The Sea HouseEsther Freud
(Ecco · hardcover · $24.95)
Sigmund's great granddaughter, Esther Freud, has created an elegantly crafted novel set in a coastal English village that cleverly weaves together two complementary narrative strands. Advance readers have said Freud's fourth novel is a beautiful piece of work.
Shadow MenJonathon King
(Dutton Books · hardcover · $23.95)
In King's third Max Freeman novel, the ex-cop from Philly investigates the disappearance of a father and two sons in Florida's Everglades. With a grab bag of nasty secrets and cast of colorful characters, Shadow Men should appeal to both new fans and old.
Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us HumanPaul Bloom
(Basic Books · hardcover · $26)
Cognitive scientist Paul Bloom sifts through the history of art, religion and morality and attempts to reconcile what he discovers with recent findings in child development research. Bloom has a lot of admirers, and readers have said his most recent book is funny, smart and a joy to read.
The Miracle Detective: An Investigation of Holy VisionsRandall Sullivan
(Atlantic Monthly Press · hardcover · $25)
Sullivan travels around the world to hunt down researchers who investigate claims of religious visions. The Miracle Detective's balanced inquiry should provoke both wide-eyed believers and natural born skeptics.