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In his essential 2016 memoir, Haig ( The Humans, How to Stop Time) recounts his decades-long battle with depression with refreshing frankness. He is, at times, witty and profound—you’ll dog-ear countless passages about life and love, whether you or someone you know has suffered from depression—but also inspiring without being cliché.To buy: $7, amazon.com
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Whether it's because you've been introduced to a writer after they've published a few novels or your to-read list on Goodreads was too long for you to consider new additions, even the most voracious reader sometimes misses a book (happens to all of us).

If you haven't yet read these seven books—some from authors you may have heard of recently, others from icons whose other works you've already read—add them to your nightstand now.

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1
Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

If you were introduced to Ward’s fiction this year with her masterful, award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, and find yourself wanting more, pick the book that put Ward on the literary map and earned the author her first National Book Award. Salvage the Bones follows pregnant, 14-year-old Esch, her three brothers, and their family’s absent father as they prepare for Hurricane Katrina. As she does in Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward touches on the importance of family—even in the most dire of circumstances—and writes with arresting prose that makes you take your time reading.

To buy: $12, amazon.com

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2
The Paris Wife, by Paula McClain

In this historical fiction novel, McLain illuminates Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage to Hadley Richardson. After an intense courtship, the two marry and head to Paris—at the height of the roaring 1920s Jazz Age—joining a group of friends that include F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. As Hadley adjusts to a life of hard partying as Hemingway’s muse, she must confront her husband’s infidelity. Though The Paris Wife is a work of fiction, McLain’s exhaustive research into their marriage and the time period makes for a gorgeous, devastating read.

To buy: $10, amazon.com

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3
Reasons to Stay Alive, by Matt Haig

In his essential 2016 memoir, Haig (The Humans, How to Stop Time) recounts his decades-long battle with depression with refreshing frankness. He is, at times, witty and profound—you’ll dog-ear countless passages about life and love, whether you or someone you know has suffered from depression—but also inspiring without being cliché.

To buy: $7, amazon.com

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4
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant sticks to her routine. She goes to work, eats the same meals every day, calls her mother on Wednesday evenings, and spends her weekends drinking vodka until she passes out. Eleanor is content to have no friends—until her coworker, Raymond, begins hanging around and asking her to lunch. Read this page-turner about the power of friendship before Reese Witherspoon adapts it to film.

To buy: $17, amazon.com

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5
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel García Márquez

If you’re a fan of Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in a Time of Cholera, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick, you’ll love Chronicle of a Death Foretold. In this novella, Márquez’s anonymous narrator recounts the murder of a man named Santiago Nasar the day after a local bride, Angela Vicario, is returned to her parents in disgrace. Márquez’s novel is not only a story of a murder, but also a profile of a town and society. Told in a journalistic style and partially based on a true story, Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a great read for those who devour crime novels and thrillers, too.

To buy: $12, amazon.com

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6
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

The most recent novel from Patchett (Bel Canto, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, State of Wonder) is a satisfying family drama that traces the fallout of an affair between Bert Cousins and Beverly Keating. Patchett follows Bert and Beverly’s blended family of six children over five decades as they grow up together and watch their parents age. Commonwealth is an engrossing novel about responsibility and family.

To buy: $11, amazon.com

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7
Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan

When it was released in the U.S. earlier this year, Anatomy of a Scandal was a bit overshadowed by other psychological thrillers like The Woman in the Window that came out the same month. So consider this one to read before all your friends catch on. In Vaughan’s courtroom drama, James is a successful London politician and loving husband and wife. When his aide accuses him of rape, James’ wife, Sophie, is firm that he is innocent. The prosecutor, Kate, is convinced of his guilt. Vaughan’s novel is told from the alternating perspectives of James, Sophie, and Kate as the trial unfolds, keeping readers wondering who is telling the truth. This timely novel reads like a thriller.

To buy: $17, amazon.com