Friday, January 17, 2014

Books: New and Noteworthy

by Jocelyn McClurg)

1. Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes by Michael Singer (Disney, non-fiction, on sale Dec. 17)

What it's about: Coffee-table-book celebration of producer Bruckheimer's many blockbuster hits – from Top Gun to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise – and a few misses (The Lone Ranger).

The buzz: This oversized, photo-stuffed Bruckheimer lovefest features a foreword by Tonto himself, Johnny Depp.

2. The New Countess by Fay Weldon (St. Martin's Press, fiction, on sale Dec. 17)

What it's about: Third volume in trilogy set in Edwardian England, as Lord and Lady Dilberne prepare for a visit from King Edward VII and his mistress.

The buzz: "Weldon has deftly capitalized on the Downton Abbey momentum," says Booklist.

3. Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Tor, fiction, on sale now)

What it's about: Twenty-one original stories about female heroines and villains, from writers including Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman and George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones).

The buzz: "Bold and deadly female characters of many genres stride through the pages of this massive anthology," says Kirkus Reviews.

4. Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer by Thom Hatch (St. Martin's Press, non-fiction, on sale now)

What it's about: New biography of the golden-haired general who met an ignominious end at Little Big Horn trumpets him as a Civil War hero.

The buzz: "Recommended as a lively read for Civil War history buffs," says Library Journal.

5. The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich (Doubleday, fiction, on sale now)

What it's about: In this financial thriller by the author of The First Billion, a hedge fund manager searches for the truth behind his father's murder.

The buzz: Publishers Weekly says: "Brings espionage to the New York Stock Exchange….enjoyable."