Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:• Nolan Ryan: The Making of a Pitcher by Rob Goldman (Triumph, $26.95) — The author, a former batboy in the ’70s with the California Angels, delivers “the definitive biography” of the hard-throwing Texas pitching icon. Goldman talked to baseball insiders to get their take on the legend, so the book offers unique perspectives, previously untold anecdotes and eyewitness accounts of “The Ryan Express” from the beginning of his career to his job as president of the Rangers. He may no longer be in Arlington, but he’s pictured on the cover in his Rangers cap and uniform.• Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown and Co., $27) — The author follows her bestselling Room with a historical fiction novel built around an unsolved crime in 1876 San Francisco, in the throes of a heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. When Blanche Beunon witnesses the murder of her bohemian friend, Jenny Bonnet, who is shot to death through the window of a saloon, she is determined to find the killer. Blanche travels through the city’s raunchy underbelly to do her sleuthing. The audiobook (Little, Brown and Co., $30) is read by actress Khristine Hvam.• Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman (Simon & Schuster, $26) — This is the author’s second novel, following 2011’s critically acclaimed So Much Pretty. This one is about Army Sgt. Lauren Clay, who has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in time for Christmas in her rural New York home. But this warrior comes back changed, and fitting back into civilian life is a struggle — as is dealing with the symptoms and lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. The audiobook is available April 28 from Brilliance Audio ($64.97); it is read by actress Christina Traister. — Celeste Williams
Meet the author
Lisa Lillien, author of the bestseller The Hungry Girl Diet, will talk about and sign her book at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway; 214-739-1124.