EW Staff
November 15, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

Aimless Love, Billy Collins
Poetry
Collins, a former poet laureate, jauntily reads his own verse the way it’s meant to be read.

Cartwheel, Jennifer duBois
Novel
Actress Emily Rankin brings tension and vulnerability to this whip-smart novel inspired by the Amanda Knox case.

One Summer: America, 1927, Bill Bryson
Nonfiction
These true stories from a single eventful summer — including Babe Ruth’s home-run record and Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic — are perfect for listening by the fireplace…if people do that anymore.

Provence, 1970, Luke Barr
Nonfiction
While prepping your own holiday feasts, travel back to the winter of 1970, when six culinary legends — including Julia Child and James Beard — wound up together in the south of France.

Report from the Interior, Paul Auster
Memoir
An experimental novelist takes a grippingly off-kilter look at his early life.

Still Foolin’ ‘Em, Billy Crystal
Memoir
As is the case with many comedians’ memoirs, hearing Crystal’s wisecracks about aging and Hollywood is better than reading them.

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