USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week in her New and Noteworthy column:
1. Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine, fiction, on sale Aug. 8)
- What it’s about: A woman looking for a fresh start wanders into a church and strikes up a friendship, and maybe more, with the lonely pastor, until her troubled younger brother shows up and threatens her newfound happiness.
- The buzz: The prolific romance writer is a stalwart on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.
2. Rescued from ISIS by Dimitri Bontinck (St. Martin’s Press, non-fiction, on sale Aug. 8)
- What it’s about: Bontinck, a former soldier in the Belgian army, tells the true story of rescuing his teenage son, who, after becoming radicalized, joined ISIS and disappeared into Syria.
- The buzz: “A loving and revealing tribute to the father-son bond,” says Publishers Weekly in a starred review.
3. Barely Legal by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall (Putnam, fiction, on sale Aug. 8)
- What it’s about: Manhattan attorney Herbie Fisher, Stone Barrington’s protégé, gets a starring role and a chance to be a hero in this adventure involving loan sharks and mobsters.
- The buzz: “A fast-moving tale with a light touch,” says Booklist.
4. The Locals by Jonathan Dee (Random House, fiction, on sale Aug. 8)
- What it’s about: Post 9/11, the residents of a working-class town in the Berkshires become disillusioned after they elect a New York hedge fund millionaire as mayor and he runs amok.
- The buzz: “An absorbing panorama of small-town life and a study of democracy in miniature,” says Kirkus Reviews.
5. The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris by Tom Sancton (Dutton, non-fiction, on sale Aug. 8)
- What it’s about: Covers the headline-making court case over L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt (now aged 94 and worth more than $40 billion) and who would inherit her fortune.
- The buzz: “A natural for book clubs … (with) an unbelievable cast of characters,” says Booklist.