What’s new in bookstores this week

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

•  Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir (Ballantine, $30) — The bestselling author known for historical biographies ( Mary Boleyn, The Lady in the Tower) re-creates the life and times of Elizabeth, the first Tudor queen, who helped unite the kingdom and was mother of Henry VIII and grandmother to Elizabeth I (yes, today’s royals are descendants). It is 608 pages of Weir’s trademark meticulous research, including 16 pages of color portraits of relatives, important acquaintances and landmarks plus an extensive bibliography and helpful index.

•  Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Retribution by Eric Van Lustbader (Grand Central Publishing, $28) — Robert Ludlum died in 2001, but one of his most popular protagonists, rogue secret agent Jason Bourne, continues to live on in Van Lustbader’s bestselling novels. This is his eighth Bourne thriller (Ludlum wrote three), and it’s teeming with the usual intrigue and page-turning action. Bourne has a hidden agenda — avenging the death of the woman he loved — when he agrees to help his Mossad buddy with a mission that takes him from Tel Aviv to Mexico City to China.

•  Bliss by Hilary Fields (Redhook, $16) — For those who need a respite from the holiday grind, here’s something light, tasty and occasionally salty. It’s the tale of pastry chef Serafina Wilde, whose perfect life comes unraveled at the hands of a vindictive ex. She heads to Santa Fe (the author’s home) when her wacky Aunt Pauline offers her a fresh start. It’s a chance to open a bakery that will replace “Pauline’s House of Passion,” which will live on in the “Back Room.” There’s nothing like cupcakes, naughty items and an evil ex who gets his just deserts.

— Celeste Williams

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