USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books in her “New and Noteworthy” column:
1. Glass Houses by Louise Penny (Minotaur, fiction, on sale Aug. 29)
- What it’s about: In the latest Chief Inspector Gamache mystery, Three Pines is unsettled by the discovery of a body.
- The buzz: Penny’s fan base continues to grow: A Great Reckoning hit No. 3 last year on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list, her best showing ever.
2. All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler (Bloomsbury, fiction, on sale Aug. 29)
- What it’s about: Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) writes a novel about a teenage boy obsessed with sex.
- The buzz: “Raw, authentic,” says Kirkus Reviews.
3. The Right Time by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, fiction, on sale Aug. 29)
- What it’s about: A young woman leads a secret life as a mystery writer, using a male pseudonym.
- The buzz: Steel has had 80 USA TODAY best sellers.
4. No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life by Chris Jericho (Da Capo, non-fiction, on sale Aug. 29)
- What it’s about: The wrestler/musician shares principles that have helped him find success.
- The buzz: Spelling may not be Jericho’s strong suit, but this is his fourth book.
5. The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (Norton, fiction, on sale Aug. 29)
- What it’s about: Two close female friends grow apart as adolescence brings changes to their lives.
- The buzz: “Haunting and emotionally gripping,” says Publishers Weekly.