What We're Reading This Weekend: Buzzy New Novels

Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Gilbert and Wally Lamb's New Novels Are Buzzing
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, We Are Water by Wally Lamb and The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

updated 11/21/2013 at 04:00 PM EST

originally published 11/21/2013 05:15PM

How could you go wrong this holiday season with the latest offerings from literary bestsellers Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Gilbert and Wally Lamb?

Let us know what you think of our staffers' choices – and tell us what you're reading.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Buzzy New Novels| The Lowland, The Signature of All Things, We Are Water, Books, What We're Reading, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jhumpa Lahiri, Wally Lamb

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Kiran Hefa, Assistant Editor
Her Pick: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Lahiri's second novel packs a huge emotional punch as it follows the life of Indian-born, American-educated Subhash, whose life is profoundly changed after his brother Udayan is executed by the Indian government. The dutiful Subhash attempts to honor his brother by marrying Udayan's pregnant wife, but hardship follows. While the book is peppered with characters whose selfish actions make them easy to hate, its beauty lies in providing honest insight into them.














What We're Reading This Weekend: Buzzy New Novels| The Lowland, The Signature of All Things, We Are Water, Books, What We're Reading, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jhumpa Lahiri, Wally Lamb

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert



Leslie Baldwin, Account Manager
Her Pick: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

An incredible return to fiction for Gilbert, this novel couldn't be more different from Eat, Pray, Love. Set in 18th century Philadelphia, it's the story of Alma, an heiress raised to pursue intellect above all else, who grows up to be a botanist specializing in moss. It's a beautifully written odyssey that takes you from Philly to Tahiti to Holland as Alma discovers her place in the world.











What We're Reading This Weekend: Buzzy New Novels| The Lowland, The Signature of All Things, We Are Water, Books, What We're Reading, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jhumpa Lahiri, Wally Lamb

We Are Water by Wally Lamb



Laurie Coghlan, Sr. Digital PR Manager
Her Pick: We Are Water by Wally Lamb

I'm about half way through We Are Water, but I foresee at least one night this weekend being devoted to the couch and my hardcover. The book is about a wife who has scandalously left her husband for her art (and another woman) in N.Y.C. The story's told from the perspective of a few characters, which isn’t always my favorite device, but here each character is interesting enough in her own right to make it work well. So far my favorite scene involves the throwing of multiple glasses of Bordeaux at three Vera Wang wedding dresses. At least you know you won't be bored!

Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week's cookbooks for Thanksgiving and more great book finds here.

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