USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week:
1. Why Bob Dylan Matters by Richard F. Thomas (Dey Street, non-fiction, on sale Nov. 21)
- What it’s about: A Harvard Classics professor who teaches a freshman seminar on Dylan explains why the folk musician deserved to win the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.
- The buzz: The Dylan books keep coming: Simon & Schuster just released Dylan’s The Nobel Lecture in a gift book format.
2. The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg (Random House, fiction, on sale Nov. 21)
- What it’s about: A widower and a lonely teenage girl become friends after meeting at a cemetery.
- The buzz: It’s an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. “A warm story … (that) demonstrates that all love and kindness have not disappeared,” says Nancy Simpson-Brice of Book Vault in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
3. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, fiction, on sale Nov. 21)
- What it’s about: A kid street magician teams up with some pals to save a sleepy New England town from a crew of crooked carnies.
- The buzz: This is Harris’ debut children’s novel (for ages 8-12). The star of the Netflix series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events also wrote the 2014 “interactive” memoir Choose Your Own Autobiography.
4. Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford (St. Martin’s Press, fiction, on sale Nov. 21)
- What it’s about: The Cavendon series continues in 1949 with a new generation of Inghams and Swanns carrying on scandalously at Cavendon Hall.
- The buzz: This is Bradford’s 32nd novel, dating back to the saga that started it all, her best-selling A Woman of Substance (1979).
5. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books, non-fiction, on sale Nov. 21)
- What it’s about: A biography of the author (1867-1957) of the Little House on the Prairie children’s books, the basis for the popular 1970s TV series.
- The buzz: “A sensitive biography … a vivid portrait of frontier life,” says Kirkus Reviews.