How Literature Saved My Life By David Shields (Knopf, $25.95)
A critic and reformed novelist gives an intimate — and very entertaining
— explanation of what he reads and why.
Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora
By Emily Raboteau (Atlantic Monthly, $25)
Unfolding over a decade in Israel, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, and the American South each part of Raboteau’s journey is chronicled in a section.
Splintered By A.G. Howard (Amulet, $17.95)
Howard’s Goth-infused novel for younger readers, inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” is in many ways a brilliant debut, in others a disturbing one.