Believing Is Seeing by Errol Morris (Penguin, $40)
Close study of manipulated photographs shows that they can reveal different truths.
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18)
A meditative tale of a former orphan, now elderly, whose life has passed him by.
Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell (Simon and Schuster, $24)
A series of linked stories that unfold to reveal multidimensional characters.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Little, Brown $25.99)
Ambitious debut novel makes connections between baseball and Melville’s masterpiece.