Have you done this? Have you ever started reading a book even though you don’t think you’re going to like it? And then you do?

I’ve read plenty of books that I’ve started reluctantly, usually because they were recommended by a friend so enthusiastically I couldn’t refuse.

I know what I like when it comes to books, and I’m super choosy. But I love being surprised.

“The first thing to do with a coconut, of course, is to get at it.” Rombauer, Joy of Cooking

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Life of Pi in this quirky spiritual journey across the wild highways and byways of America.

“Coming from the author of books such as A Dog Named Christmas and Christmas with Tucker,” Kincaid writes, “This new novel might at first blush sound like a de­parture for me. And yet, Angel and Ted’s journey throughout the Southwest reveals the themes at the heart of all my work: the ultimate questions of life and love, of companionship and overcoming the odds.”

Our dogs are our best friends. They are always happy to see us. They comfort us in our times of need. They also eat our shoes, stain our carpets, and embarrass us in front of our guests.

Dog owners everywhere have found their outlet in DogShaming.com, where they can confess their dogs’ biggest (and often grossest!) sins, which turn out to be recognizably universal—complete with snapshots of ridiculously cute but shamed pups who don’t seem capable of humping humans, pooping on pillows, or snagging steak straight from a grill.

In John Verdon’s most sensationally twisty novel yet, ingenious puzzle solver Dave Gurney brings his analytical brilliance to a shocking murder that couldn’t have been committed the way the police say it was.

The daunting task that confronts Gurney, once the NYPD’s top homicide cop: determining the guilt or innocence of a woman already convicted of shooting her charismatic politician husband.

Peeling back the layers, Gurney quickly finds himself waging a dangerous battle of wits with a thoroughly corrupt investigator, a disturbingly cordial mob boss, a gorgeous young temptress, and a bizarre assassin whose child-like appearance has earned him the nickname Peter Pan.

A charming collection of typographical errors, slips of the pen, and embarrassing misprints, Just My Typo celebrates the awful and the sublime mistakes that riddle our feeble human attempts at communication.

Author Drummond Moir talks about how he researched this hilarious collection of cringe-worthy typos.

“First, I asked hundreds of people from the book world to send me their favourite howlers. Second, a lot of the most embarrassing and/or expensive ones have made the news, so I did a fair bit of online trawling. And third, a lot of the funniest typos came from existing books of mistakes, particularly older ones.”

“I have been incredibly fortunate over the course of my career to have been associated with some extraordinary dramatic and musical productions,” says Patti LuPone, “and also some rather spectacular disasters. Looking back, I can find gifts and life lessons in every one.”

With its insightful retrospective of her career-defining turns, both on Broadway and abroad, in Evita, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, Patti LuPone: A Memoir reveals the artist’s deeply felt passion for music and the theatre and is, in the end, the compelling and quintessential tale of an exceptional life well lived.