USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week:
1. The Midnight Line by Lee Child (Delacorte, fiction, on sale Nov. 7)
- What it’s about: The discovery of a West Point 2005 ring in a pawn stop leads Jack Reacher on a hunt for the female cadet who left it and onto a larger conspiracy.
- The buzz: Last November, Child’s Reacher novel Night School made its debut on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list at No. 1.
2. What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather (Algonquin, non-fiction, on sale Nov. 7)
- What it’s about: Essays by the journalist (written with Elliot Kirschner) about the values we share as Americans.
- The buzz: “A full-throated celebration of the national spirit,” says Kirkus Reviews.
3. You Can’t Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen (Penguin Press, fiction, on sale Nov. 7)
- What it’s about: This “So-Called Parody” is “written” by President Trump reflecting on his “really tremendous” first year in office; Baldwin channels his Saturday Night Live impersonation.
- The buzz: Baldwin will do a #BookmarkThis Facebook Live chat with USA TODAY on Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.
4. The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale Nov. 7)
- What it’s about: This epic (some 800 pages) saga begins in St. Petersburg in 1916 as a genteel young woman with a rebel spirit is about to be caught up in the Russian Revolution.
- The buzz: Fitch’s best-selling 1999 novel White Oleander was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club.
5. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (Crown Archetype, fiction, on sale Nov. 7)
- What it’s about: Abby Williams, an associate at a Chicago environmental law firm, returns to her hometown to investigate Optimal Plastics and to confront troubling questions from her childhood.
- The buzz: Ritter (who stars in Netflix’s Marvel series, Jessica Jones) “makes a triumphant fiction debut with this pulse-pounding thriller,” says Publishers Weekly in a starred review.