What’s new in bookstores this week

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Bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby talks about and signs her new book, The Prodigal Son, at 7 p.m. Monday at The Dock Bookshop, 6637 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth; 817-457-5700

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

•  The One & Only by Emily Giffin (Ballantine, $28) — The bestselling author (2012’s Where We Belong) turns her focus to college football. Naturally, her story is set in Texas. Giffin’s hero is Shea Rigsby, a 33-year-old newbie sports reporter for the Dallas Post. She’s dating the Cowboys’ star quarterback, Mr. Perfect Ryan James, but has a schoolgirl crush on Walker University’s legendary coach, Clive Carr. So torn. Nothing’s easy in love and football. Giffin will discuss and sign her book at 7 p.m. June 3 at the University Park Public Library, 8383 Preston Center Plaza; 214-363-9095.

•  Resistant by Michael Palmer (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99) — The international bestselling author ( Extreme Measures) and physician died last October at age 71, but not before completing his 19th medical thriller and third novel in the Dr. Lou Welcome series. This one involves the fringe group The Society of One Hundred Neighbors, whose agenda involves unleashing deadly germs to get its way. When Cap Duncan suffers a bad leg injury and winds up infected with the antibiotic-resistant bug, Dr. Welcome has to stop this impending epidemic — and save his best friend’s life.

•  The Second Amendment: A Biography by Michael Waldman (Simon & Schuster, $25) — The author ( POTUS Speaks) is president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He says the 2012 Newtown massacre led him to tackle the life and times of the contentious, often-debated (for two centuries) Second Amendment. “Those who think it is a sacred text with unchanging meaning are in for a surprise,” Waldman says in press materials. “... As the country has changed, the way we understand the Constitution has, too. I needed to write a ‘biography.’ 

— Celeste Williams

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