Sunday, April 20, 2014

Books: New and Noteworthy

(from usatoday.com
by Joycelyn McClurg)


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

1. The Target by David Baldacci (Grand Central, fiction, on sale April 22)

What it's about: Government hit men (well, one is a woman) Will Robie and Jessica Reel have a new assignment from the president.

The buzz: The last Will Robie thriller, The Hit, landed at No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list last year.

2. Everybody's Got Somethingby Robin Roberts (Grand Central, non-fiction, on sale April 22)

What it's about: A memoir by the popular co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.

The buzz: Roberts looks back on her diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome and writes about her "wonderful" girlfriend, Amber.

3. Chestnut Streetby Maeve Binchy (Knopf, fiction, on sale April 22)

What it's about: A posthumous collection of linked stories from the Irish writer, revolving around a Dublin street and those who live there.

The buzz: "Binchy's thoughtful and loving touch … will be sorely missed," says Publishers Weekly.

4. A Fighting Chanceby Elizabeth Warren (Metropolitan, non-fiction, on sale April 22)

What it's about: A memoir by the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, who came to prominence as a consumer protection advocate.

The buzz: Warren is the only "person in the Democratic party who has a credible path to beating Hillary Rodham Clinton in a 2016 Democratic primary," says The Washington Post — before adding that Warren won't run.

5. The Serpent of Veniceby Christopher Moore (William Morrow, fiction, on sale April 22)

What it's about: The jester of Moore's Fool returns in this comic novel that's a mash-up of Shakespeare's Othello and The Merchant of Venice.

The buzz: It's an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. "Hilarious," says Carol Schneck Varner of Schuler Books & Music in Okemos, Mich.