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The week’s best books

Baby Teeth
Zoje Stage (fiction, St. Martin’s)
Suzette is a stay-at-home mom devoted to her 7-year-old daughter, Hanna, who does not — or will not — speak. Unrelated, Hanna’s also kind of a handful, the scourge of babysitters and might possibly be a complete psychopath. Or is it all in Suzette’s head? The reader won’t know, making this a deliciously creepy read.

City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underground of Old Shanghai
Paul French (nonfiction, Picador)
Nineteen-thirties Shanghai was where the action was: money to be made, rules flouted, vice galore. Against this seedy backdrop, two men, “Lucky” Jack Riley and “Dapper” Joe Farren, ruled the roost.

Us Against You

Fredrik Backman (fiction, Atria)
In his second Beartown book, set in a remote town with not much going for it except its ice-hockey team, there’s terrible news: The local hockey club might soon be disbanded. But the arrival of a newcomer gives the club a second lease on life, as the town’s rivalry against nearby Hed intensifies.

The Lido
Libby Page (fiction, Simon Schuster)
Rosemary Peterson’s Brixton, London, neighborhood is changing, and she isn’t happy about it. When the local pool is threatened with closure by a real-estate developer, she ends up bonding with a twentysomething woman, a reporter assigned to write a story about the closing. The two end up with a friendship that surprises and inspires them both. Great for fans of “A Man Called Ove.”

Give Me Your Hand
Megan Abbott (fiction, Little, Brown)
Kit and Diane were best friends and chemistry partners in high school, until Diane shared a dark secret Kit would never forget. Ten years later, they’re paired up again in a science lab, involved in groundbreaking new research. But Diane’s past is still on Kit’s

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