by Joyce McClurg)
1. Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (Random House, fiction, on sale Jan. 28)
What it's about: A photographer whose glory days seem to be in the past meets a younger man.
The buzz: "With spare, elegant prose, (Quindlen) crafts a poignant glimpse into the inner life of an aging woman," says Library Journal.
2. All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior (Ecco, non-fiction, on sale Jan. 28)
What it's about: Drawing on studies and interviews, Senior looks at the pros and cons of over-involved parenting.
The buzz: Senior's 2010 cover article on the topic in New York magazine got widespread attention in the media and online.
3. The Pope and Mussolini by David I. Kertzer (Random House, non-fiction, on sale Jan. 28)
What it's about: Examines the complicity between Pope Pius XI and Italian leader Il Duce in the rise of fascism in pre-World War II Europe.
The buzz: "Accessible …a fast-paced must-read," says Publishers Weekly.
4. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Knopf, fiction, on sale Jan. 28)
What it's about: Historical fiction by British thriller writer Harris, as he takes on the Dreyfus affair in 1890s France, in which a Jewish officer was wrongly convicted of treason.
The buzz: The case "still has the power to shock," says the U.K.'s The Guardian.
5. My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead (Crown, non-fiction, on sale Jan. 28)
What it's about: In this memoir, the New Yorker staffer writes about her lifelong love affair with George Eliot's great novel.
The buzz: Calling all English majors. "Passionate readers, even those new to Middlemarch, will relish this book," says Publishers Weekly.