Monday, June 16, 2014

Books: New and Noteworthy

by Jocelyn McClurg)

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

1. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland, fiction, on sale June 19)

What it's about: Private detective Cormoran Strike investigates the disappearance of a novelist with lots of enemies.

The buzz: The first Galbraith book, The Cuckoo's Calling, spent three weeks straight at No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list last summer after it was revealed that the author is actually J.K. Rowling.

2. Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality by David Boies and Theodore B. Olson (Viking, non-fiction, on sale June 17)

What it's about: Two lawyers, unlikely allies, document their successful fight to overturn Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in California.

The buzz: A "carefully crafted, highly accessible play-by-play of the complex … legal battle over the gay and lesbian right to marry," says Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

3. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (Bantam, fiction, on sale June 17)

What it's about: Would you buy a used car from this guy? New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum takes on a crooked car dealer.

The buzz: The last Plum book, Takedown Twenty, landed at No. 1 on USA TODAY's best-seller list last year.

4. Yours for Eternity by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis (Blue Rider Press, non-fiction, on sale June 17)

What it's about: This "Death Row" love story includes letters between the now-released Echols, of the West Memphis Three, and the landscape architect who married him.

The buzz: A "tender and unusual narrative," says Kirkus Reviews.

5. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner (Atria, fiction, on sale June 17)

What it's about: A multitasking mother finds the painkillers that helped her cope have turned into an addiction.

The buzz: A "page-turning saga about a working mom," says Publishers Weekly.


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