Insane City by Dave Barry (Putnam) The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is a typically absurdist comic story about everything — and then some — that goes wrong for Seth and his friends en route to his destination wedding.
The King Years by Taylor Branch (Simon & Schuster) From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the "America in the King Years" trilogy comes this panoramic look at 18 pivotal moments that shaped the civil rights movement, including the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, the 1963 march on Washington, the Birmingham church bombing and the 1964 Freedom Summer.
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor) Sanderson delivers the 14th and final book in the late Robert Jordan's best-selling "Wheel of Time" fantasy series.
Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb with Jane Lorenzini (Simon & Schuster) The "Today" show host profiles six individuals who are testament to perseverance and the power of second chances. Among her subjects are a woman who escaped an abusive relationship, a civilian hero of 9/11 who lost loved ones that day, and a Peabody Award-winning network producer who emerged from drug addiction.
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (Knopf) Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright expands his controversial 2011 New Yorker piece, "The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology."
S.E.C.R.E.T., by L. Marie Adeline (Broadway) Reportedly all the rage at the Frankfurt Book Fair last October, this novel written under a pseudonym is being described as "the Canadian 50 Shades of Gray."
The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis (Simon & Schuster) He signed the people who wrote and performed the songs that make the whole world sing, including Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel and Aretha Franklin. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Lifetime Achievement Grammy-winner charts his legendary career.
Middle Men by Jim Gavin (Simon & Schuster) New Yorker contributor Jim Gavin's debut story collection, praised as "exceptional" in a starred Kirkus review, portrays a group of men whose dreams are at odds with the reality of their lives.
Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson (Little, Brown) The brilliant detective is on the case of a serial killer terrorizing Washington, D.C., while someone is stalking him.
Long Shot by Mike Piazza with Lonnie Wheeler (Simon & Schuster) From the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft to Rookie of the Year and finally the World Series, All-Star catcher Mike Piazza gives the play-by-play of his life and career. The book reportedly tells the story behind his volcanic confrontation with Roger Clemens in the 2000 World Series against the New York Yankees.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (Atria/Emily Bestler Books) Best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult cooks up this fraught tale of Sage Singer, a baker, who strikes up an unexpected friendship with Josef Weber, an elderly man in her grief support group who harbors "a long-buried and shameful secret."
Six Years by Harlan Coben (Dutton) Another twisty tale from the author of "Tell No One," in which a man attends the funeral of the man whom he believed had married his long-lost love, Natalie. Surprise (unless you're a regular Coben reader): The widow is not Natalie. Thus begins his desperate search for the woman who broke his heart.
Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy (W.W. Norton) The title says it all. It's written by the Boston Globe writers who have owned the Bulger beat. It's worth picking up if "Black Mass," the 2000 account of the Bulger saga by Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, left you hanging.
Rita Moreno, A Memoir (Celebra) The former Rosita Dolores from Puerto Rico adds memoirist to her estimable resume (she is one of the few entertainers with Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards). Her autobiography will hit career milestones, such as "West Side Story" and "The Electric Company," as well as her struggles with discrimination. Oh yes, and dating Elvis Presley.
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates (HarperCollins) This historical novel comes billed as "an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power and loss in early 20th century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned."