‘Lapvona’ by Ottessa Moshfegh, Riley Sager, Ed Yong among 5 new books

Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY Barbara VanDenburgh scour the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books go on sale Tuesday.


By Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press, fiction)

What is it about : Little Marek, an abused shepherd and motherless in a disaster-ridden village, is put through a spiritual trial in this grotesque medieval tale from the ruthless author of ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’.

The buzz: “It’s a triumph,” says a star-studded review from Weekly editors.

‘A pure pleasure to read’:Ruth Ozeki wins the women’s award for “Book of Form and Void”

“A Huge World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us”

By Ed Yong (Random House, non-fiction)

What is it about : How do animals perceive our huge world? Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Yong delves into the animal world to show readers how beetles, turtles, bees, fish and giant squid inhabit Earth.

The buzz: “One of the best popular natural stories of the year,” says a starred review from Kirkus magazine.

“The House Across the Lake”

"The house on the other side of the lake," by Riley Sager.

By Riley Sager (Dutton, fiction)

What is it about : Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” serves as the inspiration for Sager’s latest thriller. Trying to escape the bad press, recently widowed actor Casey Fletcher retreats to the family’s Lake Vermont home with a pair of binoculars. But she soon discovers that the couple across the lake aren’t as glamorous as they seem.

The buzz: A opinion followed of Publishers Weekly calls it “an exceptional suspense novel”.

“Learning to speak: stories”

By Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt and Co., fiction)

What is it about : The Booker Prize-winning author from the trilogy Wolf Hall writes a new collection of poignant and vaguely autobiographical stories reflecting his childhood in an English island village.

The buzz: Kirkus Reviews praises these “sharp and sentimentless accounts of a writer haunted by her past” in a opinion followed.

“The mirror and the light”:Hilary Mantel ends the Cromwell trilogy in style

“In rotation”

By Shirlene Obuobi (Avon, fiction)

What is it about : Ghanaian-American Angela Appiah is a model immigrant girl, with a place at an elite medical school and an enviable boyfriend. But when she fails a test, gets dumped, and starts falling for the wrong guy, will she lose her parents’ strict approval?

The buzz: “This effervescent story is a treat”, says Weekly editors.

Colin L. Johnson