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Whether you read on a tablet, Kindle, or still prefer the smell of a freshly cracked paperback, finding your next great book is never easy. You could never read all the new releases each week, so it helps to know what’s worth your time. Here are a handful of new titles we think deserve a space on your eReader or on your nightstand.

The Whites

Henry Brandt (Richard Price)

Richard Price, writing under his pen Henry Brandt, has churned out another gritty New York City tale. Anyone familiar with Lush Life or other Price works knows he has a penchant for captivatingly real characters, and that works perfectly in this NYC detective saga. It’s sprawling and filled with tangents, but it’s ultimately a detailed and brooding crime drama that unfurls wonderfully for the patient reader. Link

Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Matt Zoller Seitz

Wes Anderson movies are designed to be transformed into coffee table books thanks to the tremendous scenery and unique perspective. Included with some incredible shots in this book are in-depth interviews, stories about the creation of the film, and a look into the many sources of inspiration behind different aspects of it. If you’re a huge fan of the movie, it’s a must purchase. Link

Funny Girl

Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby continues to deliver enjoyable reads focused on flawed people (aka real people). Now the author of High Fidelity is back after a five year hiatus with Funny Girl, a story about Sophie Straw, a girl who becomes a TV star in the ’60s. Is it his finest work? No, but if you’re a fan of his style, we’re sure you’ll enjoy another trip through emotional problemville. Link

1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die

Mimi Sheraton

Consider this your food bucket list. You have from now until the day you die to try as many of these foods as possible. From the insanity of a boundary-pushing meal at Alinea to the simple perfection of a well-made empanada, the book covers the greatest culinary experiences one can have. Pick up your copy and start checking things off your food bucket list. Link

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

Lynsey Addario

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but sometimes you need a little insight to understand the story. In It’s What I Do, war photographer Lynsey Addario delves into the drive she’s needed to get the shot. It’s about bravery, determination, and the true spirit of the photographer. For anyone who’s picked up a camera and fallen in love, it’s a memoir that will resonate and stick around. Link

What the Apothecary Ordered: Questionable Cures Through the Ages

Caroline Rance

The history of medicine is fascinating. To think there was a time when we were doping kids up with hard drugs when they had a cold is pretty wild. In What the Apothecary Ordered, Caroline Rance takes you through some of history’s most interesting “cures.” Link

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Jill Leovy

Considering the climate, this book was necessary. From Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy, comes Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America. It’s about a murder in South LA, and the wild west feel of a place ungoverned and uncared for. If you enjoy in-depth storytelling and investigative journalism, Leovy’s work is one of the finest examples in a long time. Link

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power

Paul Fischer

File this one in the “I can’t believe this is a true story ” category. Paul Fischer’s book tells the unbelievable story of Madam Choi, South Korea’s one-time most famous actress; her husband the skilled director; and the insanity of Kim Jong-Il. The couple was kidnapped individually and used by The Dear Leader for films. Only in North Korea. Link

The Marauders

Tom Cooper

Full of interesting, drug-fueled characters, The Marauders from Tom Cooper is a wheeling and dealing ride through the bayou. And despite the gloomy scenery of a post-oil spill Gulf Coast, the book is actually a fun little trip that never strays from feeling exceedingly real. Link

The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories

George Pelecanos

Bite-size crime stories are perfect filler for a subway ride or two, and George Pelecanos knows how to craft some tiny gems. In this collection of short stories, he digs into the seedy underbelly of the streets for some brutal fun. Link

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