeitoun Dave Eggers
EW’s pick for last year’s best nonfiction book, this is a humanistic telling of one New Orleans family’s experience with the disasters, both natural and man-made, following Hurricane Katrina. A-

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