This week’s 6 must-read books

Lake Success
Gary Shteyngart (fiction, Random House)
Hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen’s life has blown up rather spectacularly. His marriage is crumbling, he refuses to accept the autism diagnosis of their 3-year-old and he’s under investigation from the SEC. Fleeing the city and adulthood, he hops on a Greyhound bus, determined to reconnect with a college girlfriend. Hilarious and poignant, this latest title from the author of “Absurdistan” and “Super Sad True Love Story” does not disappoint.

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
Maxwell King (biography, Abrams Books)
We could all use a lot more of Fred Rogers these days, making this first full-length biography of the country’s best neighbor a welcome addition to the fall reading list. The book takes readers through his personal and professional life, drawing on archival documents and original interviews.

Namaste the Hard Way
Sasha Brown-Worsham (memoir, Health Communications)
When Sasha Brown was a teenager growing up in the Rust Belt, her hippy mom’s yoga practice and Sanskrit chants were something to be shrugged off with embarrassment. When her mother died of breast cancer when Sasha was just 16, there was little comfort to be found in yoga until a running injury brought her back to the practice in adulthood — and to a new understanding of the parent she lost. A meditation on grief, loss, yoga and the bonds between mother and daughter.

The Stylist
Rosie Nixon (fiction, William Morrow)
Mona Armstrong is the stylist to the stars, feared and respected by all. When her assistant quits with no notice, Amber Green steps in and the experience of working for Mona — and the Hollywood stars she clothes — is a true red carpet trial by fire.

Depth of Winter
Craig Johnson (fiction, Viking)
The latest Longmire mystery from the bestselling author, this one finds Walt Longmire’s daughter kidnapped by an international hit man. With little help from either the American or Mexican governments, Walt wades into the fray alone, desperate to save his daughter.

The Man Who Came Uptown
George Pelecanos (fiction, Mulholland Books)
Michael Hudson has been released from jail, and finds a Washington, DC, he barely recognizes, filled with trendy restaurants. He tries to stay on the straight and narrow as he reconciles his new life, post-prison, against the temptation of crime.

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