New books from Margaret Atwood, Maria Semple and Beverly Lowry


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

▪ Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Hogarth Shakespeare, $25) — The bestselling author (The Handmaid’s Tale) accepts the Hogarth Shakespeare challenge (the fourth in the series) by offering her modern retelling of The Tempest. When Felix is ousted (by his right-hand man) as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Festival, he starts his comeback by directing The Tempest in a prison with prisoners as actors, all the while plotting his revenge on his former ambitious assistant.

▪ Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (Little, Brown and Co., $27) — The bestselling author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette presents middle-aged Eleanor (based in Seattle, just like Bernadette). She’s married, has a son, is an animator for a popular cartoon and really needs to get a handle on her life. So, she makes a modest to-do list that she vows will get completed in one day. She’s determined to be her best self ever one step at a time, but then life happens.

▪ Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders by Beverly Lowry (Knopf, $27.95) — The Austin-based author focuses on the horrific December 1991 murders of four teenage girls who worked in an I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt! The true crime story introduces the victims, the suspects, law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges and all the people the girls left behind. And, after 25 years, the Austin Police Department is still working the extremely cold case.

Celeste Williams