Sunday, April 27, 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. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (William Morrow, fiction, on sale April 29)

What it's about: Penn Cage, a former prosecutor in Natchez, Miss., searches for the truth when his father is accused of murder in a racially charged case.

The buzz: An indie next pick of independent booksellers. "Iles delivers a blockbuster," says Cody Morrison of Square Books in Oxford, Miss.

2. Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton (Random House, non-fiction, on sale April 29)

What it's about: In her follow-up to Then Again, a memoir about her mother, Keaton, 68, offers a "candid look at beauty and aging," says her publisher.

The buzz: Then Again was a top 50 USA TODAY best seller in 2011.

3. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Arthur Lansing (Basic Books, non-fiction, on sale April 29)

What it's about: A commemorative 100th-anniversary edition of Lansing's 1959 book, tied to the 1914 voyage of Ernest Shackleton from England to Antarctica.

The buzz: Features a new introduction by historian Nathaniel Philbrick (Mayflower).

4. Part Swan, Part Goose by Swoosie Kurtz (Perigree, non-fiction, on sale April 29)

What it's about: Memoir by the actress focuses on her career and her bond with her parents.

The buzz: Kurtz is busy these days playing Joyce Flynn, mother of Molly (Melissa McCarthy), on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.

5. The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale April 29)

What it's about: Novel tells the back-story of the pink suit (a Chanel knockoff) Jacqueline Kennedy wore that tragic day in Dallas.

The buzz: The bloodied pink suit (preserved by the National Archives out of public view) was much in the news last year on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination.