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100 books to read while stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Our colleagues Barbara VanDenburgh and Mary Cadden from the USA TODAY Life team are here to share book recommendations to get you through social distancing.

Every year, you make the same New Year’s resolution. No, not the one about losing weight – the one about reading more books.

And every year, you mean it. Maybe you join a book club, even if just virtually with  Reese Witherspoon and Jenna Bush Hager. But that well-intentioned to-be-read pile of books on your nightstand just gathers dust.

Well, now that ther coronavirus pandemic has us all social distancing in our homes like hermits, we know for a fact that you’ve finally got all the time in the world to read. That latest best-seller you’ve been itching to devour? That rom-com you hope you’re dying to fall in love with? Heck, even that copy of “War and Peace” you’ve had since you were feeling ambitious in college?

Now’s your chance.

In case you need a little inspiration, we’ve compiled this list of 100 book recommendations covering all the bases.

Happy reading.

Celebrity memoirs

"Face It," by Debbie Harry: Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll: The Blondie singer tells about it all in her revealing memoir. ($28.59 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million) 

"In Pieces," by Sally Field: This brutally honest, bracing account of Field's life takes on difficult topics, including the sexual abuse she says she suffered as a childat the hands of her stepfather. ($25.52 hardcover or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Me," by Elton John.

“Me,” by Elton John: The music icon tells his story for the first time in an intimate autobiography, charting the stumbles and triumphs on his path to enduring superstardom. ($26.40 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"Brother & Sister," by Diane Keaton: The Oscar-winning actress examines her upbringing with her only brother, Randy Hall, and tries to make sense of how their paths diverged and why he led “a life lived on the other side of normal.” ($22.83 hardcover or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“Inside Out,” by Demi Moore: The famed actress charts her life from the insecurities of her childhood, through addiction and skyrocketing fame, to motherhood and marriages. Her story is equal parts adversity and resilience, told with candor. ($24.63 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Becoming" by Michelle Obama.

“Becoming,” by Michelle Obama: The former first lady shares stories from her childhood through to her time at the White House in this massive best-seller. ($28.59 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Beautiful Ones," by Prince: Readers see the artist in his day to day more than the larger-than-life figure shrouded in mystery in this memoir started before the author’s death and finished by his collaborator, Dan Piepenbring. ($26.40 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Beautiful on the Outside," by Adam Rippon: The bronze medal-winning Olympian went to his Twitter feed for the title of his memoir: "With everything going on in the media about me this Valentine’s Day I don’t want people to get distracted and forget how beautiful I am (on the outside)." ($28 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

“Over the Top,” by Jonathan Van Ness: The “Queer Eye” star’s memoir is full of anecdotes, detailing everything from romantic relationship struggles to the death of his stepfather to skating on ice with Olympian Michelle Kwan. ($24.63 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life,” by Ali Wong.

"Dear Girls" by Ali Wong: The comedian and actress's first book is everything her fans would expect: raunchy, real and uproariously funny. ($23.75 hardcover or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

Book club favorites

“The Wives,” by Tarryn Fisher: Thursday tries hard to be the perfect wife for Seth – even though he has two other wives who live in another city. Fans of "Gone Girl" will love it. ($12.40 paperback at Books-A-Million)

“Evvie Drake Starts Over,” by Linda Holmes: An extraordinarily ordinary adult love story about a widow falling for a baseball player past his prime. ($22.87 hardcover or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine," by Gayle Honeyman: Eleanor Oliphant's isolated lifestyle changes when she befriends Raymond, an IT guy from the office, and Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk. ($13.71 paperback or $9.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Writers & Lovers," by Lily King: In this late-blooming coming-of-age story, 31-year-old Casey Peabody struggles to reconcile who she wanted to be with who she’s become after the death of her mother, a love affair gone wrong and with her novel still unfinished. ($21.06 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"The Giver of Stars," by Jojo Moyes: An unlikely group of women defy society's norms to deliver library books during the Great Depression. It's a stellar celebration of the power of reading. ($20.44 hardcover or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

“Little Fires Everywhere,” by Celeste Ng: Mia Warren rents a house in suburban Cleveland and causes upheaval in the neighborhood. Read along as you watch the ferocious new Hulu series. ($14.62 hardcover or $9.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens: Reclusive Kya Clark is suspected in the death of handsome Chase Andrews. ($18.98 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Dutch House,” by Ann Patchett: A doomed house, distant father and wicked stepmother forge an unbreakable bond between two siblings, who have only each other when all else is lost. ($20.43 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Such a Fun Age," by Kiley Reid: When Emira, a black babysitter, is accused of kidnapping her young charge, a white child, her life and that of her employer, Alix, is turned upside down. ($20.54 hardcover or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“Nothing to See Here,” by Kevin Wilson: An old high school friend comes back into Lillian’s life, asking whether she can help her care for her two new stepkids. There’s just one catch: The children catch fire. Literally. As in, they spontaneously combust. ($23.74 hardcover or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

Critically acclaimed modern fiction

"All This Could Be Yours," by Jami Attenberg.

