Where'd You Go, Bernadette
By Maria Semple (Little Brown, $16.50)
THIS hit American novel uses an updated epistolary form to unravel the secrets of a Seattle woman who disappears.
By Taras Grescoe (HarperCollins, $20)
THE Canadian author and journalist searches the world for cities that exemplify a modern approach to public transportation.
The Winter Palace
By Eva Stachniak (Anchor $20)
THIS historical novel brings to life the world of Catherine the Great in 18th-century Russia.