Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ Baseball Dads by Matthew Hiley (Greenleaf Book Group, $16.95) — The critically acclaimed Fort Worth author delves into the underbelly of Little League baseball in Texas for his third extra-dark comedic novel, subtitled “Sex. Drugs. Children’s Baseball.” Dwayne, our fed-up protagonist, and three other dads exact murderous revenge when their talented kids are left on the sideline in favor of more socially connected players.
▪ My Southern Journey: True Stories From the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg (Oxmoor House, $27.95) — The bestselling author (and 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing at The New York Times) offers a compilation of his essays, including many never published. Bragg shares stories about love of college football (Roll Tide), people, places and food (dressing vs. stuffing) that make up the spirit of his beloved South.
▪ The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly (Grove Press, $25) — The author’s third thriller is told in first person by a single mother who’s on the brink of financial disaster, facing eviction and desperately trying to provide for her 9-year-old son. When she’s offered a way to make some money — a one-night, no-strings-attached tryst with powerful (and married) Scott Elias, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. What could go wrong?
— Celeste Williams