“Summer Place” by Jennifer Weiner, “Star Wars: Brotherhood”: 5 new books


Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY Barbara VanDenburgh scour the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books go on sale Tuesday.

1. “The Summer Place”, by Jennifer Weiner (Atria, fiction)

What is it about : From the master of the summer beach, read the story of a family in all their messy glory forced to come to terms with their problems – secrets, misunderstandings, regrets and unhealed wounds – as a beach house wedding on Cape Cod looms.

The buzz: “This captivating novel will appeal to its legions of fans,” says Publishers Weekly.

2. “Star Wars: Brotherhood”, by Mike Chen (Del Rey, fiction)

What is it about : Set right after the events of “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones,” “Brotherhood” finds Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker investigating a devastating explosion on Cato Neimoidia. As peace hangs in the balance, the contentious master and apprentice must stand together as brothers.

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The buzz: A longtime science fiction author and connoisseur of geek culture, Chen is thrilled to be part of the “Star Wars” canon. “Very surreal to be holding a @delreystarwars book with my name on it. I grew up in the 80s with original trilogy toys and PC games like Dark Forces and X-Wing in the 90s so Star Wars is in my blood,” he wrote in an Instagram post.

3. “Her Country: How Women in Country Music Became the Hit They Were Never Meant To Be,” by Marissa R. Moss (Henry Holt, non-fiction)

What is it about : Veteran from Nashville, Tennessee, journalist Moss tells the inside story of the last two decades of women in country music and how artists like Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton and Kacey Musgraves carved their way to stardom in a traditional boys club .

The buzz: “The author’s reporting and storytelling shines as brightly as his subjects,” says a star-studded review from Kirkus Reviews.

4. “First time for everything”, by Henry Fry (Ballantine, fiction)

What is it about : After losing his boyfriend and his flat, newly single Danny Scudd is forced to move in with his childhood best friend, a non-binary entertainer with a “commune” of eccentric East Londoners who helps Danny navigate modern queer life.

The buzz: A star-studded review from Kirkus Reviews says this “queer coming-of-age story told with humor, tenderness, and quirkiness” is an “entertaining, quick read.”

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5. “Born to Hang: The Epic Story of the Gentlemen Pirates Who Plundered the South Seas, Rescued a Princess and Stole a Fortune”, by Keith Thomson (Little, Brown and Company, documentary)

What is it about : This swashbuckling tale chronicles a two-year-old 17th-century pirate raid along the Pacific coast, with more than 300 dastardly buccaneers in search of Spanish gold.

The buzz: “Readers will be swept away by this fast-paced and entertaining adventure story,” says Publishers Weekly.


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