Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine Books, $28.99) — The bestselling author (The Storyteller) tackles multiple sides of racism in her latest novel, which was inspired by a true story. Ruth, an African-American nurse, is instructed not to touch the newborn son of a white supremacist couple, but when the baby dies, the blame — and a murder charge — falls on Ruth. The story is told from three points of view: Ruth’s, her public defender’s and the baby’s father.
▪ The Girl From Venice by Martin Cruz Smith (Simon & Schuster, $27) — The award-winning author (Gorky Park) offers a standalone historical novel that’s part mystery and thriller and all love story set in Italy during the last days of World War II. Cenzo, a fisherman in occupied Venice, finds a girl’s body floating in a lagoon. But she’s not dead. Giulia, a teenage aristocratic Jew whose parents were murdered, is on the run from the Nazis — and Cenzo is determined to help her.
▪ The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot (William Morrow, $25.99) — The bestselling author presents the fourth book in her “Boy” series — told in journal missives, emails, texts and a few other unique ways. Becky helps seniors cut the clutter and relocate. Reed is a pro golfer who’s back in Bloomville, Ind., after a 10-year absence. Becky and Reed were high school sweethearts, who did not break up cute. Now that fate has thrown them together again, what’s next?
Texas author Clint Emerson, a retired Navy SEAL, will talk about and sign his new book, 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway; 214-739-1124. This is the follow-up to 100 Deadly Skills.