EW Staff
September 06, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
In this brooding, atmospheric debut — set in Iceland in 1829 — a housemaid convicted of murder is held not at a prison but at a remote farm.

A Guide for the Perplexed, Dara Horn
Horn moves seamlessly back and forth in time in this tale of a computer genius who’s created an application that keeps track of every single thing its users do.

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, Anya von Bremzen
Von Bremzen ladles out a rich, zesty history of family life in the USSR conveyed through food and meals.

Save Yourself, Kelly Braffet
Braffet’s novel is told from the perspective of three kids whose lives are about to collide in spectacularly nightmarish fashion.

Still Foolin’ ‘Em, Billy Crystal
No surprise here: Crystal’s autobiography — peppered with rueful asides about aging — is laugh-out-loud funny.

Year of the Jungle, Suzanne Collins
War is a familiar topic for Collins — only this time, she’s drawing on her father’s Vietnam experience for the picture-book set.

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