What’s new in bookstores

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

▪ Love by the Book by Melissa Pimentel (Penguin, $16) — The author grabbed the inspiration for her first novel from her real-life experiment with the dating scene in London. Her doppelgänger, 20-something unlucky-in-love Lauren, tries a month-to-month scientific approach by turning to well-known guides like The Technique of the Love Affair from the 1920s, The Art of Dating, The Game and Not Tonight, Mr. Right for tips, advice and rules on navigating through “this perilous world.” By the way, Pimentel found Mr. Right and is engaged.

▪ The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly (Gallery Books, $26) — The bestselling author (2012’s Scarecrow Returns) leaves his Shane Schofield and Jack West Jr. series for a stand-alone novel. Dr. C.J. Cameron, who’s an expert on reptiles, and a small group of VIPs have been invited to a secluded (and spectacular) zoo in China. There, a species no one even believed ever existed has been discovered and will be unveiled to the visitors. Don’t believe it when officials say everything is perfectly safe and nothing could possibly go wrong.

▪ Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Viking, $27.95) — The author’s debut novel is about betrayal and reinventing yourself in the aftermath of a daring art heist that is botched. The main character is Grace/Julie, who has morphed from a meek young woman in Tennessee to become an international thief who’s hiding from her criminal past and two important men in her life. Scherm and Jacob Rubin (The Poser) will talk about their books in a program called “Identity Thief” at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood St., 214-922-1200.

— Celeste Williams

Meet the author

Colleyville-based author Kathleen M. Rodgers will launch her second novel, Johnnie Come Lately (Camel Press, $14.95), 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Southlake Barnes & Noble, 1430 Plaza Place in Southlake Town Square, 817-442-0735. The novel is set in historic Portion, a Metroplex suburb that is “loosely based on Grapevine,” and follows Johnnie Kitchen, a 43-year-old housewife with a secret. Rodgers also will sign her first book, 2008’s The Final Salute.