THE COIL
By Gayle Lynds
(St. Martin’s Press, $25)
Coauthor of The Altman Codeand the Covert-1 series with Robert Ludlum, Lynds goes solo to rave reviews from Dean Koontz and Douglas Preston, among others, in a gripping tale of a former CIA field agent who’s drawn into a swirling conspiracy surrounding her deceased father, a notorious Cold War assassin called the Carnivore.

AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES
Edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbothan
(Oxford University Press, $55)
What do Harriet Tubman, Ambrose Caliver, Venus Williams, George Washington Carver, and Malcolm X have in common? Whether famous or near-forgotten, their stories are told in the most comprehensive biography of African-Americans to be published in decades.

THE HARVARD GUIDE TO WOMEN'S HEALTH
By Karen J. Carlson, MD, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, MD, and Terra Ziporyn, PhD
(Harvard University Press, $25)
With complete information on women’s health concerns (including cardiac health and heart disease — the number-one killer of women in the U.S.), this A-to-Z reference book is a definitive medical resource and a must for your bookshelf.

THE HOUSE TO OURSELVES: REINVENTING HOME ONCE THE KIDS ARE GROWN
By Todd Lawson and Tom Connor
(The Taunton Press, $35)
Twenty-one empty-nester homes offer design solutions for a variety of styles and geographic locations in this quality coffee-table guide to thinking outside the box.