What should you read this weekend? Here are a few suggestions from USA TODAY's book staff.
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova; Gallery Books, 309 pp., $26; fiction
Lisa Genova's novels ring true. A neuroscientist who worked in research before trying her hand as a novelist, she wisely decided to hang around the world she knows well. Still Alice, her highly acclaimed debut novel, was about a woman battling Alzheimer's.
And now she's written a novel that focuses on one of today's hot-button medical issues -- autism.
Love Anthony revolves around the life of a young boy (Anthony) who dies before he reaches the age of 10, and his family which struggles with the challenges of raising an autistic child. Anyone who has had even a passing contact with an autistic child will relate.
USA TODAY says *** ½ out of four. "Beautifully written and poignant to the point of heartbreak... Try not to weep."
The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin; Doubleday, 352 pp., $28.95; non-fiction
Toobin -- New Yorker staff writer, attorney and CNN analyst -- draws on first-hand interviews with the justices and their clerks for this portrait of the court and its relationship with the president.
USA TODAY *** ½. A "polished and thoughtful dissection of the current Court."
My American Revolution by Robert Sullivan; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 259 pp., $26; non-fiction
Sullivan, who lives in Brooklyn, offers a personal look at less-celebrated landmarks from the American Revolution, visiting forgotten and neglected sites in New York and New Jersey.
USA TODAY says *** ½. "A delightful and quirky history lesson."
Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham; Delacorte, 352 pp., $26, fiction
Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths -- who rivals Lizbeth Slander in guts and determination -- is on the hunt for the killer of a young mother and her daughter in one of Cardiff's rougher neighborhoods.
USA TODAY says ****. "Gritty, compelling."
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke; Harper, 384 pp., $25.99; fiction
A woman who works at a Louisiana plantation where her ancestors were once enslaved gets pulled into finding a murderer.
USA TODAY says ***. "Dripping with southern Gothic atmosphere."
Contributing reviewers: Craig Wilson, Matt Damsker, Bob Minzesheimer and Carol Memmott