1.'Telegraph Avenue,' by Michael Chabon
In the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's newest novel, two men, Archy and Nat, living in California during the electoral battle between George W. Bush and John Kerry find the record store they own threatened by an incoming big-business rival. Meanwhile, Archy and Nat's significant others struggle as their midwife practice encounters legal trouble. The unexpected appearance of Archy's father further disrupts the families' lives.
'America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't,' by Stephen Colbert
The talk show host, who has written previous titles including "I Am America (And So Can You!)," brings his blowhard conservative alter ego back to books with "America Again." In the book, Colbert identifies what he sees as the current problems with America (Obama going on world tours, the lack of a direct spa line at the Los Angeles Four Seasons hotel) and outlines a strategy for getting the country back on its feet.
'The Twelve,' by Justin Cronin
Cronin's follow-up to his book "The Passage" continues the story of a future society that has been forced to rebuild from the ground up after an experiment went terribly wrong and infected much of the population. In addition to following his protagonists from "Passage," Cronin also weaves a story of three people trying to survive a hundred years in the past as the sickness is first breaking out.
'Winter of the World,' by Ken Follett
"Winter" is the second book in Follet's Century Trilogy, which centers on five families of varying European nationalities who are caught up in the Spanish Civil War, the rise of the Third Reich, and other cataclysmic events.
'Flight Behavior,' by Barbara Kingsolver
Pulitzer Prize nominee Kingsolver returns with a novel that centers on Dellarobia Turnbow, who found herself pregnant as a teenager and now lives on a farm with her husband, longing for more. One day she sees what looks like a raging fire inside a valley. When she tells others her story, her life changes unexpectedly as she encounters doubt from her fellow townspeople and makes the acquaintance of strangers who come to see the valley.
'The Casual Vacancy,' by J.K. Rowling
Expectations are sky-high for Rowling's first non-Harry Potter novel, which follows an English town which is plunged into upheaval by an election for a town council seat. The book is being billed as funny and thought-provoking.
'Joseph Anton,' by Salman Rushdie
Rushdie found his life changed forever when the Ayatollah Khomeini placed a fatwa on the author after the publication of Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses." In "Anton," Rushdie tells the story of his life after the fatwa, how he was forced to move from location to location and his struggle to maintain any semblance of a normal life.
'NW,' by Zadie Smith
Smith, author of such novels as "On Beauty," centers on four young adults trying to make their way in London after moving away from their childhood home. Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan encounter the isolation that can come from city dwelling as well as the sometimes dangerous nature of the city itself.
'The Oath: The Obama White House v. the Supreme Court,' by Jeffrey Toobin
The president's relationship with the Supreme Court was thrust into the national spotlight with the recent decision on health care. Now "The Nine" author Toobin examines the differences between Barack Obama and John Roberts and how Obama's tenure has seen momentous cases come before the highest court in the land.
'Back to Blood,' by Tom Wolfe
In the newest novel by "The Right Stuff" author Wolfe, characters as different as Miami's mayor, a cub reporter, the police chief, and other residents struggle to make their way in the city.