She's built a wildly successful career writing about overcoming obstacles and dealing with loss. But "Ferris" is about a "happy, complete family."
NONFICTION: Brad Gooch's biography illuminates an iconoclastic life devoted to art.
FICTION: Tommy Orange maps the historical trauma and addiction an Indigenous family grapples with.
NONFICTION: James Kaplan's book asks whether the success of "Kind of Blue" corresponded with the death of jazz.
FICTION: Amy Tintera's debut thriller stars a suspect who makes one bad decision after another.
Coming in at about 100 pages (or less), each guarantees a satisfying but brief read.
NONFICTION: The "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" essayist juxtaposes two kinds of loss in new book.
FICTION: Set in Boston during World War II, it finds a reporter and an FBI agent getting to the bottom of antiwar activities.
NONFICTION: A trio of women inspire by taking important steps forward.
FICTION: An exceptionally funny debut explores the dull realities of work, joys of love and friendship, and extremes of hope and denial.
NONFICTION: "Manhunt" author James L. Swanson returns with an absorbing look at a pivotal moment for early America.
FICTION: In Civil War-era New Orleans, an enslaved girl becomes a spy for the Union.
NONFICTION: Her essays are compassionate, insightful and hilarious.
EXCERPT: Opening a time capsule reveals evidence of 19th century horrors in the opening pages of Cathy Coats' "To Banish Forever," which have been edited for clarity.
FICTION: Blending magical realism and African mythology, this multi-generational saga connects life in the antebellum south to Blackness in America today.
NONFICTION: Inarguably, we are in an age of turmoil, but Michiko Kakutani's fast-paced book offers only limited analysis or answers.
FICTION: "End of Story" is the gothic tale of a novelist whose life is as mysterious as his books.
FICTION: Terry Hayes' espionage thriller crisscrosses the planet.