Big, gutsy memoirs; promising debut novels; and history books so absorbing they read like fiction on the slate.
  1. 'City on Fire' by Garth Risk Hallberg
  2. 'It's a Long Story' by Willie Nelson
  3. 'Making Nice' by Matt Sumell
  4. 'It's What I Do' by Lynsey Addario
  5. 'The Witches' by Stacy Schiff
  6. 'A God in Ruins' by Kate Atkinson
  7. 'Hammer Head' by Nina McLaughlin
  8. 'Single, Carefree, Mellow' by Katherine Heiny
  9. 'Delicious Foods' by James Hannaham
  10. 'M Train' by Patti Smith
  11. 'God Help the Child' by Toni Morrison
  12. 'The Battle of Versailles' by Robin Givhan
  13. 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen
  14. 'A Fine Romance' by Candice Bergen
  15. 'My Sunshine Away' by M.O. Walsh
  16. 'American Ghost' by Hannah Nordhaus
  17. 'The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac' by Sharma Shields
  18. 'Dead Wake' by Erik Larson
  19. 'The Sculptor' by Scott McCloud
  20. 'H Is for Hawk' by Helen Macdonald