USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books in her “New and Noteworthy” column:
1. Y Is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton (Marion Wood/Putnam, fiction, on sale Aug. 22)
- What it’s about: In the penultimate book in Grafton’s Alphabet Mystery series, P.I. Kinsey Millhone is called into a case involving the murder of a girl at an elite private school.
- The buzz: “Masterful … Prime Grafton,” says Booklist.
2. My First Coach: Inspiring Stories of NFL Quarterbacks and Their Dads by Gary Myers (Grand Central, non-fiction, on sale Aug. 22)
- What it’s about: Looks at the strong relationships that NFL quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Eli and Peyton Manning have with their dads.
- The buzz: Football fans jonesing for the new season can limber up with this title.
3. The Room of White Fire by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam, fiction, on sale Aug. 22)
- What it’s about: Parker launches a brand-new series with this thriller about a private detective named Roland Ford on the hunt for an escapee from a mental institution.
- The buzz: “Excellent,” says Publishers Weekly.
4. Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame by Michael Kodas (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, non-fiction, on sale Aug. 22)
- What it’s about: A journalist charts the phenomenon of huge, devastating forest fires and those who fight them.
- The buzz: This well-timed book arrives on the heels of headline-making wildfires this summer in Europe.
5. To Siri With Love by Judith Newman (Harper, non-fiction, on sale Aug. 22)
- What it’s about: Author tells the story of how her 13-year-old autistic son is helped by Siri, Apple’s digital personal assistant.
- The buzz: Written with “wit, humor, and effervescent honesty,” says Kirkus Reviews.