Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
•How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky
by Lydia Netzer (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) — The bestselling author (2012’sShine Shine Shine
) has perfected quirkiness. Throw in nerd romance and you have the genesis for her latest. With Toledo’s Institute of Astronomy as the backdrop, two scientists — Irene, the pragmatist, and George, the idealist — don’t know it, but they are soul mates, destined for love thanks to a kooky scheme concocted by their mothers. The audiobook (Macmillan Audio, $39.99) is read by bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson (A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
by Laura Lane McNeal (Pamela Dorman Books, $26.95) — The New Orleans native, an SMU graduate, makes her debut with a novel inspired by her struggle to rebuild her life after Hurricane Katrina. It’s set in 1964 in the Big Easy during the civil rights era and follows 11-year-old Ibby Bell, who is dumped at her eccentric grandmother’s house after her father dies. A newby to the ways of the South (she’s from Washington), Ibby is schooled in the culture, traditions and house rules by her grandmother’s cook, Queenie, and Queenie’s daughter, Dollbaby.
•Now I See You: A Memoir
by Nicole C. Kear (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) — Kear has contributed articles and essays for a number of publications and has her own blog, A Mom Amok, about her adventures in motherhood. She can add author to her list of literary accomplishments with this debut: a candid (and funny) confessional about going blind. At age 19, Kear was diagnosed with incurable retinitis pigmentosa — her vision would fade over a decade. She lives life boldly, keeping her condition secret, and makes memories while she can, including marriage and kids.
— Celeste Williams