Nonfiction
Van Gogh

The Life

Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Random House, $40

The most extensive biography of the Van Gogh to date offers a new theory on the circumstances surrounding his death.

Westmoreland

The General Who Lost Vietnam

Lewis Sorley

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30

Sorley's biography suggests that William Westmoreland's strategy of attrition failed to understand the realities of the Vietnam War.

West by West

My Charmed, Tormented Life

Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman

Little, Brown, $27.99

One of the greatest figures in NBA history as a player and executive offers a candid accounting of his challenging life.

Woolgathering

Patti Smith

New Directions, $18.95

A memoir by the National Book Award–winner and musician that recollects the poignant experiences, real and imagined, of her early life.

You Will See Fire

A Search for Justice in Kenya

Christopher Goffard

W.W. Norton, $27.95

The death of an American clergyman, despised by Kenya's tyrannical leader Daniel arap Moi, is ruled a suicide until the truth is uncovered.