What’s new in bookstores this week

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Meet the authors • E.R. Bills, who was born in Fort Worth and raised in Aledo, will discuss his new book, Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional & Nefarious (The History Press, $19.99), at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble in University Park Village, 1612 S. University Drive, Fort Worth; 817-335-2791. • Daniel Vaughn will discuss his book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, $29.99), at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble, 861 NE Mall Blvd., Hurst; 817-284-1244.

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

•  Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich (Bantam, $28) — The bestselling author offers the 20th novel in her popular Stephanie Plum series. The New Jersey bounty hunter extraordinaire is hot on the case of mob boss Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi, who has disappeared in Trenton. And security specialist Ranger needs her help with a strange case, too — the death of a client’s mother (and bingo-playing acquaintance of Stephanie’s grandmother at the senior center). The audiobook will be available on Random House Audio ($32) and is narrated by actress Lorelei King.

•  Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power by Kevin Peraino (Crown, $26) — The author is a former journalist ( Newsweek) and student of foreign affairs. While Lincoln is best known as the Great Emancipator, Peraino’s research from a variety of sources (journals, letters and newspaper articles) shows how the 16th president’s foreign policies evolved, from his days as a congressman to taking on the highest office in the land. Each chapter focuses on a person in Lincoln’s life and how each helped shape his world view.

•  This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (Harper, $27.99) — The bestselling novelist (2011’s State of Wonder) started her writing career with Seventeen and wrote nonfiction for numerous magazines and newspapers before turning to fiction. In this collection of 22 essays that have been previously published, she shares bittersweet personal stories about her childhood, an unhappy first marriage and a happy second one, and her joy over making a living from writing. Patchett narrates her essays on the audiobook from HarperAudio ($39.99).

— Celeste Williams

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