In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases.
1. “Party of Two,” by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley, fiction, on sale June 23)
What it’s about: Romance is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s to-do list when she moves to L.A. to open her own law firm – that is, until she meets Max Powell, a senator. But can their budding love survive the media scrutiny that comes with dating a politician?
The buzz: “Guillory will win you over with this fantastic new rom-com,” says Bustle.
2. “The Girl From Widow Hills,”by Megan Miranda (Simon & Schuster, fiction, on sale June 23)
What it’s about: Arden Maynor became the famous “girl from Widow Hills” when a storm swept her away as a child and she was found alive days later, clinging to a storm drain. She grows up, leaves town and changes her name, but 20 years later she’s about to become the center of the story again.
The buzz: “Psychological thriller fans will enjoy the ride,” says Publishers Weekly.
3. “The Last Flight,” by Julie Clark (Sourcebooks Landmark, fiction, on sale June 23)
What it’s about: Two women desperate to escape their troubled lives temporarily switch identities at an airport bar – Claire taking Eva’s flight to Oakland, California, and Eva taking Claire’s flight to Puerto Rico – each hoping the swap will give them a head start on a new life. But what happens when one of the planes goes down?
The buzz: “A tense and engaging womancentric thriller,” says a starred review on Kirkus Reviews.
4. “The Mist,” by Ragnar Jónasson (St. Martin’s, fiction, on sale June 23)
What it’s about: The third and final installment in the Hidden Iceland crime-fiction series featuring Reykjavik detective Hulda Hermannsdóttir, who’s assigned to reopen the case of a missing girl unlikely to have a happy ending.
The buzz: “Fans of dark crime fiction that doesn’t pull punches will be amply rewarded,” says a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
5. “Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture,” by Emma Dabiri (Harper Perennial, nonfiction, on sale June 23)
What it’s about: Black hair is more than just hair. Dabiri takes readers on a journey both personal and historical in an essay collection that gets to the heart of how Black hair has been stigmatized, appropriated and erased, and is a gateway to discrimination.
The buzz: “Sure to become the definitive book on the politics, culture, and economics of black hair,” says a starred review in Kirkus Reviews.
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