Three new books in bookstores this week

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Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone, $27.99) — This is the fifth historical novel in Gregory’s bestselling Cousins’ War series ( The White Queen). It follows Elizabeth of York, onetime mistress of Richard III (her uncle!), who in a strategic marriage becomes the wife of Henry VII (who slayed Richard!) to ease the transition between the York and Tudor reigns. Got all that? Look for plenty of scheming, intrigue, power struggles, paranoia and babies (including the future Henry VIII). Once again, the story is told from the point of view of a woman dealing with powerful men. At more than 500 pages, it again solidifies Gregory’s position as “queen of royal fiction.”

The Rules of Wolfe: A Border Noir by James Carlos Blake (Mysterious Press, $24) — The award-winning author was born in Mexico and lived along the border until his family settled in Texas when he was 6, so he knows the territory. Blake introduces wayward son Eddie Gato Wolfe, whose outlaw family has run guns out of Texas into Mexico for generations. Unfulfilled, Eddie sets out on his own and is hired to work security for a Mexican drug cartel, led by the “ruthless” La Navaja. Of course, Eddie falls for Miranda. Bad move. She’s the property of the cartel, and Eddie and Miranda are forced to run for their lives through the deadly Sonoran Desert from cartel operatives and a really bad bounty hunter.

The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing by Peter Westwick and Peter Neushul (Crown, $26) — The tag-team history professors (and longtime California surfer boys) become a tag-team writing duo for this in-depth look at the sport. They’ve taught a popular course on surfing (where non-surfers outnumbered the surfers) for several semesters at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Now, they’re offering their insights in a 416-page book, including photos, that chronicles surfing from its beginnings as a sport of Hawaiian kings to its worldwide impact on everything from pop culture ( Apocalypse Now and others) to fashion (surf trunks at a mall in the Midwest).

— Celeste Williams

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