4“The Li­brary Book” 5“The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Cre­ated”

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - BOOKS -

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.

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