by Jocelyn McClurg)
1. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman (Scribner, fiction, on sale Feb. 18)
What it's about: Set in 1911 New York, Hoffman's novel brings together a young woman who works at the "freak show" of the novel's title, and a young man investigating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
The buzz: It's an Indie Next Pick of independent booksellers. "A tour de force of imagination," says Karen Pennington of Books Inc. in San Francisco.
2. The Virgin Diet Cookbook by JJ Virgin (Grand Central Life & Style, non-fiction, on sale Feb. 18)
What it's about: Offers 150 recipes for people who need dairy- and gluten-free diets or have food allergies; promises weight loss.
The buzz: It's the follow-up to The Virgin Diet, which hit No. 29 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list in 2012.
3. One Way Out by Alan Paul (St. Martin's Press, non-fiction, on sale Feb. 18)
What it's about: This book by a Guitar World magazine writer is subtitled "The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band."
The buzz: Gregg Allman's 2012 memoir, My Cross to Bear, was a best seller, like so many recent autobiographies by aging rock stars.
4. Runner by Patrick Lee (Minotaur, fiction, on sale Feb. 18)
What it's about: Jogger Sam Dryden — a former black-ops soldier — comes to the aid of a young woman he encounters on a 3 a.m. run in this thriller.
The buzz: Warner Bros. has acquired film rights, with Justin Lin (Fast and Furious 6) set to direct.
5. Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam, fiction, on sale Feb. 18)
What it's about: The latest in the futuristic "In Death" suspense series revolves around the discovery of 12 skeletons in a former shelter for troubled teens.
The buzz: Robb (a pseudonym of Nora Roberts) hit No. 1 (with Calculated in Death) and No. 2 (with Thankless in Death) on USA TODAY's best seller list last year.