Fiction Goodbye, Vitamin Rachel Khong Standard Deviation Katherine Heiny Spoils Brian Van Reet PB $29.99 Ruth is thirty and her life is falling apart: she and her fiancé are moving house, but he's moving out to live with another woman; her career is going nowhere; and then she learns that her father, a history professor beloved by his students, has Alzheimer’s. At Christmas, her mother begs her to stay on and help. For a year. Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads. PB $24.99 Graham Cavanaugh's second wife, Audra, is everything his first wife was not. She is charming and spontaneous and fun but life with her can be exhausting. In the midst of the day-to- day difficulties and delights of marriage and raising a child with Asperger's, his first wife, Elspeth, reenters Graham's life. Graham starts to wonder: How can anyone love two such different women? Did he make the right choice? Is there a right choice? PB $32.99 It is the spring of 2003 and coalition forces are advancing on Iraq. Nineteen-year-old Specialist Cassandra Wigheard, on her first deployment since joining the US army, is primed for war. For Abu al- Hool, a jihadist since the days of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, war is wearing thin. When Cassandra is taken prisoner by al-Hool's mujahideen brotherhood, both fighters will find their loyalties tested to the very limits. The Last Garden Eva Hornung The Idiot Elif Batuman The 7th Function of Language Laurent Binet PB $29.99 Wahrheit has been waiting longer than expected for the return of the Messiah, and Pastor Helfgott can feel the fraying of the community’s faith. Then a man shoots his wife and himself. Unmoored by shock, their son Benedict moves into the barn, relying on work and the animals’ strength to hold himself together. The pastor watches over Benedict through the year of his grief as they come to terms with the past and the frailties of being human. PB $32.99 It's 1995, and Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She takes classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. PB $32.99 February, 1980. Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van and dies soon afterwards. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable global importance? Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a global chase that takes them from the corridors of power to backstreet saunas. Who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake?