What’s new in bookstores this week, Aug. 24-30

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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican nominee for vice president, will sign copies of his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Hulen Barnes & Noble, 4801 Overton Ridge Blvd.; 817-346-2368.

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

•  Foreign Correspondent: A Memoir, by H.D.S. Greenway (Simon & Schuster, $26) — The author is a journalist who served for almost 50 years as a correspondent in some of the world’s most volatile war zones — from Vietnam to Afghanistan. At just under 300 pages, the succinct anecdotes offer a slice of his career and what it’s like to be an eyewitness to history, which he sees repeating itself. “Yes, both in Iraq and Afghanistan, I had the feeling we were stepping into quagmires once again. And with quagmires it is a lot easier to get in than get out,” he says in press materials.

•  The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton (Ecco, $26.99) — This is the author’s buzz-worthy debut (the publishing phenomenon’s rights were sold in 30 countries). Set in 17th-century Amsterdam, it’s the story of naive Nella Brandt, an 18-year-old who is married off to a rich (much older) merchant and feels like a stranger in her own home, which is tended to by her fierce sister-in-law. Her husband’s wedding gift — a cabinet-sized replica of their home — leads to a mystery: The miniaturist’s tiny furnishings (and lifelike figures) designed for the house are a little too close to the real things.

•  Haunted, by Randy Wayne White (Putnam, $26.95) — The author of the bestselling Doc Ford series offers the third novel in the Hannah Smith series (following 2013’s Deceived). Hannah, the fishing guide-PI based in Florida, is hired by a Palm Beach socialite to investigate possible supernatural activity at a mansion she’s looking to sell for a condo project. Two previous owners committed suicide (or were they murdered?), and the home is on the site of a brutal Civil War battle. The audiobook (Penguin Audio, $40) is read by award-winning narrator Renee Raudman.

— Celeste Williams

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