“In Love” by Bloom, “Booth” by Karen Joy Fowler

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Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY Barbara VanDenburgh scour the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books go on sale Tuesday.

1. “Cabin”, by Karen Joy Fowler (GP Putnam’s Sons, fiction)

What is it about : The PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” returns with a novel about the family behind one of the most notorious figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth. This snapshot of a troubled family in a country in flux promises a stark glimpse into our current moment.

The buzz: “The similarities to today are fascinating and frightening,” says a star-studded review for Kirkus Reviews.

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2. “In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss”, by Amy Bloom (Random House, non-fiction)

What is it about : Bloom’s life and that of her husband, Brian, changed forever when an MRI confirmed the worst: Brian had Alzheimer’s disease. The couple then made the decision to go to Dignitas, an assisted dying facility in Switzerland.

The buzz: “Rarely has a memoir about death been so full of life,” says a ★★★★ review (out of four) for USA TODAY.

3. “Reading Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times,” by Azar Nafisi (Dey Street, non-fiction)

What is it about : The author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran” returns with a book that defends the power of literature to guide and galvanize in controversial political times.

The buzz: “This excellent collection provokes and inspires at every turn,” says a star-studded review from Publishers Weekly.

4. “Refusing to be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts,” by Matt Bell (Soho, non-fiction)

What is it about : We all have a book inside of us, and novelist Bell (“Appleseed,” “Scrapper”) wants to help you write it with this accessible and encouraging crafting book offering helpful techniques for every step of the process.

The buzz: “Aspiring novelists, take note,” says Publishers Weekly, calling him an “encouraging guide.”

5. “I don’t know hard”, by Eli Cranor (Soho Crime, fiction)

What is it about : Billy Lowe is the star running back for the Denton, Arkansas high school football team. When his troubled home life drives him to action on the field, head coach Trent Powers is determined to save him. Think “Friday Night Lights” with a Southern Gothic twist.

The buzz:Publishers Weekly called it a “striking debut” and said, “Readers will be curious to see what Cranor does next.”

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