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3 hot new books: Alice Marie Johnson memoir, Thomas Harris’ new psychopath, border fiction

Inspiring ‘After Life’ has a forward by Kim Kardashian West, Hannibal Lecter creator is back after 13 years, and Oscar Casares takes on immigration.

Alice Marie Johnson.
Alice Marie Johnson.
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Here’s a quick rundown on three of the hottest new book releases.

‘After Life’ by Alice Marie Johnson

(Harper, nonfiction, $26.99)

What it’s about: The true story of the woman who, thanks in part to the advocacy of Kim Kardashian West, had her life sentence for nonviolent drug trafficking commuted in 2018, “After Life” is an inspiring memoir of faith, hope and prison reform, with a forward by Kardashian West.

The buzz: “After Life” promises a behind-the-scenes account.

‘Cari Mora’ by Thomas Harris

(Grand Central Publishing, fiction, $29)

What it’s about: “The Silence of the Lambs” author Thomas Harris is back with new murderous psychopath Hans-Peter Schneider, who abducts young women and surgically removes their vital organs to sell to rich international clients.

The buzz: This is Harris’ first book in 13 years. A new psychopath from the mind that created Hannibal Lecter is something to look forward to.

‘Where We Come From’ by Oscar Casares

(Knopf, fiction, $25.95)

What it’s about: After his mother’s sudden death, 12-year-old Orly is sent to spend the summer with his aunt ion the Texas border, where he finds his aunt’s house turned into a way station for coyotes moving immigrants across the border.

The buzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews says the book “delivers a truly timeless emotional punch.”

Read more at USA Today.