---- — Fiction
@BoxText_boldintro,:1.”The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown: $30) A young man clings to a painting years after surviving an explosion at a museum that killed his mother.
2.”The Valley of Amazement,” by Amy Tan (Ecco: $29.99) The intertwined fates of two courtesans in early 20th century China.
3.”Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck,” by Jeff Kinney (Abrams: $13.95) After best friend Rowley ditches him, Greg turns his friend finding mission over to fate.
4.”Sycamore Row,” by John Grisham (Doubleday: $28.95) Racial tensions arise once again in this return to the Mississippi setting of “A Time to Kill.”
5.”The Luminaries,” by Eleanor Catton (Little, Brown: $27) The fate of a prostitute is interrupted when an Englishman arrives in Gold Rush-era New Zealand in 1886.
@BoxText_boldintro,:1.”Double Down,” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (Penguin Press: $29.95) Closed-door meetings and back-stabbing maneuvers inside the 2012 presidential campaign.
@BoxText_boldintro,:2.”David and Goliath,” by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $29) Anecdotes illustrate how underdogs and misfits gained advantage through adversity.
@BoxText_boldintro,:3.”Stitches,” by Anne Lamott (Riverhead: $17.95) A guide to finding emotional and spiritual meaning and peace after personal devastation.
@BoxText_boldintro,:4.”Things That Matter,” by Charles Krauthammer (Crown: $28) A collection of columns covering three decades of politics from the Financial Times writer.
@BoxText_boldintro,:5.”American Heroes on the Homefront,” by Oliver North (Threshold: $30) How young vets are dealing with adversity as they return home from the battlefields.