In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books are on sale Tuesday.
1. “I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home,” by Jami Attenberg (Ecco, nonfiction)
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.
The buzz: “Attenberg’s story shines with wit and empathy,” says Publishers Weekly.
2. “Rise: My Story,” by Lindsey Vonn (Dey Street, nonfiction)
What it’s about: The celebrated Olympic ski racer and gold medalist shares her journey to athletic greatness, detailing the relentless drive, personal sacrifice and hardships along the way.
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.
The buzz: “Gigantic, strange, exquisite, terrifying, and replete with mystery,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
Rom-com roundup:‘Weather Girl,’ ‘Lucky Leap Day’ top January reading list
4. “Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom,” by 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.
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,” by 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. The cops mark her for a runaway hippie, but Matt knows better, especially after another missing girl is found dead on the beach.
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.”