I started out the year with a couple of futuristic novels. In “Afterland” by Lauren Beukes, a deadly pandemic spreads around the world, killing only men. For unknown reasons, 12-year-old Miles was immune to the disease. The (all female) government, as well as greedy mercenaries, want to get …

“Afternoons with Harper Lee” is the personal account of the ten years of visits Alabama historian Wayne Flynt and his beloved wife Dartie — given name Dorothy — made to the iconic Harper Lee after Lee returned to her hometown of Monroeville, Ala., to spend her final years.

“The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man” is the insightful — sometimes ferociously honest — memoir of Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman, begun with the help of screenwriter (“Rebel Without a Cause”) and close friend Stewart Stern.

Anyone with a penchant for New York City, classic films, antiquarian books, the art of writing, and hard-boiled-boiled detectives enmeshed in noir mysteries are going to immediately embrace “An Honest Living,” Dwyer Murphy’s debut novel.

“Amy & Lan” is the new novel from Sadie Jones, author of “The Outcast” and the bestselling “The Uninvited Guests.” It is a beguiling coming-of-age novel guaranteed to elicit its share of smiles along with a few well-earned tears.

From Australia comes “Wake,” a gripping crime thriller from Shelley Burr. Anyone beginning this first novel had better immediately set aside more than enough time to reach its unsettling final pages.