10 Books to Add to Your Winter Reading List
The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton
For fans of: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn or Room by Emma Donoghue
Ten years ago, Reeve LeClaire was kidnapped and held captive. After a lucky escape, she’s spent the last six years trying to rebuild her life, a recovery thanks in large part to her therapist Dr. Ezra Lerner. But when he asks her to help mentor another girl rescued from a similar situation, Reeve realizes she may be the only one who can protect this young victim from a cunning predator who is still out there, watching every move ($14.30; amazon.com).
Women in Bed by Jessica Keener
For fans of: short stories
From betrayal to new love to learning to let go, this collection of nine stories thematically addresses different variations of love. Poignant, surprising, funny, and gorgeously written, Women in Bed is a rich collection of moving tales that will engage you from the first page ($10.60; amazon.com).
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
For fans of: Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Namesake, this extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, tells the tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death ($15.83; barnesandnoble.com).
The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle
For fans of: Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister's Keeper and The Storyteller
Dinah and Joe's seemingly perfect life takes a dramatic turn when their 17-year-old daughter, Morgan, chooses to stand by the 30-year-old man everyone else believes has exploited her—popular high school teacher TJ Hill. Dinah believes with all her heart and soul that TJ took advantage of her daughter, and she wants justice. Rain, TJ's wife, is shocked that her handsome, loving, respected husband has been accused of a terrible crime. Told from the perspectives of these three remarkable women, The Whole Golden World raises questions about love and manipulation, marriage and motherhood, and consent and responsibility ($11.59; amazon.com).
He Did You a Favor by Debra Rogers
For fans of: He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
He Did You a Favor is an empowering, humorous, hands-on guide with no-nonsense advice from women who realized their breakups were the best thing to ever happen to them ($12.87; amazon.com).
The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing
For fans of: classic literature
In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver ($18.86; amazon.com).
The Circle by Dave Eggers
For fans of: science fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense novels
The Internet takes the spotlight in Eggers' new novel that follows Mae Holland as she embarks on—and becomes obsessed with—a new career at the Circle, the world's most powerful Internet company. The sprawling California campus is a modern microcosm that Mae feels lucky to be a part of—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, and her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public ($15.50; amazon.com).
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
For fans of: Louise Erdrich, author of Love Medicine and The Plague of Doves
Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries clocks in at a beastly 832 pages, but you'll never want it to end. The breathtaking story, set in the late 1800s, tracks young Walter Moody's travels to New Zealand that get interrupted by a series of mysterious crimes ($14.14; amazon.com).
The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch
For fans of: entertaining coming-of-age novels such as Out to Lunch by Stacey Ballis or Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster
Willa Chandler-Golden's father changed the world with his self-help bestseller, Is It Really Your Choice? Why Your Entire Life May Be Out of Your Control. Though millions of devoted fans find solace in his notion that everything happens for a reason, Willa isn't entirely convinced of her father's theories. Still, she readily admits that the universe has delivered her a solid life: a reliable husband, a fast-paced career. Until it's suddenly all taken away—her husband proposes a two-month break, she's axed from her job, and she begins to question her father's theories of fate more and more ($12.14; amazon.com).
The Good Wife by Jane Porter
For fans of: Emily Giffin, author of Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong
Sarah Brennan remains deeply in love with her husband of 10 years Boone Walker, a professional baseball player who travels almost year-round while she stays home and cares for their two children. Living apart most of the time makes life difficult, especially since Sarah often wonders whether Boone is sharing his bed with other women on the road, even though he swears he's been true to her since his infidelity three years ago. While she wants to be happy and move forward in her life, Sarah constantly fears that Boone will break his promise. Emotionally exhausted, Sarah can’t cope with yet another storm and must either break free from the past and forgive Boone completely, or leave him behind and start anew ($11.52; amazon.com).