Prize-winning authors weigh in with sequels, memoirs, more

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. “Klara and the Sun”

by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, fiction, on sale Tuesday)

What it’s about: From the Nobel Prize-winning author of “Never Let Me Go” and “The Remains of the Day” comes a new story told from the perspectiv­e of Klara, an Artificial Friend who watches the world from her place in the store, hopeful that someone will choose her.

The buzz: “A haunting fable of a lonely, moribund world that is entirely too plausible,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

2. “The Committed”

by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove, fiction, on sale Tuesday)

What it’s about: This sequel to Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Sympathize­r” follows its spy protagonis­t to Paris in the 1980s with his brother Bon, where the two deal drugs and are roped into Paris’ criminal underworld.

The buzz: “Readers who found new ways to think about race and the refugee experience in ‘The Sympathize­r’ will find plenty more to explore here,” says a ★★★☆ review for USA TODAY.

3. “Infinite Country”

by Patricia Engel (Avid Reader Press, fiction, on sale Tuesday )

What it’s about: A girl being held at an adolescent correction­al facility in the mountains of Colombia must break free before she misses her flight to the United States and her only chance to be reunited with her family.

The buzz: “Attention, TV and movie people: This story is made for the screen,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

4. “The Soul of a Woman”

by Isabel Allende (Ballantine, nonfiction, on sale Tuesday)

What it’s about: The author of “A Long Petal of the Sea” and “The House of Spirits” offers a meditation on feminism and what it means to be a woman.

The buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it a “pithy, upbeat memoir by a self-described romantic feminist.”

5. “Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage”

by Anne Lamott (Riverhead, nonfiction, on sale Tuesday)

What it’s about: The bestsellin­g author of “Help, Thanks, Wow” returns with an inspiring guide to restoring hope and joy in the midst of suffering, drawing from her own life experience.

The buzz: “Lamott’s many fans will enjoy this ode to relishing small things,” says a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

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