Leah Hager Cohen's last novel, The Grief of Others (2011) was a clear and moving account of the members of a dysfunctional family in suburban upstate New York trying to pull their lives together. The son, Paul, is an "overweight, acned, awkward" teenager, bullied and lonely at school. The daughter, Biscuit, is secretive and plays truant.
We cannot get enough, these days, of Scandinavian crime thrillers but the only mystery here is how the publisher has tried to get away with suggesting, in a sub-title, that the rescue of Danish Jewry in October 1943 is an "untold story".
It Goes With The Territory: Memoirs of a Poet
Elaine Feinstein Alma Books, £20
Elaine Feinstein's autobiography is a treat, offering an exciting insight into her prodigious output. Despite the sub-title, Feinstein is more than a poet. She is a highly respected novelist, playwright and biographer, as well as an award-winning translator and writer of television screenplays.
Year Zero: A History of 1945
By Ian Buruma Atlantic Books, £25
Several books on the end of the Second World War have been published recently, but Ian Buruma's is distinctive by virtue of its scope and personal tone. Buruma adopts a global perspective, framed by the story of his own family.
Samantha Ellis can pinpoint the exact moment when the idea for her literary memoir How To Be a Heroine came into her head.
She was on a visit to Brontë country with her friend, Emma. Ellis's favourite Brontë character had always been Cathy Earnshaw in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights: "I was genuinely surprised and shocked that Emma was championing [Charlotte Brontë's] Jane Eyre.
There can rarely have been more of an innocent abroad than Lance-Corporal Ron Jones at the start of the Second World War. Born near Newport, he was working in a Cardiff steel forgings factory when he was called up by the South Wales Borderers as a result, he claims, of a clerical error, a fact that still nettles him at the age of 96.
Ute Eskildsen (Ed) Yale University Press, £30
No Place Like Home
Judah Passow, Bloomsbury, £25
Diversity of art practices responsive to the events and pressures of the world around him is the stuff of the current Jeu de Paume exhibition of photography, drawings and montage by Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969).
Today’s book trade has two distinct faces. Behind the smooth, younger-looking one sit Penguin Random House and Amazon-type conglomerates with their armies of marketing men and women. The other, more lined face is made up of independent publishers, small bookshops and individual enthusiasts.