THE BRAND-NEW HOUSE BOOK
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PLANNING, DESIGNING, AND BUILDING A CUSTOM, SEMI-CUSTOM, OR PRODUCTION-BUILT HOUSE
By Katherine Salant, Three Rivers Press, $14.95

Building your dream house? Syndicated columnist Salant offers step-by-step help from the ground up, with tips on everything from financing to flooring. Clear advice from a savvy expert.

BLUE DIARY
By Alice Hoffman, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $24.95

In the quiet Massachusetts town of Monroe, Jorie and Ethan Ford lead an idyllic life with their young son, Collie. When a terrible secret in Ethan’s past is revealed, Jorie, her son, and the people of Monroe must try to come to terms with the man they know and the very different kind of man he used to be. Hoffman at her lyrical best.

IF WE HAD WINGS
By Rinker Buck, Crown, $32.50

From Lindbergh’s landmark flight to Apollo 11’s lunar landing, aviation writer Buck captures struggles, tragedies, and triumphs spanning a century of flight. Along with photographs and first-person accounts, If We Had Wings includes removable objects and documents like an American POW’s letter from behind enemy lines. Hold history in your hands.