USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week:
1. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press, fiction, on sale Feb. 6)
- What it’s about: The author of the USA TODAY best seller The Nightingale moves from World War II France to 1970s Alaska in this saga about a teenage girl — the daughter of a disturbed Vietnam War POW — who has to grow up in a hurry.
- The buzz: Hannah will do a #BookmarkThis Facebook Live chat with USA TODAY Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
- What it’s about: Billed as an exposé of the “bro” culture that excludes women in Silicon Valley, also the satirical subject of the eponymous HBO series.
- The buzz: Chang anchors the TV show Bloomberg Technology out of San Francisco.
3. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Algonquin, fiction, on sale Feb. 6)
- What it’s about: In Atlanta, newlyweds Roy, an executive, and Celestial, a budding artist, see their lives ripped apart when Roy is convicted of a crime his wife knows he did not commit.
- The buzz: It’s an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. “Jones yanks us into her characters’ lives with a grip that never lets up,” says Angela Maria Spring of Duende District Bookstore in Washington.
4. Only Child by Rhiannon Navin (Knopf, fiction, on sale Feb. 6)
- What it’s about: Inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., this debut novel is told from the point of view of a first-grader who survives a massacre that takes the life of his older brother.
- The buzz: “Gripping … a page-turner,” says Publishers Weekly.
5. Feel Free by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, non-fiction, on sale Feb. 6)
- What it’s about: Essays on pop culture and other hot topics from the British novelist whose books include Swing Time and White Teeth.
- The buzz: “Smith’s observations are timeless,” says Kirkus Reviews.