What’s new in bookstores this week

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

•  Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99) — The author’s first book was 2001’s The Witch From the Sea, a historical pirate novel. She’s turned to historical fantasy with her new novel, a reimagining of the Peter Pan story told from the viewpoint of Captain Hook, the infamous villain of Neverland. “I’ve always liked Captain Hook better than Peter Pan,” Jensen says in press materials, and she sets out to show readers why he was so misunderstood. For starters, he’s cursed. And he has to deal with Peter Pan, the brat who’s an eternal thorn in Hook’s side.

•  Landline by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Press, $24.99) — The bestselling author, who wrote the young adult novels Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, offers her second book for adults, following 2011’s Attachments. This one focuses on domestic issues and a marriage on the brink. Georgie McCool writes for a hit sitcom. She’s got a stay-at-home husband, two wonderful daughters — and they’re spending Christmas apart. Fortunately, Georgie finds a magical way to try to work things out. The audiobook (Macmillan Audio, $29.99) is narrated by Rowell regular Rebecca Lowman.

•  War of the Whales: A True Story by Joshua Horwitz (Simon & Schuster, $28) — The author founded Living Planet Books and has written two nonfiction books, including 2009’s Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea (with Casey Anderson). He spent seven years researching and writing his newest, which focuses on two men — a whale researcher and an environmental attorney — and their epic legal battle against the U.S. Navy and its sonar war games that have resulted in mass whale strandings. At stake? Survival of the “ocean’s most majestic creatures.”

— Celeste Williams

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