Aaron works for his family's publishing company which specializes in beginners guides on a broad array of topics. His life has been colored by his crippled right arm and leg, and he never expected to marry until he met Dorothy, a somewhat older, plain speaking doctor. Their marriage is rewarding for both until Dorothy is killed in a freak accident. Aaron doesn't have a clue how to deal with his loss -- especially when he starts to see his late wife's ghost. Anne Tyler charms reader's once again with "The Beginner's Goodbye."

- Aaron works for his family's publishing company which specializes in beginners guides on a broad array of topics. His life has been colored by his crippled right arm and leg, and he never expected to marry until he met Dorothy, a somewhat older, plain speaking doctor. Their marriage is rewarding for both until Dorothy is killed in a freak accident. Aaron doesn't have a clue how to deal with his loss -- especially when he starts to see his late wife's ghost. Anne Tyler charms reader's once again with "The Beginner's Goodbye."

- A young woman stumbles upon the truth behind a long-running family feud in Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Letter From a Stranger." Justine's beloved grandmother Gabriele had always provided the love and warmth she needed as a child -- not her mother, the crisply efficient Deborah. Ten years ago Deborah told Justine and her twin brother, Richard, that Gabriele had died in a plane crash -- yet Justine now holds in her hand a letter proving that her grandmother is very much alive in Istanbul. Why did Deborah lie? And why has Gabriele stayed away from her grandchildren for the last 10 years?

- Although it was Alan Turing who conceived the idea of the computer, it was mathematician John von Neumann and his colleagues at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study who made it a reality. Technology historian George Dyson, whose father Freeman was part of that IAS team, takes us into the heart of their collaboration and the far-reaching ramifications of their work in "Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe."

- With over 800 illustrations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., presents a sweeping look at African- American history from the time of the conquistadors to the inauguration of Barack Obama. In "Life Upon these Shores," Gates includes some of America's finest and worst moments as he explores the impact and influence African-Americans have made on this country.

- The divorce between William Skylar and Jill Farrow had been a bitter one, with William making sure that his two daughters, Abby and Victoria, whom Jill loved as her own, refused to have anything to do with her. Three years later, Jill is happily anticipating her marriage to Sam Becker when Abby shows up drunk and hysterical. She tells her that William is dead and she is sure he was murdered, then she pleads with Jill to help her find the killer. While calmer heads, including the police, insist there was not foul play, Jill follows her heart and agrees to help Abby. Lisa Scottoline again explores the depths of a mother's love in "Come Home."

- The bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen are such an integral part of our lives now, it is hard to imagine a time when baths were considered dangerous, bowel habits were a public affair, and cooking was performed far away from the living quarters. Lucy Worsley, the chief curator at the independent charity known as Historic Royal Palaces, provides an entertaining look at the spaces we call home and their checkered histories in "If Walls Could Talk."