Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
•When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II
by Molly Guptill Manning (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25) — The author (
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) has written a book for history lovers and bibliophiles. It’s about an American movement to preserve the freedom to read while Nazi Germany was burning books deemed harmful. Millions of books were sent to the troops and “became symbols for democracy and freedom,” according to press materials. If you haven’t readA Tree Grows in Brooklyn
, it will move to the top of your reading list.
•Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon
by Kim Zetter (Crown, $25) — The author is an award-winning senior reporter forWired
, covering computer security, hackers and all things cybercrime-related. Told in the style of a techno-thriller, this is a true account of the Stuxnet virus, a James Bond-sounding digital cyber-weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel to sabotage Iran’s nuclear plans. It worked so well it may have changed the very definition of war. And revealed how vulnerable we are to these attacks.
•The Murder of Harriet Krohn
by Karin Fossum (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24) — The award-winning author, dubbed Norway’s Queen of Crime, offers the seventh thriller in her Inspector Sejer series, translated to English for the first time and told from the killer’s perspective. Desperate Charlo Torp believes he has committed the perfect crime — robbing and murdering elderly Harriet Krohn in order to pay off extensive gambling debts and change his life. But Sejer, who always gets his man, is methodically building a case against Charlo and the chase is on.
— Celeste Williams