Wednesday, April 9, 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. House of Outrageous Fortune by Michael Gross (Atria, non-fiction, on sale Tuesday)

What it's about: The author of 740 Park opens the door on another Manhattan real-estate temple, 15 Central Park West, "the world's most powerful address," where both stars and hedge-fund types have bought in.

The buzz: "Gross's depiction of ... captains of finance is full of both contempt and admiration," says Publishers Weekly.

2. The Accident by Chris Pavone (Crown, non-fiction, on sale Tuesday)

What it's about: The author of The Expats returns with a story set in the publishing world. It's about an anonymous manuscript that threatens powerful men, including a media mogul with CIA ties.

The buzz: It's an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. "A compelling thriller for book lovers," says Hannah Johnson-Breimeier of Boswell Book Co. in Milwaukee.

3. You Must Remember Thisby Robert Wagner with Scott Eyman (Viking, non-fiction, on sale Tuesday)

What it's about: The actor, 84, reflects on a glamorous past in this book, subtitled Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age.

The buzz: Wagner's 2008 memoir, Pieces of My Heart, was a best seller.

4. Grin and Bear Itby Jenni Pulos (St. Martin's Press, non-fiction, on sale Tuesday)

What it's about: A humorous self-help memoir about how to be happy "no matter what reality throws your way."

The buzz: Pulos is best known as the long-suffering sidekick on Bravo's Flipping Out and Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis.

5. Stone Coldby C.J. Box (Putnam, fiction, on sale Tuesday)

What it's about: The 14th in the Joe Pickett series finds the Wyoming game warden investigating a rich man who may have made his fortune killing people for money.

The buzz: The 13th Pickett novel, Breaking Point, reached No. 21 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list last year.