Nonfiction
TV host and commentator Bill O'Reilly teams up with bestselling author Martin Dugard to describe the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The Language Wars

A History of Proper English

Henry Hitchings

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28

An examination of the rules of grammar, regional accents and political correctness in the battlefield that is the English language.

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, 1907-1922

Edited by Sandra Spanier and Robert W. Trogdon

Cambridge University Press, $40

This first volume of Hemingway's letters reveals a more complex person than his tough-guy public persona suggested.

Life Upon These Shores

Looking at African American History, 1513-2008

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Alfred A. Knopf, $50

A richly illustrated book tracing the African American experience from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama.

The Long Night

William L. Shirer and the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Steve Wick

Palgrave/Macmillan, $27

An American journalist's firsthand encounters with the Nazis after starting, in the 1930s, the Berlin bureau of Edward R. Murrow's CBS News.