Here’s what’s new in bookstores from Texas authors:
▪ Unplayable Lies (The Only Golf Book You’ll Ever Need) by Dan Jenkins (Doubleday, $25.95) — Phil Mickelson calls the Fort Worth-based author “the Ben Hogan of sports writing.” This collection of 38 golf essays shows you why. There are new yarns mixed in with rewritten and retooled stories originally seen in Golf Digest. Hogan, Lord Byron, Tiger, Arnie, Jack and more are name-dropped in this self-proclaimed gift from Jenkins to “the golfer who has everything.” Bonus: Daughter Sally, a top sportswriter in her own right, has written the introduction.
▪ Confess by Colleen Hoover (Atria Books, $16) — The bestselling author, based in Sulphur Springs, follows 2014’s trio of Maybe Someday, Ugly Love and Maybe Not with the story of Auburn Reed, who, at age 21, is trying to put her life back together while struggling to make ends meet. Desperate, she comes upon a Dallas studio of talented (and handsome) artist Owen Gentry, who happens to need an assistant. There’s chemistry — and big secrets. Original confession-inspired artwork by Liverpool-based painter Danny O’Connor adds to the experience.
▪ Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran (Touchstone, $26) — The bestselling author (Nefertiti, Cleopatra’s Daughter) now calls Texas home, but she has been a world traveler, including summers spent on archeological digs. Moran’s marriage in India and a tour of Gwalior was the inspiration for her historical novel about Queen Lakshmi of Jhansi. After her husband’s death, Lakshmi defends her kingdom against the British by raising two armies — one male and one female (Sita, a fierce female warrior, narrates) — and helping lead the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
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Meet the author
TCU Press will present author Thomas Zigal as part of its Evening With series. Zigal will talk about and sign his book Many Rivers to Cross — a story about death and survival in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina — at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kelly Center, 2820 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth. Free and no reservations are required.