THE FIFTH BOOK OF PEACH
By Maxine Hong Kingston (Knopf, $26)
In a powerful hybrid of memoir and fiction, Kingston, a National Book Award winner, delves into the soul of the Vietnam era.

THE DISTANCE FROM NORMANDY
By Jonathan Hull (St. Martin’s Press, $24.95)

A grandfather and grandson share the secrets of their private wars in this gripping novel by the author of Losing Julia.

THE CAKEBREAD CELLARS NAPA VALLEY COOKBOOK
By Dolores and Jake Cakebread, with resident chef Brian Streeter (Ten Speed Press, $35)
Subtitled Wine and Recipes to Celebrate Every Season’s Harvest, this stunning cookbook is equal parts deliciously useful tome and fascinating family portrait.

THROUGH THE LENS: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHS(National Geographic, $30) More than 500 captivating pages of photo-graphs span every continent, under water, and into space.