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.
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To see what everyone else is reading, check out the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list for this week’s best sellers.
‘Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis’
By Beth Macy (Little, Brown, nonfiction)
What it’s about: From the author of “Dopesick” comes a new report from the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, taking readers into the hardest-hit places in the US to reveal the scope of a national health crisis.
The buzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it “a profoundly disconcerting book that, with luck, will inspire reform to aid the dopesick and punish their suppliers.”
‘Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club’
By Roselle Lim (Berkley, fiction)
What it’s about: Professional matchmaker Sophie Go’s career hits the skids when it’s revealed she never actually graduated from matchmaking school. A desperate search for clients leads her to her hardest challenge yet: finding matches for the Old Ducks, a group of seven septuagenarian Chinese bachelors who never found love.
The buzz: “Personality quirks are embraced in this delightful story about seeking – and finding – love even if you need help along the way,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
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‘All the Living and the Dead’
By Hayley Campbell (St. Martin’s Press, nonfiction)
What it’s about: Subtitled “From Embalmers to Executioners, an Exploration of the People Who Have Made Death Their Life’s Work,” Campbell’s book digs deep into the death industry and the people who gravitate toward it.
The buzz: “This is a vivid and open-minded look at a taboo topic,” says Publishers Weekly.
By Dur e Aziz Amna (Arcade, fiction)
What it’s about: Sixteen-year-old exchange student Hira finds herself torn between two worlds when she leaves Pakistan for rural Oregon. The already-memorable experience becomes even more profound when she receives a surprising medical diagnosis.
The buzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it “a smart, charming debut.”
By Olaf Olafsson (Ecco, fiction)
What it’s about: Kristofer spirals when the pandemic hits and he is forced to close his successful restaurant. But a message from a long-ago woman draws him back into a love story he thought was over.
The buzz:Publishers Weekly calls it “an affecting story about the sway one’s past can hold on the present.”
‘The Family Remains’:Lisa Jewell’s latest novel thrills with murder and mayhem