Astray By Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown, $25.99)
If Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel, “Room,” was a tale of imprisonment, then her new and splendid collection, “Astray,” is all about breaking through barriers.
Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962 By Yang Jisheng, translated, from the Chinese, by Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $35)
Mao’s Great Leap Forward, designed to make China the world’s leading communist state, generated the worst famine in history.
The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family
of Jonathan Edwards By Ava Chamberlain (NYU, $27.95)
A careful reading of both individual and intellectual history of a fascinating figure from the early 20th century.