5 new books not to miss this week, including the latest Preston & Child
USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.
1. “Verses for the Dead” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central, fiction, on sale Dec. 31)
What it’s about: In the latest in a popular series, rogue FBI agent A.X.L. Pendergast is teamed with a partner in Miami Beach, where a serial killer is cutting out the hearts of his victims.
The buzz: The last Agent Pendergast book, “City of Endless Night,” landed at No. 2 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list on Jan. 25.
2. “The Gown” by Jennifer Robson (William Morrow, fiction, on sale Dec. 31)
What it’s about: Historical fiction focused on two young embroiderers at the Norman Hartnell fashion house in 1947 London who are working on the future Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding gown.
The buzz: It’s an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. “A fascinating look at life in post-WW II England,” says Beth Carpenter of the Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
3. “The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World” by Jordan Shapiro (Little, Brown Spark, nonfiction, on sale Dec. 31)
What it’s about: Shapiro, a senior fellow at Sesame Workshop and father of two boys, has a positive outlook on kids and screen time.
The buzz: “Well-formulated, deeply insightful,” says Publishers Weekly.
4. “13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do” by Amy Morin (William Morrow, nonfiction, on sale Dec. 31)
What it’s about: A psychotherapist offers tips on how women can be “mentally and emotionally strong,” including the suggestion that mentally tough women “don’t downplay their success.”
The buzz: As we head into a new year, publishers are rolling out their self-help titles and honing in on the #MeToo movement.
5. “In a House of Lies” by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale Dec. 31)
What it’s about: Inspector Rebus is lured from retirement for a cold-case murder investigation after the skeletal remains of a private investigator are found near Edinburgh.
The buzz: “Rankin remains a master of the contemporary police procedural,” says Publishers Weekly.
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