5 new books with buzz, including Nora Roberts’ latest, Anna Burns’ Booker winner
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“Of Blood and Bone: Chronicles of The One, Book 2” by Nora Roberts
What it’s about: In Book 2 in a best-selling apocalyptic series, young heroine Fallon Swift undertakes warrior training and moves closer to the day when her identity as The One will be revealed.
The buzz: “A mesmerizing follow-up that is bold and breathtaking,” says Kirkus Reviews.
“Milkman” by Anna Burns
What it’s about: In 1970s Northern Ireland, an 18-year-old girl is pursued by an older man (known as Milkman) with ties to a paramilitary group.
The buzz: Burns’ novel won Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize. Now, it gets a U.S. publication.
“All That Heaven Allows” by Mark Griffin
What it’s about: A biography of actor Rock Hudson, who lit up screens with co-stars such as Doris Day and Elizabeth Taylor but hid his homosexuality and died of AIDS in 1985.
The buzz: “Film fans will find Griffin’s book an informative piece of scholarship,” says Publishers Weekly.
“The Dakota Winters” by Tom Barbash
What it’s about: In this imagined family saga set in 1980 in New York City’s Dakota building, a young man tries to help his father revive his TV career while mingling with famous folks like John Lennon.
The buzz: It’s an Indie Next Pick of independent booksellers.
“Never Grow Up” by Jackie Chan
What it’s about: Memoir by the popular, Hong Kong-born actor/stuntman/singer.
The buzz: Chan has starred in such hits as the “Rush Hour” films, “Shanghai Noon,” “The Karate Kid” and the “Kung Fu Panda” animated films.