3. 'Dear Life: Stories,' by Alice Munro
Booker Prize-winner Alice Munro's latest short story collection centers on how a chance decision or moment can change a person's life, from a mother who flees a strange woman with her child in tow to a young girl who has trouble sleeping and finds herself thinking only of her much-loved sister. "The language is so clear," says Nelson of Munro's stories. "You read this and think, 'Someone else felt this way?'.... They're very powerful."