Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen (Pamela Dorman Books, $27.95) — A children’s book author, Bowen makes her adult fiction debut with this beach read. It’s the story of four strangers who escape from New York one August and rent a charming cottage on Little Lost Island, Maine. For that month, two frazzled housewives, an indie-movie star and a heartbroken older man discover that a change of scenery is just what they need.
▪ Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman (Dutton, $26.95) — The Parks and Recreation manly-man follows his bestselling Paddle Your Own Canoe with “more words.” He chooses 21 “great Americans” — from Ben Franklin to his man crush, Jeff Tweedy — that he believes helped shape the USA. Offerman also narrates the audiobook (Penguin Audio, $45).
▪ Stay by Victor Gischler (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99) — The author, who has an extensive comic book background (he created Deadpool Corps for Marvel), has added this suburban thriller to his list of novels. It’s about David Sparrow, a Mr. Mom with a secret past. He gave up his life as a special-ops officer for kids and carpools, but when his deputy-district-attorney wife is in peril, he’s back in action. CBS has bought the TV rights.
— Celeste Williams