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.