"Give Me Your Hand" by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown; $16.99). The latest in Edgar Award winner Abbott's irresistible string of woman-centered crime thrillers is this tale of three scientists, two of whom share a terrible secret. Taking place mostly in the sterile gleam of a research lab, it's a time-shifting page turner about women in intellectual competition—and was acquired for TV adaptation even before its publication last year.
"Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous" by Chris Bonanos (Picador, $20). Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Biography of 2018, this book tells the story of Usher Fellig, an Eastern European immigrant who reinvented himself as Weegee, chronicler of Manhattan nightlife in the 1930s. "The book is a zesty read," wrote Seattle Times reviewer Michael Upchurch, "steeped in the history of photography while creating an indelible portrait of his subject."
"My Year of Rest and Relaxation" by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin, $16). This novel, by the author of "Eileen," follows a young Manhattan woman who vows to cope with grief by spending a year sleeping; it's been optioned for film by Margot Robbie. "Because this is a novel by the superabundantly talented Moshfegh," wrote a New York Times reviewer, "we know in advance that it will be cool, strange, aloof and disciplined."