''Let's get one thing out of the way: Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president in 2016. Despite her waffling ''I haven't decided yet'' this is a campaign memoir if I've ever seen one.''
Her 1969 memoir, ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,'' is a classic of contemporary literature (and a staple of high school English classes), but these less heralded works are also worth searching out
''Flint, swimming in the Thames one morning, discovers a body bobbing in the fetid water. Not long after it becomes clear that the killer left the young woman's corpse where Flint would find it, other bodies begin appearing and then someone starts leaving creepy gifts on the deck of Flint's houseboat.''
''She was a pampered Jazz Age socialite once the toast of Manhattan society who grew up in a 121-room house, the biggest in New York City; her father, a copper magnate, was one of the richest men in the country. And yet when Huguette Clark died in 2011 at age 104, almost no one remembered who she was.''
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''The book's good guy, a trader at the Royal Bank of Canada, investigates the way the high-speed exchanges that process stock purchases were and are siphoning off billions of dollars a year from investors.''
''The Divorce Papers, a comic novel about the dissolution of a marriage, is told not just through letters but through emails, memos, legal filings, and depositions, most of them by Sophie Diehl, the young lawyer representing the wife.''
''When a husband or wife turns up dead, most cops will tell you the spouse probably did it. So rookie detective Sam Adams is flummoxed by the murder of a local doctor after three women at his funeral all claim to be his wife.''
''When an earthquake levels Tangier, Robin and Harry survive, but their son Dillon, left alone in their apartment for just a few minutes, does not. Years later, Harry spinning close to a nervous breakdown becomes convinced he's glimpsed the boy on the street.''
''If your life were on the line, would you do anything to save it even if it meant compromising your most basic beliefs? That's the question Shakespeare faced as he began paging through old letters to piece together the life of his glamorous but enigmatic aunt Priscilla.''
''First things first: This novel is written in first-person plural, giving one collective voice to the women whose husbands worked on the Manhattan Project.''
''Offill somehow manages to pack the sprawling story of an ordinary marriage, both the good bits and the bad courtship, arguments, colicky baby, lice, affairs, bedbugs into a small, poetic book.''
John Cheever's short story ''The Swimmer'' piqued British writer Olivia Laing with the way it ''catches in its strange compressions the full arc of an alcoholic's life.''