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Books we can’t wait to read in 2019

This year is shaping up to be a big one for fiction, with new books from the likes of Elizabeth McCracken, Marlon James, Karen Russell, and Colson Whitehead and long-awaited second novels by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Téa Obreht, and Erin Morgenstern. There are also striking works of nonfiction queued up. Take a look.

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Bowlaway,’’Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco)

Loss and love revolve around a bowling alley established at the turn of the 20th century in a Massachusetts village by a woman who seems to have fallen from the sky in this quirky epic about family and fate, McCracken’s first novel since 2001’s “Niagara Falls All Over Again.’’

Where Reasons End,’’ Yiyun Li (Random House)

The award-winning writer and MacArthur fellow presents a wrenching meditation on grief, memory, and the limits of language in the form of an imagined conversation between a grieving mother and the 16-year-old son she lost to suicide.

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays,’’Esmé Weijun Wang (Graywolf)

Part affecting memoir, part probing analysis from a former Stanford researcher with a schizoaffective disorder on what it is like to live with mental illness, how patients are viewed by the culture, and the surprising vagaries of diagnosis and treatment.

Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts,’’Jill Abramson (Simon Schuster)

The former executive editor of The New York Times follows two legacy organizations, the Times and the Washington Post, and two upstarts, BuzzFeed and Vice Media, in her look at news-media disruption and adjustment over the last

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