Looking for something interesting to read in your area? USA TODAY Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. Every book is on sale for Tuesday.
1. “I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home,” Jami Attenberg (Ecco)
What it’s about: In this fierce memoir of personal transformation, the author of “All This Could Be Yours” and “The Middlesteins” reflects on the experiences that led her to embrace the creative life and devote herself to her art.
This is the buzz: “Attenberg’s story shines with wit and empathy,” says Publishers Weekly.
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2. “Rise: My Story,”Lindsey Vonn (Dey Street nonfiction)
What it’s about:Olympic ski racer, gold medalist, shares her story of athletic success, describing the unstoppable drive, sacrifice, and hardships she faced along the way.
This is the buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it a “grittily candid memoir.”
3. “To Paradise,” by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday, fiction)
What it’s about: From the author of the celebrated “A Little Life” comes a new epic spanning three centuries – with a trio of stories set in 1893, 1993 and 2093 – about life, love and the American experiment.
This is the buzz: “Gigantic, strange, exquisite, terrifying, and replete with mystery,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
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4. “Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom,” Carl Bernstein, Henry Holt and Co. (nonfiction).
What it’s about: Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and co-author of “All the President’s Men” recalls his beginnings as an eager teenage newspaper reporter.
This is the buzz: “Admirers of this remarkable journalist will find much to love in this charming account,” says a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
5. “A Thousand Steps,”T. Jefferson Parker (Forge Books fiction).
What it’s about: In 1968 Laguna Beach, California, 16-year-old Matt Anthony’s big sister has gone missing. Matt, a teenager, knows that Matt doesn’t believe her and has even reported another missing girl to the police.
This is the buzz:Publishers Weekly calls it “a thoughtful coming-of-age novel and a portrait of a Southern California town in the throes of substantial societal change.”