“All This Could Be Yours,” by Jami Attenberg: One particularly damaged family experiences a reckoning when its toxic patriarch dies. Dark, witty and psychologically sharp. ($26 hardcover or $18.34 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“Fleishman Is in Trouble,” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner: “'Fleishman’ is a highly entertaining novel about 40-something foibles, but it also delivers a piercing message about just how much within a relationship is prone to misinterpretation," says a ★★★½ review for USA TODAY. ($23.75 hardcover or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“Trust Exercise,” by Susan Choi: “In her masterful, twisty fifth novel … Choi upgrades the familiar coming-of-age story with remarkable command and sensitivity,” says a ★★★½ review for USA TODAY. ($23.75 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"City of Girls," by Elizabeth Gilbert.

"City of Girls," by Elizabeth Gilbert: The author of "Eat, Pray, Love" sets this luscious love story in the New York City theater world of the 1940s, exploring female sexuality, promiscuity and fulfillment. ($24.64 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Mirror & the Light," by Hilary Mantel: The final book in Mantel's stellar Thomas Cromwell trilogy finishes things off brilliantly. "Every page is rich with insight," says a ★★★★ review for USA TODAY($24.49 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"There There," by Tommy Orange: A moving and masterfully executed novel about the interconnected lives of Native Americans living in Oakland, California. ($25.95 hardcover or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“Disappearing Earth,” by Julia Phillips: Two sisters, ages 8 and 11, make the dreaded mistake of accepting a ride from a stranger, and a beautiful August day at the beach turns into every mother’s worst nightmare in the far-flung reaches of rural Russia. ($23.71 hardcover or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Normal People," by Sally Rooney: Two young people from different social and economic castes have an intense sexual affair, and an equally intense falling out in this novel that smartly explores dynamics between power, class and sex. ($22.87 hardcover or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Lincoln in the Bardo," by George Saunders: This exhilarating, theatrical novel about a grieving Abraham Lincoln visiting his young son's grave, narrated by a chorus of ghosts, is equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, and one of the best books of the century so far($18.48 hardcover or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Nickel Boys," by Colson Whitehead.

"The Nickel Boys," by Colson Whitehead: The latest novel by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of "The Underground Railroad" is a powerful tale of two boys at a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. An instant classic. ($21.95 hardcover or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

Riveting nonfiction

"The Body," by Bill Bryson: "Like a douser hunting water, Bryson is adept at finding the bizarre and the arcane in his subject matter,” our critic said in a ★★★½ review. In this case, that subject is the human body. ($28.15 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"In Cold Blood," by Truman Capote: Considered by many to be the first true-crime classic, Capote details the murder of four members of the Clutter family in Kansas and the killers behind it. ($14.07 hardcover or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Guns, Germs, and Steel," by Jared Diamond: This 1998 Pulitzer-winning book reveals the geographical and environmental factors that shaped the modern world and allowed some cultures to become dominant over others. ($26.35 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"Catch and Kill," by Ronan Farrow.

“Catch and Kill,” by Ronan Farrow: The Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter shares his riveting account of investigating and reporting on Harvey Weinstein. It's nonfiction that reads like a thriller. ($24 hardcover or $15.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History,” by Andy Greene: This oral history of the cult-favorite sitcom that exploded into a major phenomenon on Netflix years after it ended features interviews with nearly 90 cast and crew members plus executives and critics. ($20.44 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"Sapiens," by Yuval Noah Harari: The historian explores the ways in which biology and history have defined humanity and examines the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem. ($18.24 paperback at Books-A-Million)

"The Devil in the White City," by Erik Larson: The story of an architect, Daniel H. Burnham, and a serial killer, Dr. H.H. Holmes, is juxtaposed against the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. ($11.56 paperback or $9.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Destiny of the Republic," by Candice Millard: The life of James A. Garfield is traced from his impoverished birth to becoming president of the United States – and in particular, his being shot by a deranged office-seeker and the political and medical drama that ensued before his death. ($14.95 paperback or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“The Library Book,” by Susan Orlean: This book details the story of the devastating 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library, which destroyed or damaged more than a million books. ($24.64 hardcover or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“The Secret Lives of Color,” by Kassia St. Clair: This collection of riveting micro-histories on colors includes where they come from, how they fell in and out of vogue and the roles they've played in society. ($20 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

