USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week:
1. Dark in Death by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Press, fiction, on sale Jan. 30)
- What it’s about: After a woman is stabbed during a screening of Psycho in New York City, a novelist tells Lt. Eve Dallas that she recognizes the crime from the pages of her own book.
- The buzz: Secrets in Death, the last book in Robb’s futuristic suspense series, made its debut at No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list in September. (Robb is a pseudonym for Nora Roberts, who has had her share of No. 1 hits, too.)
2. Brave by Rose McGowan (HarperOne, non-fiction, on sale Jan. 30)
- What it’s about: One of the original whistleblowers in the Hollywood sexual harassment and misconduct scandal writes a memoir about her experiences in the industry.
- The buzz: The book arrives the same day Citizen Rose, McGowan’s documentary series on E!, begins with a two-hour special (8 p.m. ET/PT).
3. Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, fiction, on sale Jan. 30)
- What it’s about: Louisa Clark has survived (barely) the loss of beloved Will Traynor and found solace with “Ambulance Sam” in England, but can her new relationship survive Lou’s job opportunity with high-society types in New York?
- The buzz: This is the latest adventure for Moyes’ heroine, who also starred in the best sellers Me Before You (which became a movie) and its sequel, After You.
4. That’s What She Said by Joanne Lipman (William Morrow, non-fiction, on sale Jan. 30)
- What it’s about: Examines the gender gap in the workplace, and finds that women still lag far behind men.
- The buzz: Lipman, former editor in chief of USA TODAY, will do a #BookmarkThis Facebook Live chat Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
5. Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance by Mark Whitaker (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, on sale Jan. 30)
- What it’s about: A history of the explosion of black culture in the 1920s-1950s in an unlikely place — Pittsburgh.
- The buzz: “Informative and illuminating,” says Publishers Weekly.