Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
•A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster, $28) — The 39th president is the author of more than two dozen books (including 2006’sPalestine: Peace Not Apartheid
) and was a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2002 for his human rights work. In his latest, the ageless activist, who has visited 145 countries, examines what he considers one of the world’s most serious issues: human rights abuses and discrimination against women and girls. President Carter also narrates the audio book from Simon & Schuster Audio ($29.99).
•The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
by Craig Nelson (Scribner, $29.99) — The bestselling author ofRocket Men
turns his attention to the Atomic Age (when kids learned to duck and cover and fear the bomb). Nelson covers everything from the faces of the era — Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, J. Robert Oppenheimer and many more — to the disasters (Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima) and pop culture. Who knew at the time thatDr. Strangelove
wasn’t actually that far removed from reality?
•The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
by Vaughn Entwistle (Minotaur Books, $25.99) — The author swaps the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for real-life literary legends Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde and sends the pair — buddy cop-style — to solve a Victorian mystery with a touch of the paranormal. There are seances, a haunted mansion, oddball characters and a comely medium, who has foreseen her own murder. The game’s afoot in the first book of a series.
— Celeste Williams