What’s new in bookstores this week

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

•  White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central Publishing, $27) — The bestselling writing team offers the 13th novel in the twisty series that features FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast. When his protégée, Corrie Swanson ( Still Life With Crows), runs afoul of the city leaders in an exclusive ski resort town in Colorado, it’s Pendergast to the rescue. He faces a 19th-century forensic mystery (involving a grizzly bear and miners), a present-day arsonist and a “lost story” from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (via Oscar Wilde!). Seems there are lots of secrets in the mountains.

• The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son by Pat Conroy (Nan A. Talese, $28.95) — In 1976, The Great Santini, a novel that was made into a major film starring Robert Duvall, introduced readers to the bestselling author’s fictional incarnation of his hard-nosed military father. In this memoir, Conroy bares all as he seeks closure by recounting his tumultuous childhood, dysfunctional family and abusive father (a theme that has often been explored in his novels). Ultimately, as The Prince of Tides reminds us: “In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness.”

•  The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, $40) — The Pulitzer Prize-winning author ( No Ordinary Time) examines the Progressive Era that ushered in an “unprecedented spirit of reform in the country.” She also shows how Roosevelt wooed the muckraking press and chronicles the friendship between Roosevelt and Taft — until their battle for the 1912 presidential nomination, that is. Actor Edward Hermann narrates the audiobook from Simon & Schuster Audio ($39.99).

— Celeste Williams

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