EW Staff
October 28, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer
Nine-year-old prodigy Oskar Schell embarks on a dogged quest to uncover a mystery left behind by his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks. B+

The Hugo Movie Companion
Brian Selznick
Rarely does a page-to-screen tour get this kind of detailed, lavishly illustrated treatment: It’s a must for all the fans of Selznick’s enchanting novel anxiously awaiting Martin Scorsese’s film.

My Week with Marilyn
Colin Clark
With genuine affection for his subject, Clark recalls a memorable stint as Marilyn Monroe’s assistant and confidant.

War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
Young Adult
This searing, touching WWI epic — narrated from the point of view of a horse — inspired both a riveting stage adaptation and the upcoming Steven Spielberg film.

We Bought a Zoo
Benjamin Mee
After a series of tragedies, a family chases its wild dream of running a zoo.

We Need To Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shriver
A harrowing and unforgettable story of a disturbed teen, told through the letters written by his increasingly desperate mother.

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