"Nightwoods" by Charles Frazier (Random House, $26). The author of "Cold Mountain" and "Thirteen Moons" returns with a new novel of suspense and love set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s. In his characteristically lean, transcendent prose, Frazier introduces readers to Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister's troubled twins, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful, and dangerous ways.
"Feast Day of Fools" by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster, $26.99). In this sequel to his 2009 novel "Rain Gods," Sheriff Hackberry Holland is still patrolling his hard-scrabble Texas town on the Mexican border. Holland is a quintessential Burke hero — deeply moral, tortured by past sins, appalled at the depravity of our fallen world, and firmly committed to justice. In Burke's most allegorical novel to date, he illuminates vital issues of our time — immigration, energy, religious freedom — with the rich atmosphere and devastatingly flawed, authentic characters that readers have come to celebrate during the five decades of his career.
1. "A Stranger Abroad" by Dr. Schuyler Jones
2. "Destiny of the Republic" by Candice Millard
3. "Warrior Heir" by Cinda Williams Chima
4. "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka
5. "Jacqueline Kennedy" by Caroline Kennedy
6. "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien
7. "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool
8. "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
9. "The Gray Wolf Throne" by Cinda Williams Chima
10. "Spaceheadz: Book 1" by Jon Scieszka