by Jocelyn McClurg)
USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.
1. A Perfect Lifeby Danielle Steel (Delacorte, fiction, on sale July 22)
What it’s about: The “perfect life” of TV anchor Blaise McCarthy gets complicated when her blind teenage daughter returns home from boarding school.
The buzz: Fifty-two of Steel’s books have made the top 10 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.
2. Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, on sale July 22)
What it’s about: Examines the artist through his greatest works, including The Pietà, David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The buzz: A “breezy biography … highly readable,” says Publishers Weekly.
3. The Forsakenby Ace Atkins (Putnam, fiction, on sale July 24)
What it’s about: Quinn Colson investigates a decades-old rape and murder case that led to the lynching of an innocent man; fourth in a series.
The buzz: Atkins also now writes the Robert B. Parker Spenser series, and his three titles have all made USA TODAY’s top 50.
4. Travels With Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, on sale July 22)
What it’s about: It’s a canine road trip for the author and his Lab mix as they ask why the USA is so doggone dog crazy.
The buzz: “Sprightly, entertaining travelogue should find a delighted readership,” says Kirkus Reviews.
5. Tomlinson Hillby Chris Tomlinson (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s, non-fiction, on sale July 22)
What it’s about: White journalist writes about his family’s slave-owning past and discovers black descendants who share the family name, including the NFL’s LaDainian Tomlinson.
The buzz: The book grew out of a documentary that appeared on PBS last year.