USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books in her New and Noteworthy column.
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.