USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week in her New and Noteworthy column:
1. Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions by Stephen Colbert (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, on sale Sept. 5)
- What it’s about: New humor book collects “confessions” from the late-night host’s popular TV segment.
- The buzz: Colbert has a proven track record as an author; his 2007 title I Am America (and So Can You!) made it to No. 2 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.
2. Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Press, fiction, on sale Sept. 5)
- What it’s about: In the latest in a long-running futuristic suspense series, Lt. Eve Dallas investigates the murder of an unsavory social-media gossip columnist who was blackmailing A-listers on the side.
- The buzz: An “enjoyable treat for loyal fans and curious new readers alike,” says Booklist.
3. It Takes Two: Our Story by Jonathan and Drew Scott (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, non-fiction, on sale Sept. 5)
- What it’s about: The popular HGTV duo known as the Property Brothers write a memoir in alternating chapters.
- The buzz: The twins teamed up on a previous book project, Dream Home, a best-selling home-improvement guide.
4. Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies by Dick Gregory (Amistad, non-fiction, on sale Sept. 5)
- What it’s about: Looks at key events in the history of black Americans, up through the Black Lives Matter movement.
- The buzz: This final book by the comedian and civil rights activist was completed before he died on Aug. 19 at age 84.
5. The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale Sept. 5)
- What it’s about: Debut novel about brothers who flee Ireland for New York City after stealing money from the IRA, with the 1939 World’s Fair as a backdrop.
- The buzz: It’s an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. “A masterpiece,” says Robert McDonald of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Ill.