What’s new in bookstores this week

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Author Earl Swift will read from, discuss and sign his book Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead and 57 Years of the American Dream, at 7 p.m. Monday at Barnes & Noble, 4801 Overton Ridge Blvd., Fort Worth and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Half Price Books, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas

The book uses a 1957 Chevy wagon, one of the most beloved cars built in the U.S., as a backdrop to explore its 13 owners, including its last, Tommy Arney — the outlaw auto dealer in the title who wants to save it.

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

•  Seeders by A.J. Colucci (Thomas Dunne Books, $26.99) — The author’s debut novel, 2012’s The Colony, featured New York City under siege by vicious ants. Her latest creep-a-palooza is about evolved plant life on an isolated island off the coast of Nova Scotia. When plant biologist George Brookes dies mysteriously, the heirs to his estate — his daughter, her kids, George’s colleague and his benefactor — meet on the island, where they’re stuck for two weeks until the next boat comes. The island has a spooky effect on the visitors. Just what has George unleashed?

•  Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith by Art Briles and Don Yaeger (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99) — The Baylor Bears head football coach wrote the foreword to Ricky L. Sherrod’s 2011 book Stephenville Yellow Jacket Football (Images of America). Now, the über-successful coach has written an autobiography focusing on the importance of faith, hard work and persistence — lessons learned from his parents, who were killed in a car crash when Briles was 20. There’s football, too, of course, including the chapter “Passing in the Land of Earl Campbell.”

•  Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch (Putnam, $26.95) — This is the debut novel for the author, who lives in Pittsburgh. So, why not start by having terrorists nuke your hometown? It’s been a decade since Pittsburgh’s destruction, and survivor John Dominic Blaxton is still grieving the loss of his wife and unborn child, who died in the blast. He once worked for The Archive, researching deaths for an insurance company (re-creating his life with his wife in his spare time), until an obsession with a cold case — the murder of a young girl — puts him on a dangerous path.

— Celeste Williams

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