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Every Person in New York

George Saunders, author of the acclaimed short story collection Tenth of December, has written his first novel. Lincoln in the Bardo takes the death of President Lincoln's son and conjures a ghost story in the way of Wilder's Our Town. As you'd expect from Saunders, there are moments of black humor, and of great compassion.

When she was 15 years old, Georgia Hunter learned that her relatives were Holocaust survivors. Since then, she has been on a quest to learn about the Polish Jews, her family, that fled Poland by different routes and their eventual reunion. We Were the Lucky Ones, to be published next week, is a novel based on her long journey of discovery.

The Nazis again. The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell focuses on a piece of the Nazi era not well known—that the Third Reich plundered libraries in an attempt to control thought. Rydell is entrusted with one of the confiscated books and makes it his mission to return to it to relatives of the original, rightful owner.

A history of our species, Sapiens, became a bestseller for Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari. His new book, Homo Deus (out February 21), looks ahead to where our species may be in the future.

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes, to be published, appropriately enough, on Valentine's Day, is a love-letter to the city and Hayes' relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.

Autumn by Ali Smith is the first novel of a proposed seasonal quartet. The context of Smith's nonlinear, kaleidoscopic approach is Brexit but time, love, art and friendship is its story.

A major hit from Japan, Hideo Yokoyama's Six Four is a long, immersive crime procedural with vivid characters against a backdrop of Japanese police culture.

Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, has a new novel out February 21. A Piece of the World is about artist Andrew Wyeth and his famous painting Christina's World.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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