USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.
1. A Column of Fire by Ken Follett (Viking, fiction, on sale Sept. 12)
What it’s about: In 16th century England torn by strife, Queen Elizabeth I establishes a secret service, as two lovers (one who works for the queen) remain separated by religious differences.
The buzz: Follett continues the “Knightsbridge” historical saga begun with the best sellers The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.
2. Unstoppable: My Life So Far by Maria Sharapova (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, non-fiction, on sale Sept. 12)
What it’s about: A memoir by the tennis star, who has mounted a comeback since being suspended for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium (she lost in the fourth round at the U.S. Open).
The buzz: “Insightful,” says Publishers Weekly.
Tennis Channel recaps the opening day at the U.S. Open, which saw Maria Sharapova oust No. 2 seed Simona Halep in her first Grand Slam match since serving a 15-month suspension. USA TODAY Sports
3. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (Knopf, fiction, on sale Sept. 12)
What it’s about: Imprisoned punk hacker Lisbeth Salander returns to expose dark truths from her childhood with the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the latest entry in the best-selling Millennium series begun by the late Stieg Larsson.
The buzz: Lagercrantz will do a USA TODAY #BookmarkThis Facebook Live chat with fans Sept. 22 at noon ET/9 a.m. PT.
4. David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones (Crown Archetype, non-fiction, on sale Sept. 12)
What it’s about: This oral history of the rock icon who died in January 2016 at age 69 draws on nearly 200 interviews.
The buzz: “A sweeping, gossipy biography,” says Kirkus Reviews.
Here are seven ways to remember David Bowie on the one year anniversary of his death. USA TODAY NETWORK
5. Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Mulholland Books, fiction, on sale Sept. 12)
What it’s about: A black Texas Ranger gets caught up in a racially charged murder case in this launch of a new series.
The buzz: “Absorbing,” says Publishers Weekly.