Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline (Photo: USA Today)
USA Today scopes out the hottest books on sale the week of April 7.
1. Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin's Press, fiction, on sale April 9)
What it's about: Writing for the first time from a male perspective, Scottoline tells the story of Mike Scanlon, an Army doctor serving in Afghanistan who faces devastating losses back home.
The buzz: Scottoline's thrillers have been hits on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, with seven cracking the top 25. "Effectively tugs at the emotions... (Mike's) journey to make peace with himself and be a father to his daughter will resonate with many readers," Publishers Weekly says of Scottoline's latest.
2. My Way by Paul Anka with David Dalton (St. Martin's Press, non-fiction, on sale April 9)
What it's about: The singer (Puppy Love) tells his life story, from his days as a teen idol, to hanging with the Rat Pack and writing the lyrics for Sinatra's anthem, My Way.
The buzz: Arrives the same day as Anka's new CD Duets, featuring collaborations with Chris Botti, Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Tom Jones and others.
3. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead, fiction, on sale April 9)
What it's about: Follows the lives of six teenagers who become lifelong friends, beginning at a summer camp for the artistically gifted; by the author of The Uncoupling.
The buzz: "Ambitious and involving, capturing the zeitgeist of the liberal intelligentsia of the era," says Kirkus Reviews.
4. The Lost Daughter by Mary Williams (Blue Rider Press, non-fiction, on sale April 9)
What it's about: A memoir about reconnecting with her birth family, by the daughter of Black Panthers who was adopted as a 16-year-old by actress Jane Fonda.
The buzz: Sports a blurb from Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love): "The Lost Daughter is an extraordinary memoir. In fact, this is exactly the kind of story for which memoir was born."
5. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life by Rod Dreher (Grand Central, non-fiction, on sale April 9)
What it's about: After Dehrer's sister learned she had cancer, he and his family decided to leave Philadelphia and move back to his hometown in Louisiana to reconnect with his roots.
The buzz: Elizabeth Gilbert is a fan of this memoir too, offering this blurb: "If you are not prepared to cry, to learn, and to have your heart cracked open even a little bit by a true story of love, surrender, sacrifice, and family, then please do not read this book. Otherwise, do your soul a favor, and listen carefully to the unforgettable lessons of Ruthie Leming."
By Jocelyn McClurg