Sunday, April 13, 2014

Books: New and Noteworthy

(from usatoday.com
by Jocelyn McClurg)


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

1. The Collector by Nora Roberts (Putnam, fiction, on sale April 15)

What it's about: A young novelist witnesses a murder – Rear Windows-style – and is sucked into the case by the victim's bachelor brother.

The buzz: Roberts' most recent debut at No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list was on April 3 with Shadow Spell.

2. The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America by John F. Kasson (W.W. Norton, non-fiction, on sale April 14)

What it's about: Examines how the cherubic child star sang and tap-danced her way to stardom.

The buzz: Arrives just two months after Temple Black's death at age 85.

3. The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman (HarperBusiness, non-fiction, on sale April 15)

What it's about: The journalist-authors of Womenomics offer advice for working women on "the art of self-assurance."

The buzz: Features a blurb from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, author of the best seller Lean In.

4. A Broken Hallelujah by Liel Leibovitz (W.W. Norton, non-fiction, on sale April 14)

What it's about: A portrait of troubadour Leonard Cohen, now 79, and his music.

The buzz: "Leibovitz delivers a different sort of biography that Cohen fanatics should appreciate," says Kirkus Reviews.

5. Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid (Grove Press, fiction, on sale April 15)

What it's about: The Scottish crime writer updates Jane Austen's Gothic novel, setting it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The buzz: "An accessible and enjoyable read," says Publishers Weekly.