5. "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave

— Christine D., Chicago

Looking at this list, I think Christine will enjoy Kurt Andersen's "True Believers," a sly take on the politics of the '60s meeting the politics of today.

1. "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer

2. "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt

3. "The Woman Upstairs" by Claire Messud

4. "A House for Mr. Biswas" by V.S. Naipaul

5. "Desert Solitaire" by Edward Abbey

— Lorna S., East Troy, Wis.

For Lorna, a book that has a more complicated literary mystery at its center than the current Rowling kerfuffle: A.S. Byatt's "Possession."

1. "Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza" by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole

2. "When the Emperor was Divine" by Julie Otsuka

3. "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan

4. "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel

5. "Bring Up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel

— Lisa K., Chicago

We've got another couple months to wait for her new novel, which looks very promising, but in the meantime, Lisa can find pleasure in Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies."

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