Classics

"The Handmaid's Tale," by Margaret Atwood: Revisit the feminist dystopian masterpiece resurrected by the Hulu series. The long-awaited sequel "The Testaments" is also well worth a read($10.05 paperback or $3.39 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“Emma,” by Jane Austen: Read this delightful comedy of manners about romantic misunderstandings, then catch the new film adaptation starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the would-be matchmaker. ($5.95 paperback or $8.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"If Beale Street Could Talk," by James Baldwin: A young black couple is tested when Fonny is falsely accused of rape and Tish finds out she's pregnant. Read the tragically beautiful book, then watch the equally tragically beautiful film adaptation($14.95 paperback or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Jane Eyre," by Charlotte Brontë: An orphaned young governess, a love affair with brooding Mr. Rochester, a secret crazed wife locked in the attic – what's not to love? ($5.95 paperback or $4.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Middlemarch," by George Eliot: This is one of those big books you always meant to read that you definitely should (it's probably been sitting on your shelf for decades). Read along with book podcast Literary Disco. ($7.95 paperback or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Revisit the Roaring '20s, where the American dream goes to die over champagne cocktails. It's just as decadent and relevant nearly a century after publication. ($13.71 paperback or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

"To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee: We know, we know – nothing could be more obvious. But some things are obvious for a reason: This coming-of-age story set in the Jim Crow South was named "America's best-loved novel" by the PBS series "The Great American Read." ($15.83 paperback or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Razor's Edge," by W. Somerset Maugham: An American pilot traumatized by World War I sets off in search of transcendence. ($16.95 paperback or $13.99 at Books-A-Million)

"The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison: We lost one of the greatest writers who ever lived when we lost Morrison last year. Start with her first book, about a young black girl who longs to look like Shirley Temple. ($13.15 paperback or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“War and Peace,” by Leo Tolstoy: Clocking in at over 1,000 pages, this Russian classic is many readers’ white whale. Literary magazine A Public Space is making it feel conquerable with a guided reading by writer Yiyun Li. ($24.99 paperback or $1.77 ebook at Books-A-Million)

Modern romance and romantic comedies 

"Bet Me," by Jennifer Crusie: After going to dinner with a man who asked her out only to win a bet, Min Dobbs cuts her losses, but fate has something else in mind. ($25.99 paperback at Books-A-Million)

"Bridget Jones's Diary," by Helen Fielding: Thirty-something singleton Bridget Jones chronicles her yearlong quest for self-improvement, which includes reducing the size of her thighs and forming a functional relationship. ($16 paperback or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“The Proposal,” by Jasmine Guillory: When a public marriage proposal at a Dodgers game does not go as planned, Nikole Paterson's life takes an interesting turn. ($13.20 paperback or $2.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Confessions of a Shopaholic," by Sophie Kinsella: Financial writer Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous life filled with all of life's must-haves. The only problem? She is in massive credit card debt. ($14.07 paperback or $4.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“Red, White & Royal Blue,” by Casey McQuiston.

“Red, White & Royal Blue,” by Casey McQuiston: Alex Claremont-Diaz is the handsome, single son of the American president, and he’s got a beef with Prince Henry across the pond that turns into something more. ($12.40 paperback at Books-A-Million)

"Me Before You," by Jojo Moyes: This unlikely love story is set in a small English village, in which a young woman helps care for a 35-year-old quadriplegic. ($14.07 paperback and $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“The Flatshare,” by Beth O’Leary: This charming book is a traditional romance revival with a delightful twist: Two roommates on different work shifts share a bed and fall in love by communicating through sticky notes. ($26.99 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"The Rosie Project," by Graeme Simsion: Don Tillman, a socially awkward man, decides it is time to wed and embarks on The Wife Project. Along the way, he meets a young woman searching for her biological father. ($14.94 paperback or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Hating Game," by Sally Thorne: Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman's relationship goes from bad to worse when the executive assistants to co-CEOs are both up for the same promotion. ($13.19 paperback or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Bookish Life of Nina Hill," by Abbi Waxman: Nina Hill is content in life until she discovers a father she never knew existed and an inheritance she never wanted. ($14.07 paperback or $9.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

Sci-fi and fantasy

"Children of Blood and Bone," by Tomi Adeyemi: This West African-inspired fantasy is set in the newly magical world of Orïsha, and is followed by the excellent sequel, “Children of Virtue and Vengeance.” ($13.86 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

The cover of the "Parable of the Sower" graphic novel, an adaption of the Octavia E. Butler book by Damian Duffy and John Jennings.

