LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS
By Harold S. Kushner
Knopf, $22

Make it through the aforementioned books and you’ll definitely be ready for Rabbi Kushner’s new book. The author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People helps us understand the path to a truly successful life — one that
involves generosity, self-sacrifice, and strong relationships — a goal that has become increasingly essential in recent months.

LEAVING DISNEYLAND
By Alexander Parsons
Thomas Dunne Books St. Martin's Press, $23.95

Don’t mistake the title — this is no day at the park. Instead, Parsons’ promising first novel is a stirring look at what a man incarcerated for 16 years faces upon being released back into society. His writing is believable, even as it delves into territory that may leave the reader a little uneasy. A must-read for fall.

THE SIBLEY GUIDE TO BIRD LIFE & BEHAVIOR NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
Illustrated by David Allen Sibley
Knopf, $45

Sibley, who brought birders the best-selling The Sibley Guide to Birds, is back with a comprehensive look at all things ornithological. Beautifully illustrated with nearly 800 full-color paintings by Sibley, and packed with info from some of America’s top avian experts, the guide is an indispensable resource for nature lovers, birders, and nonbirders alike.