4“The Library Book” 5“The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created”
by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster, nonfiction, on sale Tuesday)
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The author of “The Orchid Thief” tells the story of the devastating 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library, which destroyed or damaged more than 1 million books. THE BUZZ: A “riveting mix of true crime, history, biography, and immersion journalism,” says Booklist. by Jane Leavy (Harper, nonfiction, on sale Tuesday)
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: With the World Series around the corner, the time seems right for a bio of the Babe, arguably the game’s biggest star ever.
THE BUZZ: A “sparkling, exemplary sports biography, shedding new light on a storied figure in baseball history,” says Kirkus Reviews.