USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

1. “Becoming by Michelle Obama (Crown, nonfiction, on sale Nov. 13)

What it’s about: In this much-anticipated memoir, the former first lady will, according to her publisher, cover everything “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.”

The buzz: Obama’s national book tour is one hot ticket; it kicks off in Chicago the day “Becoming” is published.

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2. "Long Road to Mercy" by David Baldacci (Grand Central, fiction, on sale Nov. 13)

What it’s about: FBI agent Atlee Pine becomes suspicious when she is suddenly pulled off the case after a tourist disappears at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, leaving behind a mutilated mule.

The buzz: With “Mercy,” the best-selling author is launching a new series and a new heroine.

3. "Look Alive Twenty-Five" by Janet Evanovich (Putnam, fiction, on sale Nov. 13)

What it’s about: New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum steps behind the Red River Deli counter (and helps in the investigation) after three store managers disappear, each leaving behind a single shoe.

The buzz: Book 24 in the series, “Hardcore Twenty-Four,” made its debut at No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list last November.

4. "Night of Miracles" by Elizabeth Berg (Random House, fiction, on sale Nov. 13)

What it’s about: In this sequel to last year’s “The Story of Arthur Truluv,” Berg follows up with the lives of (dearly departed) Arthur’s neighbors and friends, including master baker Lucille.

The buzz: In a review, USA TODAY gave “Arthur Truluv” ★★★½ (out of four), calling it “charming, heartwarming.”

5. "Fox 8" by George Saunders (Random House, fiction, on sale Nov. 13)

What it’s about: A short story about a fox that teaches itself to speak “Yuman” by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to bedtime stories.

The buzz: Saunders won Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2017 for his novel “Lincoln in the Bardo.”


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