What’s new in bookstores

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

•  How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) — The bestselling author (2012’s Shine Shine Shine) has perfected quirkiness. Throw in nerd romance and you have the genesis for her latest. With Toledo’s Institute of Astronomy as the backdrop, two scientists — Irene, the pragmatist, and George, the idealist — don’t know it, but they are soul mates, destined for love thanks to a kooky scheme concocted by their mothers. The audiobook (Macmillan Audio, $39.99) is read by bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson ( A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty).

•  Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal (Pamela Dorman Books, $26.95) — The New Orleans native, an SMU graduate, makes her debut with a novel inspired by her struggle to rebuild her life after Hurricane Katrina. It’s set in 1964 in the Big Easy during the civil rights era and follows 11-year-old Ibby Bell, who is dumped at her eccentric grandmother’s house after her father dies. A newby to the ways of the South (she’s from Washington), Ibby is schooled in the culture, traditions and house rules by her grandmother’s cook, Queenie, and Queenie’s daughter, Dollbaby.

•  Now I See You: A Memoir by Nicole C. Kear (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) — Kear has contributed articles and essays for a number of publications and has her own blog, A Mom Amok, about her adventures in motherhood. She can add author to her list of literary accomplishments with this debut: a candid (and funny) confessional about going blind. At age 19, Kear was diagnosed with incurable retinitis pigmentosa — her vision would fade over a decade. She lives life boldly, keeping her condition secret, and makes memories while she can, including marriage and kids.

— Celeste Williams

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