Elsewhere by Richard Russo (Knopf)
Presents a personal account of the author's youth, his parents, and the 1950's upstate
York town they struggled to escape, recounting the
encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams
his mother instilled that inspired his career.
Both Flesh and Not: Essays by David Foster Wallace (Little Brown)
Beloved for his epic agony, brilliantly discerning eye, and hilarious and constantly self-questioning tone, David Foster Wallace was heralded by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Both Flesh and Not gathers 15 essays never published in book form, including "Federer Both Flesh and Not," considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; "The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2 ," which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; and "Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young," an examination of television's effect on a new generation of writers.
Astray: Stories by Emma Donoghue (Little Brown)
A collection of short stories features a cross-section of society including runaways, drifters, gold miners, counterfeiters, attorneys, and slaves from Puritan Massachusetts and revolutionary
Jersey to antebellum Louisiana.
The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini (Dutton)
When the creative residents of Elm Creek gather the week after Thanksgiving to work on quilts for Project Linus, they respond to Sylvia's provocative questions to alleviate respective personal challenges and learn helpful lessons about the strength of human connections.
A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans (Simon & Schuster)
A holiday tale inspired by the biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors follows the modern story of Joe, who after being forced out of the family business by jealous siblings becomes the chief adviser to the CEO of another company and his own family's savior in the face of a troubled economy.
The Lands of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin (Bantam Dell)
George R. R. Martin’s beloved Song of Ice and Fire series, which started with A Game of Thrones, is bursting with a variety and richness of landscape from bitter tundra to arid wasteland and everything in between that provide a sense of scale unrivaled in contemporary fantasy. Now this dazzling set of maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transforms Martin’s epic saga into a world as fully realized as the one around us.