USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week:

1. Mad Hatters and March Hares, edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor, fiction, on sale Dec. 12)

  • What it’s about: A collection of new stories inspired by Lewis Carroll’s psychedelic 19th century classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  • The buzz: Datlow, a Hugo Award winner for editing, has drawn in fantasy/sci-fi contributors including Seanan McGuire, Jane Yolen and Catherynne M. Valente.

2. We’ll Sleep When We’re Old by Pino Corrias (Atria, fiction, on sale Dec. 12)

  • What it’s about: The famed president of a film company goes missing in Rome after his villa goes up in flames; by an Italian journalist.
  • The buzz: “Corrias’ first novel casts a dazzling spotlight on the corrupt world of Rome’s contemporary movie aristocracy,” says Library Journal.

3. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert (Crooked Lane, fiction, on sale Dec. 12)

  • What it’s about: A public librarian’s quiet new life in a Virginia mountain town is upended by an attractive new neighbor — and murders past and present.
  • The buzz: This is the debut “Blue Ridge Library Mystery” by Gilbert, herself a librarian. “Captivating,” says Publishers Weekly.

4. Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A.N. Wilson (Harper, non-fiction, on sale Dec. 12)

  • What it’s about: New biography offers a “reappraisal” of the scientist who developed the theory of evolution.
  • The buzz: “Illuminating,” says Kirkus Reviews.

5. The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien (Little, Brown, non-fiction, on sale Dec. 12)

  • What it’s about: In this memoir, the author recounts her harrowing childhood in post-World War II France, raised by survivalist parents who kept her isolated and subjected her to cruel drills designed to “eliminate weakness.”
  • The buzz: “A dark, moving, and thoughtfully rendered story,” says Publishers Weekly.