Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. Real-life events of the author, a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict, who escaped from Pentridge Prison flees to India where he lives for 10 years. It is a vivid portrayal of tumultuous life in Bombay.
Justin Torres' debut novel is a welterweight champ of a book. It tells the story of three brothers growing up in a family that is both fiercely loyal and violently chaotic. Together, they endure their parents, their poverty and, of course, each other.
What it's about: War photographer Lynsey Addario recounts her exploits in wartime and battle-ridden places like Afghanistan. Who's starring: Jennifer Lawrence will play Lynsey, and Steven Spielberg will direct.