Prince Harry’s ‘Spare,’ Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Hell Bent: 5 new books
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.
For more must-read book recommendations, check out the 20 books we can’t wait to read this winter, including Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare,” Salman Rushdie’s “Victory City” and Colleen Hoover’s latest; our favorite books of 2022 that received perfect four-star reviews; and the juiciest celebrity memoirs released last year from Matthew Perry, Tom Felton, William Shatner, Jennette McCurdy and more.
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Prince Harry’s memoir ‘Spare’:His relationship with Prince William, more to know ahead of release
By Prince Harry (Random House, nonfiction)
What it’s about: Rarely does a book have us hooked with just its title, but Prince Harry’s evocatively titled memoir, an apparent reference to his being the royal family’s “spare” heir, promises to be a scintillating personal account.
The buzz: The book has been kept under lock and key, but in an interview with Anderson Cooper for “60 Minutes” last week, Prince Harry said, “When we’re being told for the last six years, ‘We can’t put a statement out to protect you.’ But you do it for other members of the family… There becomes a point when silence is betrayal.”
By Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron, fiction)
What it’s about: The second book in the author’s Alex Stern series and sequel to “Ninth House” finds Stern determined to break Darlington out of purgatory even as she uncovers secrets about Yale’s secret magical societies that could cost her dearly.
The buzz: “Well-drawn characters introduce the criminal underworld to the occult kind in a breathless and compelling plot,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
By Paul Auster; photographs by Spencer Ostrander (Grove, nonfiction)
What it’s about: Auster explores the history of American gun use and abuse, from violent Native American displacement through modern-day mass shootings, with the book’s text interspersed with photographs of the sites of those mass shootings.
The buzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it “a harrowing, haunting reflection on the routine slaughter wrought by guns.”
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‘In the Upper Country’
By Kai Thomas (Viking, fiction)
What it’s about: The fates of two women intertwine in 1800s Canada, at the terminus of the Underground Railroad populated by people fleeing enslavement, their stories revealing the interwoven histories of Black and Indigenous peoples in North America.
The buzz: “At once intimate and majestic, Thomas’s ambitious work heralds a bright new voice,” says a starred review for Publishers Weekly.
By Laura Zigman (Ecco, fiction)
What it’s about: Newly divorced sisters Joyce and Lydia move in together for the first time as adults. But instead of bringing them together, their cohabitation starts to pull them apart, forcing them to acknowledge and heal painful old family wounds.
The buzz:Kirkus Reviews calls it “a compassionate, often funny examination of shared family grief and love.”