War of the Encyclopaedists
By Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite
Two twentysomething best buds from Seattle struggle with young adulthood—and the fact that one of them is soon shipping off to Baghdad.
The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse
By Molly Knight
An inside look at a team bought out of bankruptcy and restocked with stars, including Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig.
$26, Simon & Schuster
By Jonathan Franzen
Love him or hate him, you can’t help but read America’s favorite Oprah-offending, bird-watching, brilliant-novel-writing author. His fifth book explores familiar ground, an American family across generations—which means we’re in.
$28, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Amazon.com
Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Long Secrets of Strength and Endurance
By Christopher McDougall
The follow-up to Born to Run tells the story of World War II Greek resistance fighters who used their strength and endurance to capture a German general on Crete.
$27, Knopf, Amazon.com
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
By William Finnegan
The author, who was raised in California and Hawaii, chronicles his lifelong surfing obsession, from his adolescent days in Maui to his adult years as a war reporter for The New Yorker.
$28, Penguin, Amazon.com