AN ATLAS OF IMPOSSIBLE LONGING , by Anuradha Roy (Free Press; paperback, $14). A single act of pity rattles down generations to break a caste’s rules, test a family’s mettle and throw together two unlikely friends. — Marie Arana
DOC , by Mary Doria Russell (Random House, $26). The Wild West rides back to life in this aggressively researched and wonderfully entertaining story about Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in the days before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
— Ron Charles
— Steve Donoghue
— Patrick Anderson
GONE , by Mo Hayder (Atlantic Monthly, $24). The little girls who vanish throughout this tale turn out to be beribboned and pink-sneakered red herrings in a much more sinister game of retribution. — Maureen Corrigan
— Helen Simonson
THE PREACHER , by Camilla Lackberg (Pegasus, $25.95). Those seeking a successor to the late Stieg Larsson as the doyen of Scandinavian crime fiction should look to the Swedish author of this gripping thriller. — Dennis Drabelle
— Michael Dirda
— Katherine A. Powers
— Kathy Blumenstock
WEST OF HERE , by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin, $24.95). A voracious story packed with daring folks who dream of carving lives onto the last frontier: the uncharted interior of the Olympic Peninsula in 1889. — R.C.
— Nicole Arthur
— Steven Levingston
CRAZY U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College , by Andrew Ferguson (Simon & Schuster, $25). Ferguson gives parents of high school seniors insight into the wacky science of college admissions. — S.L.
ENDGAME: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall — From America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness , by Frank Brady (Crown, $25.99). A biography worthy of its charismatic subject. — M.D.
IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin , by Erik Larson (Crown, $26). Reads like an elegant thriller.
— Philip Kerr
LOST IN SHANGRI-LA: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II , by Mitchell Zuckoff (Harper, $26.99). After their Army plane crashes in New Guinea, the three survivors find themselves trapped in a merciless jungle surrounded by tribes engaged in cannibalistic warfare. — David Grann
MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything , by Joshua Foer (Penguin Press, $26.95). A formerly absent-minded young man recounts how he became the 2006 U.S. memory champion. — M.A.
NO BIKING IN THE HOUSE WITHOUT A HELMET , by Melissa Fay Greene (Farrar Straus Giroux, $26). A thoughtful story of a couple who expanded their family to embrace five orphans from Bulgaria and Ethiopia. — Suki Casanave
RAWHIDE DOWN: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan , by Del Quentin Wilber (Henry Holt, $27). Although the book ostensibly covers only one day, it actually deals with a larger historical footprint. — David Baldacci
READING MY FATHER , by Alexandra Styron (Scribner, $25). An attempt by the daughter of William Styron to make sense of the discrepancy between her father’s deeply moral novels and his egregious behavior. — Heller McAlpin
STOLEN WORLD: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers, and Skulduggery , by Jennie Erin Smith (Crown, $25). These reptile traders are stunningly innovative, dizzyingly incompetent and quite sociopathic. — Carolyn See
THEN EVERYTHING CHANGED: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan, by Jeff Greenfield (Putnam, $26.95). A book political junkies will adore.
— Bryan Burrough