The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central, $24.99), The hero of Nicholas Sparks' new novel believes he's found a lucky charm in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met.
Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph by Alonzo Mourning with Dan Wetzel (Ballantine, $26). The title describes Mourning, who petitioned himself into foster care at age 11, made the dean's list at Georgetown University and returned to the NBA after organ-transplant surgery.
The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way by Diahann Carroll (Amistad, $24.95). Carroll discusses her four marriages as well as racial politics in Hollywood and on Broadway; and the personal cost, particularly to her family, of being a pioneer.
This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (Holt, $23). This collection contains 75 more essays from the archives of the successful NPR program, a contemporary version of Edward Murrow's classic radio show.
The Letters by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger (Bantam, $22). This epistolary novel explores the unraveling marriage of Sam and Hadley West, who separated after the death of their grown son, Paul.
Rebound Rules by Rick Pitino (Collins, $25.95). Pitino's extraordinary success as a basketball coach has been tempered by personal tragedies that define the way he lives.
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