What’s new in bookstores

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Plano author Karen Harrington will discuss and sign her new book, Courage for Beginners, at 3 p.m. Saturday at the North East Mall Barnes & Noble in Hurst, 817-284-1244. The novel (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17) is about 12-year-old Mysti Murphy, who’s dealing with some major obstacles as she begins seventh grade.

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

•  The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Knopf, $60) — This 500-plus-page book is billed as a tie-in piece to Burns’ seven-part, 14-hour documentary (written by Ward), coming Sept. 14 to PBS channels. The coffee-table-style book chronicles the lives of distant cousins Theodore and Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Franklin’s wife, Eleanor. It covers almost 100 years in their lives — from Teddy’s sickly childhood to Eleanor’s death in 1962. It’s enhanced with hundreds of photos as the co-authors link the legacies of these political heavyweights.

•  A Dancer in the Dust by Thomas H. Cook (Mysterious Press, $26) — The author of 2013’s acclaimed Sandrine’s Case returns with a layered tale about Ray Campbell, a risk-management assessor who has always played it safe. Years ago, he was an idealistic aid worker who tried to improve the African country Lubanda. He meets (and falls in love with) Martine Aubert, a white farmer who loved her homeland and lost her life because of it. Twenty years later, a man Ray and Martine knew from Lubanda is murdered in a New York City alley, so Ray is drawn back to Africa to investigate.

•  Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland (Random House, $27) — The bestselling author (2011’s Clara and Mr. Tiffany) begins her latest novel in 1937 as France braces for war. Lisette Roux moves from Paris to a village in Provence to help care for her husband’s ailing grandfather. He teaches Lisette about his paintings (Cézanne, Pisarro, Picasso and Chagall) and life. And her list of vows is inspired by his advice: “Do the important things first.” Vreeland will talk about her book at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas; 214-768-3225.

— Celeste Williams

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