A Long Way Down
By Nick Hornby
Hornby's new novel, about four would-be suicides, confirms his grasp of both the comic and the tragic (Riverhead, $24.95).
By Amanda Filipacchi
Three extremely neurotic characters are brought together by stalking in this inventive and intelligent anti-romance (St. Martin's, $23.95).
By Michael Cunningham
With Whitman as their ghostly muse, the novel's three self-contained novellas form a rich, melancholy whole (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25).
By Andrew Miller
A subtle, beautifully written novel that explores the plight of a caring man in an uncaring universe (Harcourt, $24).
By David McCullough
America's most momentous year, captured in trademark you-are-there style by the prize-winning McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $32).
Selected from books recently reviewed in the Globe.