By Robert Harris, Arrow Books, 502 pages, $19.95
This is the 20th-anniversary edition of Robert Harris’s ingenious alternative history, set in 1964, 20 years after Nazi Germany won the war in Europe. Hitler is about to celebrate his 75th birthday. Berlin police detective Xavier March investigates the apparent suicide of a former government official, and when the Gestapo takes over, March should leave it alone. But with the help of an intrepid (and beautiful) American reporter, he uncovers a monstrous state secret.
Our Daily Bread
By Lauren B. Davis, HarperCollins, 292 pages, $17.99
The God-fearing people of Gideon shun the Erskine clan, who live on the mountain in poverty and isolation. Albert Erskine dreams of a better life. In town, Ivy Evans is bullied by her classmates. Albert ventures down the mountain and befriends Ivy’s teenage brother, Bobby, setting in motion a chain of events that changes everything.
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives
By Zsuzsi Gartner, Penguin, 214 pages, $18
All the Anxious Girls on Earth
By Zsuzsi Gartner, Penguin, 187 pages, $18
In her Giller-nominated Better Living, Zsuzsi Gartner’s stories reveal slyly humorous writing and a surreal, satirical edge. The stories in the earlier Anxious Girls, focusing on many of the same areas, are generally less surreal, but funnier. Both are well worth reading.
New Solutions for a Connected Planet
By Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, Portfolio, 428 pages, $20
In this sequel to their bestselling Wikinomics, Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams show that due to collaborative innovation typified by wiki-style collectives, we have reached historic turning points in how we live, govern and care for each other.