"Parable of the Sower," by Octavia E. Butler: It’s 2024, society is collapsing due to the catastrophic effects of climate change, and teen narrator Lauren Oya Olamina begins to develop her own religion, called “Earthseed." There's even a graphic-novel adaptation($14.94 paperback at Books-A-Million)

"Stories of Your Life and Others," by Ted Chiang: Chiang is one of America's preeminent science fiction writers. This collection of short fiction features "Story of Your Life," the Nebula Award-winning novella that inspired the 2016 film "Arrival" (also brilliant). ($14.91 paperback or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick: Most moviegoers know this novel better as the inspiration for the 1982 film "Blade Runner." In it, Bounty hunter Rick Deckard tracks down androids living among humans in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco. ($14.07 paperback or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"American Gods," by Neil Gaiman: Shadow, an ex-con whose wife and best friend are killed in a car crash, takes a job as a bodyguard for a mysterious figure and finds himself in a world where old gods battle the new gods of consumerism and technology. ($27.99 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"Dune," by Frank Herbert: This sci-fi classic tells the story of a boy named Paul Atreides who goes undercover to seek revenge for his noble family, the victims of a traitorous plot. The novel was the first-ever winner of the Nebula Award and is being adapted into a new film this year. ($9.66 paperback or $1.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

“The Vanished Birds,” by Simon Jimenez.

“The Vanished Birds,” by Simon Jimenez: Nia Imani travels through space in a ship that speeds faster than light, a woman out of time. Until, while visiting one planet, a mysterious boy falls from the sky. ($23.75 hardcover or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Zed," by Joanna Kavenna: This clever, satirical, dystopian novel imagines an orderly technotopia run by a megacorporation thrown into chaos by glitching tech. A world made perfect by an algorithm isn’t so perfect after all($27.95 hardcover or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"A Game of Thrones," by George R.R. Martin: You've seen the series, now read what it is based on. The first novel in "A Song Ice and Fire" series opens with trouble and winter descending on Westeros. ($30.88 hardcover or $8.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Martian," by Andy Weir: An astronaut is stranded on Mars and must find his way home after he is unintentionally left behind. The novel was made into a 2015 film starring Matt Damon($14.95 paperback or $9.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

Mysteries and thrillers

"And Then There Were None," by Agatha Christie: The whodunnit that is considered a classic example of the locked-room mystery follows strangers stranded on a remote island who discover there is a murderer among them. ($7.99 paperback or $3.39 ebook at Books-A-Million)

'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn is now out in paperback.

"Gone Girl," by Gillian Flynn: When Nick Dunne’s wife Amy disappears on their fifth anniversary, he's suspect No. 1. But this book is a lot more demented than a simple whodunnit. A lot more. ($23.75 hardcover or $8.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Maltese Falcon," by Dashiell Hammett: Private detective Sam Spade is hired by a mysterious woman to follow the man her sister has run away with and becomes entwined in the search for an elusive statuette. This is the real deal: Hammett's prose goes down like a shot of whiskey. ($15 paperback or $10.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Woman in the Window," by A.J. Finn: Anna Fox, a 38-year-old woman in New York City who self-medicates and spies on her neighbors, is convinced that she has witnessed a crime committed in the townhouse across the park. ($12.34 paperback at Books-A-Million)

"Someone We Know," by Shari Lapena:  A teenage boy breaks into neighborhood houses and steals secrets off the families' computers. "As the story quickly progresses, so do the clever plot twists and turns," USA TODAY says in a ★★★½ review($23.75 hardcover or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Spy Who Came in From the Cold," by John le Carré: Facing retirement as head of the Berlin Station, Alec Leamas is given an opportunity to avenge his fallen comrades. ($28 hardcover or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Chain," by Adrian McKinty.

"The Chain," by Adrian McKinty: When Rachel’s 13-year-old daughter is kidnapped, she receives a phone call letting her know she is now part of the Chain – and that she must kidnap another family’s child for her own to be released. If the chain is broken, her daughter will die($28 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"Big Little Lies," by Liane Moriarty: The lives of three mothers are linked together by their kindergartners – and possibly a murder. In a ★★★ review, USA TODAY called it "a fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing read." ($23.71 hardcover or $9.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Devil in a Blue Dress," by Walter Mosley: Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, a black war veteran, just fired from his job at a defense plant, is approached by a stranger who offers him a job finding a young white woman in 1948 Los Angeles. ($16.99 paperback or $12.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Woman in Cabin 10," by Ruth Ware: Travel writer Lo Blacklock sees a woman thrown overboard on a luxury cruise, but unfortunately no one believes her. ($14.07 paperback or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

