Three new books in bookstores

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

• David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Co., $29) — The bestselling author behind the inventive Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point is back with another thought-provoking theory that fascinates, entertains and informs. He gives underdogs their due this time, challenging everything readers believe about facing — and conquering — life’s stumbling blocks, using the “real” story of David and Goliath and more to make his point. Gladwell is the reader for the audiobook ($40).

•  Loss of Innocence, by Richard North Patterson (Quercus, $26.95) — The bestselling author offers the prequel to 2012’s bestselling Fall From Grace. The second novel in his projected trilogy is set in the turbulent summer of 1968, a pivotal year in U.S. history. Patterson is best known for his thrillers ( The Devil’s Light, The Spire), but this is a family saga. It’s set on Martha’s Vineyard and focuses on Whitney Dane, the youngest daughter of a well-to-do family who’s busy planning her September wedding to her well-to-do fiance. Until she meets Benjamin Blaine, who turns her world upside down.

•  The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, $24) — In this widely acclaimed debut novel (it’s an international bestseller), the Australian author introduces us to a socially awkward, brilliant professor, Don Tillman, who’s looking for love. The poor guy’s never been on a second date. So, as any good professor would do, he devises The Wife Project to find the perfect mate. Then, he meets Rosie, who’s on a search, too. Film rights have been purchased by Sony Pictures with Simsion as screenwriter. He’s also working on a sequel to The Rosie Project.

— Celeste Williams

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