Books: New and noteworthy

 

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

1. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (Riverhead, fiction, on sale May 31)

What it’s about: Life gets complicated for former band mates in trendy Brooklyn when their kids grow up and start sleeping together; from the author of The Vacationers.

The buzz: It’s an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. “The ultimate literary beach read,” says Alexis Jason-Mathews of Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C.

2. Food and the City by Ina Yalof (Putnam, non-fiction, on sale May 31)

What it’s about: The author surveys the New York food scene and talks to restaurateurs, street vendors, chefs and bakers such as Dominique Ansel of Cronut fame.

The buzz: “Fans of food memoirs and essays are sure to enjoy,” says Library Journal.

3. The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow, non-fiction, on sale May 31)

What it’s about: Compiles non-fiction writings by the author (Neverwhere, American Gods) on such topics as his favorite writers, Doctor Who and the importance of libraries.

The buzz: Gaiman’s many USA TODAY best sellers include the fantasy The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which hit No. 6 in 2013.

4. Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter (Grand Central, non-fiction, on sale May 31)

What it’s about: The micro-pig the authors thought they were adopting has grown to a 600-pounder, but they love her anyway, and when she got too big for their home they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary.

The buzz: This Miss Piggy has quite the social media following.

5. A Hero of France by Alan Furst (Random House, fiction, on sale May 31)

What it’s about: In this thriller set in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance helps downed British airman escape to England.

The buzz: “Deliriously atmospheric…soaked in danger,” says Booklist.

 
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