Books: New and noteworthy

 

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

1. Exposed by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press, fiction, on sale Aug. 15)

What it’s about: Legal partners Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are pitted against each other in a case involving a man wrongly fired when his daughter’s cancer treatment strains his company’s bottom line.

The buzz: Damaged, the last book in the Rosato & DiNunzio series, hit No. 9 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.

2. Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music by Ann Powers (Dey Street, non-fiction, on sale Aug. 15)

What it’s about: Explores how pop music became an erotic art form, practiced by the likes of Little Richard, Britney Spears and Beyoncé; by NPR’s music critic.

The buzz: “Informative and entertaining,” says Booklist.

3. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, fiction, on sale Aug. 15)

What it’s about: In this psychological thriller by the author of The Couple Next Door, a husband doesn’t know what to believe when his wife claims not to remember being in a car crash.

The buzz: A “diverting page-turner,” says Publishers Weekly.

4. Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, on sale Aug. 15)

What it’s about: The author revisits classics we all loved as children, including works by Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak.

The buzz: “Spirited, perceptive, and just outright funny,” says Publishers Weekly.

5. How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, fiction, on sale Aug. 15)

What it’s about: After her father dies, a woman tries to keep open an English bookshop beloved by the locals in the Cotswolds.

The buzz: “Charming … a light romantic comedy,” says Kirkus Reviews.

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