Three new books in bookstores this week

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

•  The Never List by Koethi Zan (Pamela Dorman Books, $27.95) — Talk about ripped from the headlines! The author’s debut novel is about best friends Sarah and Jennifer who stray away from their Never List (a series of rules made up to keep them safe) with unimaginable repercussions. They’re abducted and held captive with two other girls for three years in a cellar by a “connoisseur of sadism.” Ten years later, their abductor is up for parole and the survivors are drawn back into remembering their ordeal. “I was stunned when the news broke about the Cleveland kidnappings, and it became more surreal as the story unfolded,” said Zan in press materials. “... And even worse than the story I’d invented.”

•  Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones by Bill Janovitz (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) — The author, a singer-songwriter (Buffalo Tom) in his own right, uses the iconic band’s 50th anniversary to dissect 50 key songs from the Stones’ distinguished and diverse musical catalog. Ultimate playlist? Yes. Stealth history lesson? Oh, yes. Janovitz divides the book into three eras — The Brian Jones Years ( Satisfaction, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, etc.), The Mick Taylor Years ( Tumbling Dice, It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll, etc.) and The Ron Wood Years ( Miss You, Waiting on a Friend, etc.) — and includes the classics and pertinent album tracks for the stories behind the songs.

•  The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure by Jack Handey (Grand Central Publishing, $19) — The humorist and former Saturday Night Live writer veers away from his “Deep Thoughts” series with his first novel. And it’s a wild caper to an exotic (and stinky) locale with the narrator and a buddy. There’s a travel agent, a treasure map, a quest for something called the Golden Monkey, danger, Turtle People and more danger in 241 pages. Just go with it. If you want to hear Handey read his book, it’s available on audiobook from Hachette Audio ($24.98).

— Celeste Williams

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