What’s new in bookstores this week

Posted Sunday, Jan. 05, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Arlington author Julie Kibler, whose Calling Me Home is available Tuesday in paperback, has a couple of appearances scheduled in the area. She’ll do a reading, answer questions and sign her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Half Price Books, 5417 S. Hulen St. in Fort Worth, and 7 p.m. Thursday at Half Price Books in Plano, 2440 Preston Road in Preston Towne Crossing. For more information, call 214-360-0833, ext. 1062.

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

•  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking, $27.95) — The author (a TCU grad) follows her bestselling debut novel, 2002’s The Secret Life of Bees, and 2005’s The Mermaid Chair with the newest selection in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. It’s about two strong 19th-century women: one wealthy (Sarah Grimké, a real-life abolitionist and suffragette), and one a slave in the Grimké’s Charlestown household. Kidd will be featured at Authors Live! at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Highland Park Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. Call 214-523-2240 for more information.

•  In the Blood by Lisa Unger (Touchstone, $25.99) — The bestselling author ( Heartbroken, Smoke) has created a pathological liar as the main character in her latest psychological thriller. Lana Granger has told so many lies in her life that even she is having trouble discerning fact from fiction. She’s a psychology major, nearing graduation and in need of money, who takes a job as a nanny for a troubled boy. But this youngster has a dangerous side and knows a little too much about Lana, who’s also a suspect when her roommate goes missing after the two had a fight.

•  The Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $26.95) — The author first presented David Loogan in Bad Things Happen (2009) and Very Bad Men (2011). His latest is billed as a prequel to Bad Things Happen and reveals David’s dark past. (He’s David Malone in this one, lives in a different town, has a different job and is 26.) When a chance encounter and brief affair with law student Jana Fletcher gets him implicated in her brutal murder, David is determined to solve it, but her killer is keeping close tabs on him.

— Celeste Williams

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