Collected as a single volume, the adventures of an aristocratic British family in early 19th century America provide a portrait of the American West as its frontier was opening.

Blueprints for Building Better Girls

Elissa Schappell

Simon & Schuster, $24

The eight stories in this collection connect in unexpected ways and explore how contemporary women live.

The Cat's Table

A Novel

Michael Ondaatje

Alfred A. Knopf, $26

A young boy's sea voyage from Sri Lanka to England in the early 1950s centers on the company he dines with, far from the captain's table.

Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes

William Kennedy

Viking, $26.95

The latest in his Albany cycle, Kennedy's novel follows a young man to pre-revolutionary Cuba in the late 1950s.

The Deleted World: Poems

Tomas Tranströmer

Versions by Robin Robertson

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $13, paper

A collection of poems, many of which have never been published in the U.S., from the writer who was awarded this year's Nobel Prize for literature.

The Dovekeepers