Diana Gabaldon’s new Outlander book, “These Precious Days” by Ann Patchett
Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh explores the shelves for this week’s hottest new books. All books go on sale November 23.
1. “These precious days”, by Ann Patchett (Harper, documentary)
What is it about : From the revered author of “State of Wonder” and “The Dutch House” comes a collection of essays that turns the writer’s gaze inward to his own experiences.
The buzzing: “An enviable life shared with candor, emotion and breathtaking storytelling power,” says one star review from Kirkus Reviews.
2. “Go tell the bees I’m gone,” by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte Press, fiction)
What is it about : In the ninth book of Gabaldon’s hugely popular Outlander series, Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall are finally reunited with their daughter Brianna – but the American Revolution threatens to tear them apart again.
The buzzing: There aren’t any early reviews, but it’s been seven long years since Outlander’s last novel, “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood,” and the debut of the Starz TV series, making it a staple for kids. fans.
Following: Barnes & Noble booksellers unveil the book of the year
3. “Black artists who shape the world” by Sharna Jackson with Zoé Whitley (Thames & Hudson, documentary)
What is it about : Children’s author Jackson introduces young readers to 26 artists from Africa and African descent, including Barack and Michelle Obama portrait painters Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.
The buzzing: “Offers a wonderful blend of black artists that we all need to know and cherish,” says one star review from Kirkus Reviews.
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4. “Love, lists and fancy ships”, by Sarah Grunder Ruiz (Berkley, fiction)
What is it about : Yacht stewardess Jo Walker tries to complete a list of 30 things she wants to do by her 30th birthday – run a marathon, travel the world, sleep in a castle. But it’s Item # 5 – kissing a stranger – that will change her life forever.
The buzzing: “Readers are sure to fall in love with this heartwarming and touching novel,” says a star-rated Kirkus Reviews reviewer.
5. “Becoming” by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press, fiction)
What is it about : Book 2 of the fantasy series The Dragon Heart Legacy reveals that Breen Siobhan Kelly has returned to the magical kingdom of Talamh and learned to embrace her powers as her outcast grandfather plots to destroy Talamh.
The buzzing: “Roberts’s skills at creating suspense and creating touching relationships really shine. Readers will be eagerly awaiting the final installment, ”says Publishers Weekly.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New Novel ‘Outlander’, Essays by Ann Patchett: 5 Must-See Books