Sunday, February 2, 2014

Books: New and Noteworthy

by Jocelyn McClurg)

USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

1. Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan (Ballantine, non-fiction, on sale Feb. 4)

What it's about: The author of the 2008 best seller The Middle Place, about the year she and her father both learned they had cancer, returns with a memoir about her mother.

The buzz: "The author's fans and newcomers alike will welcome this story that probes the depths of mother-daughter bonds," says Publishers Weekly.

2. Letting Goby Maya Banks (Berkley, fiction, on sale Feb. 4)

What it's about: In this first in Banks' new erotic "Surrender Trilogy," a widow finds what she's looking for in her late husband's best friend.

The buzz: Banks, who explores the same dominance-submissive sexual territory as E.L. James (Fifty Shades), hit No.1 last year on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list with Burn.

3. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak (Knopf, fiction, on sale Feb. 4)

What it's about: Short comic fiction from the actor (The Office, Saving Mr. Banks).

The buzz: Already excerpted in The New Yorker, Novak's debut collection can't be any funnier than the hilarious promotional trailer co-starring Mindy Kaling as a French snob.

4. Lincoln's Boys by Joshua Zeitz (Viking, non-fiction, on sale Feb. 4)

What it's about: The "boys" are not Abraham Lincoln's sons but rather his secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay, and how they defined the president's legacy after his death.

The buzz: "Masterful... approaches the already overloaded realm of Abraham Lincoln studies from a fresh direction," says Kirkus Reviews.

5. Somersetby Leila Meacham (Grand Central, fiction, on sale Feb. 4)

What it's about: This prequel to the 2010 best-selling Texas family saga Roses begins in 1835 with the plantation "origin story" of the Tolivers and Warwicks.

The buzz: "Rich with American history and pitch-perfect storytelling," says Publishers Weekly.