Cookbooks

"The Bread Bible," by Rose Levy Beranbaum: The cookbook contains 150 recipes, including yeasted bread, quick bread, flatbread and pizza dough. ($30.88 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"Mary Berry's Baking Bible," by Mary Berry: Fans of "The Great British Baking Show" have already streamed the series multiple times. With this book, they can try their own hand at the judge's signature bakes, including Victoria Sponge, Mokatines and Madeira cake. ($43.95 hardcover or $26.37 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"How to Cook Everything: The Basics," by Mark Bittman: The veteran cookbook author tackles the basics of cooking every home chef should know, from dicing to roasting and everything in between. ($32.55 hardcover or $26.05 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Mastering the Art of French Cooking," by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck: The cookbook is a classic that inspired Child's TV show, "The French Chef," and later a blog, the Julie/Julia Project, followed by the feature film "Julie & Julia."($35.20 hardcover or $22.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Pioneer Woman Cooks," by Ree Drummond: The origin of the Pioneer Woman was a blog that then begat cookbooks and a television show. This was the first of her cookbooks to be published and was an immediate success. ($20.57 hardcover or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million) 

"Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering" offers readers recipes from the Gaines' home and restaurant.

"Magnolia Table," by Joana Gaines, Marah Stets: The co-star of HGTV's departed design and renovation show "Fixer Upper" and co-founder of the Magnolia empire shares her favorite recipes for gatherings. ($26.39 hardcover or $19.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Carla Hall's Soul Food," by Carla Hall with Genevieve Ko: The "Top Chef" alum shares her favorite recipes and traces the history of comfort cuisine from Africa to the Caribbean to the American South. ($29.99 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," by Samin Nosrat: The author espouses a new cooking philosophy – simply master those four elements and anything you cook will be delicious. ($33 hardcover or $19.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Antoni in the Kitchen," by Antoni Porowski, Mindy Fox: The “Queer Eye” star shares favorite recipes and personal anecdotes in this “culinary memoir.” ($26.40 hardcover or $21.15 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Martha Stewart Cookbook," by Martha Stewart: Sure to keep you busy, this classic 1995 cookbook has more than 1,400 recipes that are compiled from Stewart's original books. ($2.99 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

'Cravings' by Chrissy Teigen

"Cravings," by Chrissy Teigen with Adeena Sussman: The model-turned-lifestyle celebrity's first cookbook was also the first to debut at No. 1 on the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list. We took some of the recipes for a test drive and they passed. ($29.99 hardcover or $7.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

Sports

"Friday Night Lights," by H.G. Bissinger: An in-depth look at a single season of a high school football team, the Permian Panthers, of Odessa, Texas, where football is king. ($29.99 hardcover or $9.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Boys in the Boat," by Daniel James Brown: The extraordinary journey of the eight-oared crew from the University of Washington and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympic. In a ★★★½ review, USA TODAY called it "a surprisingly suspenseful tale of triumph." ($17 paperback or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Boys of Winter," by Wayne Coffey: The story of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team, which defeated the Russians at the height of the Cold War in 1980. ($15.12 paperback or $11.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Ali: A Life," by Jonathan Eig: Biography of the boxer who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee and would go on to become "The Greatest." ($17.99 paperback or $12.74 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Seabiscuit," by Laura Hillenbrand: A small, crooked-legged racehorse rises from obscurity to become a champion thoroughbred and sports icon in Depression-era America. ($18 paperback or $13.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"The Boys of Summer," by Roger Kahn: A sentimental account of the Brooklyn Dodgers, from the author's childhood memories, traces their path to victory in the 1955 World Series to later years of the team's beloved players. ($15.83 paperback or $14.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Moneyball," by Michael Lewis: The book focuses on the 2002 Oakland Athletics and the team's efforts in using a new statistical model to field a successful team. ($26.95 hardcover at Books-A-Million)

"All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters," by Joe Namath.

“All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters," by Joe Namath: The celebrated New York Jets quarterback led a remarkable life. He not only beat the Colts, he whooped alcoholism and evolved into a doting grandfather. ($26.40 hardcover or $15.99 ebook at Books-A-Million)

"Only the Ball Was White," by Robert W. Peterson: A look at the forgotten story of baseball's Negro Leagues from post-Civil War to 1947, when Jackie Robinson was signed to the Dodgers. ($19.99 paperback at Books-A-Million)

"Paper Lion," by George Plimpton: In this classic of sports journalism, the author recounts his experiences in training camp and in practice with the 1963 Detroit Lions. ($20 paperback at Books-A-Million)

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