THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN, by Terry Pratchett. The bestselling British fantasy writer -- creator of the humorous fantasy series Discworld -- died in March, after living several years with Alzheimer's. He kept writing almost to the end, and this, his final novel, features Tiffany Aching, the girl witch who featured in several of Pratchett's young adult Discworld novels. Fans young and old will want this one. (Harper, $18.99)

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THE GAY REVOLUTION: The Story of the Struggle, by Lillian Faderman. In a historic year when same-sex marriage became legal throughout the United States, an award-winning scholar surveys nearly seven decades of gay history. Beginning in the 1950s, when homosexuality was treated as a mental illness, activists began to organize for their rights; Faderman follows grassroots efforts through the Stonewall Riots, the AIDS crisis and the movement for marriage equality. (Simon & Schuster, $35)

NEGROLAND, by Margo Jefferson. "Negroland," writes the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic in this memoir, "is my name for a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty." Jefferson goes on to reflect on her upbringing in Chicago, the daughter of a prominent pediatrician and a socialite, as well as the contradictions and confusions of life for the African-American elite. (Pantheon, $25)