In search of something good to read? USA TODAY's Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases.
1. "White Ivy," by Susie Yang (Simon & Schuster, fiction, on sale Nov. 3)
What it’s about: As a teenager, Ivy Lin was a thief and a liar – and in love with Gideon Speyer, the golden son of a rich and politically important family. Her parents send her China, shattering her dreams, but she returns years later, determined to get everything she ever wanted – until a ghost from her past resurfaces.
The buzz: “Yang has created an ambitious and sharp yet believably flawed heroine who will win over any reader. … This is a beguiling and shattering coming-of-age story,” says Publishers Weekly.
2. “To Be a Man,” by Nicole Krauss (Harper, fiction, on sale Nov. 3)
What it’s about: A collection of short fiction from the best-selling author of “The History of Love” exploring what it means to be part of a couple, and the daily lived experiences of men and women.
The buzz: “A tremendous collection from an immensely talented writer,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
3. “The Best of Me,” by David Sedaris (Little, Brown, nonfiction, on sale Nov. 3)
What it’s about: The essayist collects his best stories spanning his career, from previously published volumes and magazine features, for a comprehensive retrospective.
The buzz: “Sedaris’ brilliant knack for observational humor is on full display in this terrific retrospective essay collection,” says a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
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4. “The Russian Pink,” by Matthew Hart (Pegasus, fiction, on sale Nov. 3)
What it’s about: The author of “Diamond” makes his fiction debut with a page-turner about a massive pink gem, worth millions and harboring secrets, that ends up around the neck of Honey Li, the wife of billionaire and U.S. presidential contender Harry Nash.
The buzz: “Top-quality storytelling for thriller fans,” says a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
5. “The Best American Short Stories 2020,” edited by Curtis Sittenfeld (Mariner, fiction, on sale Nov. 3)
What it’s about: A collection of 20 masterful short stories from a diverse array of authors, including T.C. Boyle, Meng Jin, Elizabeth McCracken and Alejandro Puyana.
The buzz: “Outstanding and well worth the read,” says a starred review from Booklist.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 5 books not to miss: Susie Yang’s ‘White Ivy,’ Nicole Krauss stories