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What’s new in bookstores

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


41: A Portrait of My Father

by George W. Bush (Crown, $28) — What happens when 43 writes about 41? Since they’re son and father and both former presidents, it’s a particularly “unique and intimate biography.” And complete, too. A family love story written from an insider’s perspective, it delves into the life and times of George H.W. Bush — from his service in World War II to the oil business in West Texas to his steady climb to the top of the political ladder. Bonus: George W. Bush narrates the audiobook (Random House Audio, $35).


13 Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War

by John McCain and Mark Salter (Simon & Schuster, $28) — The bestselling writing team (

Faith of My Fathers

) offers a tribute to soldiers just in time for Tuesday’s Veterans Day. Each chapter is devoted to an unsung individual — 11 men and two women — who have fought in our country’s 13 major wars (from the Revolutionary War to Iraq). McCain, a veteran himself, narrates the audiobook (Simon & Schuster Audio, $39.99).


Blue Labyrinth

by Preston & Child (Grand Central Publishing, $27) — Authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child return with the 14th thriller in their bestselling Special Agent Pendergast series. A body is left on Pendergast’s doorstep with one unusual clue: a chunk of turquoise in the victim’s belly. From there, it’s off to an old mine on the shore of the Salton Sea in California and confrontation with a killer out for revenge, thanks to a sinister Pendergast family secret. Actor Rene Auberjonois returns to narrate the audiobook (Hachette Audio, $40).

— Celeste Williams


• Dallas author Doug J. Swanson ( Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker) will be featured in the latest “Evening With” event, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at TCU’s Kelly Center, 2820 Stadium Drive. Author James Ward Lee will interview Swanson at 7 p.m., followed by a reading and book signing. Go to for more information.

• Author Kathryn Harrison will discuss her new book, Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, at 7 p.m. Thursday at an Authors Live! event at Highland Park United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall, 3300 Mockingbird Lane.