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Before the year goes any farther, make sure you have a good almanac. Should you choose The Time Traveler’s Almanac, you’ll have a fantastic one. Expertly compiled by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, who have made their names, separately and together, in the world of science fiction, this anthology goes back over a century to gather the best works on time travel ever written. It includes stories from the canonical writers, such us H.G. Wells, Isaac Asmiov, and Ray Bradbury, as well as pieces by writers you might be surprised to find here, like Max Beerbohm. Divided thematically in groups of Experiments, Mazes, and Communiques, this book has places you’ll want to go again and again. Available in paperback, $9.98.

One of the things readers loved about Amy Tan’s first novel, The Joy Luck Club, was its complex and moving portrayal of mother-daughter relationships. That insight—and more—is also part of her compelling The Valley of Amazement. Covering more than forty eventful years in Shanghai, San Francisco, and other parts of the U.S. and China, this novel follows Violet from her childhood as the American Madam’s daughter in a Shanghai brothel, through early widowhood, and a disastrous second marriage, while also charting the path her mother took from California to the East. There are eerie parallels between the women’s lives, and no less fascinating is the characters’ perspective on historical events, which usually comes from a male point of view. Available in hardcover, $7.98.

Since it was published a year and a half ago, Americanah has been the book everyone has been reading and talking about. It didn’t come out of nowhere, and you can see how talented Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was from the start. Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie’s second novel, won the Orange Prize for fiction. Set in war-torn Nigeria during the 1960s, the story of a rural boy getting radicalized, a privileged urban woman escaping to the country, and an idealistic English writer in love with the woman’s twin, matches its setting in emotional power and force. Available in paperback, $7.98.

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- Laurie Greer