USA TODAY’s Sarah Day Owen scopes out some of the hottest releases on sale this week:
“Daughter of Moloka’i,” by Alan Brennert (St. Martin’s Press, fiction, on sale Feb. 19)
What it’s about: The sequel to “Moloka’i,” a book released 15 years ago about characters living in a leprosy settlement in Hawaii. Ruth, the biological daughter of lepers, is adopted by a Japanese family who move to Northern California in the 1920s. Coming of age during the Great Depression, she and her family are forced into internment camps.
The buzz: Booklist says “A historically solid, ultimately hopeful novel about injustice, survival, and unbreakable family bonds. Expect high demand.”
“The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls,” by Anissa Gray (Berkley, fiction, on sale Feb. 19)
What it’s about: A story of a family after the shocking arrest of the eldest sister. As her two sisters return to the house they grew up in to await the trial, they must care for her twin daughters.
The buzz: Publishers Weekly says “This is perfect for fans of Brit Bennett’s “The Mothers”; readers will be deeply affected by this story of a family wrestling to support itself. “
“Landfall,” by Thomas Mallon (Pantheon, fiction, on sale Feb. 19)
What it’s about: A fictionalized account of real-life politics, set in George W. Bush’s second term. Readers will encounter familiar Bush administration figures in his novel, as well as the crises of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War. Mallon previously wrote fictionalized accounts of the Reagan years in “Finale” and a Watergate novel.
The buzz: In a starred review on Kirkus Reviews, they say “Marvelously detailed, often darkly funny, as informative as it is entertaining.”
“The Art of Dying Well,” by Katy Butler (Scribner, nonfiction, on sale Feb. 19)
What it’s about: After watching her father decline in health before his passing in her previous book, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” the author writes in her new book about a commonsense path to define what a “good” death looks like for oneself, and setting about a plan to achieve it. The book includes guidance on physical and emotional preparation and the author’s guidance on navigating the health care system, spanning from building reserves for aging during 50s and 60s to end-of-life years.
The buzz: Publishers Weekly says “Her reasonable, down-to-earth tone makes for an effective preparatory guide to the permanent holiday upon which everyone eventually embarks.”
“Never Tell,” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton, fiction, on sale Feb. 19)
What it’s about: In the next in the Detective D.D. Warren series (the first in the series, “Alone,” was a No.1 USA TODAY best-selling book), the pregnant wife of a murdered man is found holding the gun – and it’s a familiar face involved with a long-ago case that was ruled an accidental shooting.
The buzz: “As readers unravel secrets that tie these two murders together, Gardner questions how well anyone can truly know spouses and families,” Publishers Weekly says.
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