USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.
1. Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Press, fiction, on sale Sept. 4)
What it’s about: In the 47th book in a series, Lt. Eve Dallas investigates the coerced suicide bombing of a Wall Street executive.
The buzz: “Dark in Death,” the last book in this futuristic suspense franchise, made its debut at No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list in February. (Robb is a pseudonym for Nora Roberts.)
2. “Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Grove Press, nonfiction, on sale Sept. 4)
What it’s about: A coming-of-age memoir by the daughter of artist Chrisann Brennan and Apple founder Steve Jobs; the late Jobs denied paternity (leading to a legal case) before eventually reconciling with Lisa.
The buzz: “Sincere and disquieting,” says Publishers Weekly in a starred review.
3. “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris (Harper, fiction, on sale Sept. 4)
What it’s about: A fictionalized account of the true story of Lale Sokolov, an Auschwitz inmate forced to tattoo numbers on fellow prisoners, and the young woman he fell in love with there and eventually married.
The buzz: “A powerful, gut-wrenching tale that is hard to shake off,” says Kirkus Reviews.
4. The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King (Abrams, nonfiction, on sale Sept. 4)
What it’s about: A biography of the beloved star of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” who died in 2003.
The buzz: Rogers already has been celebrated once this 50th anniversary year with the well-received documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
More: Mr. Rogers revealed: 5 things we learned from the documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’
5. Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart (Random House, fiction, on sale Sept. 4)
What it’s about: A hedge-fund manager pursued by the SEC flees New York for his college sweetheart in Texas, leaving behind his ambitious wife.
The buzz: It’s an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. “A wickedly funny satire and a rollicking good story for tough times,” says David Enyeart of Common Good Books in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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