Books: New and noteworthy books – USA Today – USA TODAY
USA TODAYâs Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.
1. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow, fiction, on sale Feb. 21)
What itâs about: A novel that imagines the life of Christina Olson, the handicapped woman in Maine portrayed in Andrew Wyethâs famous 1948 paintingÂ Christinaâs World.
The buzz: This is Klineâs first book since her 2013 historical novel Orphan TrainÂ became a huge sleeper hit.
2. Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale Feb. 20)
What itâs about: The robots have won the âGreat Warâ against humanity (shades of The Terminator), but our heroine, a young woman named Six, refuses to capitulate.
The buzz: Itâs only February, andÂ the prolific Patterson already has had a No. 1 USA TODAY best sellerÂ this year with Never Never (on Jan. 26).
3. High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel (Bloomsbury, non-fiction, on sale Feb. 21)
What itâs about: Looks at the making of the iconic Western starring Gary CooperÂ and the blacklisting of screenwriter Carl Foreman during the McCarthy Era.
The buzz: âHighly readable and fascinating,â says Library Journal.
4. Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach (Random House, fiction, on sale Feb. 21)
What itâs about: Thriller about a young woman who runs off to Paris, only to be lured back home to upstate New York when her twin sister goes missing.
The buzz: âA smart, dazzling mystery with a twist â¦ captivating,â says Publishers Weekly in a starred review.
5. The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her DogÂ by Patricia B. McConnell (Atria, non-fiction, on sale Feb. 21)
What itâs about:Â An animal behaviorist is able to confrontÂ her own childhood abuse through her work with an adorable but troubled border collie puppy.
The buzz: âAn uplifting story of hope,â says Kirkus Reviews.