In search of something good to read? USA TODAY's Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases.
1. "A Very Punchable Face," by Colin Jost (Crown, nonfiction, available now)
What it’s about: The "Saturday Night Live" head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor tells his life story with a healthy dose of self-deprecation and takes readers behind the scenes of "SNL."
The buzz: "I always feel like if I’m not improving, then I am getting worse," Jost said of his drive to succeed in an interview with USA TODAY.
2. "Utopia Avenue," by David Mitchell (Random House, fiction, available now)
What it's about: The author of "Cloud Atlas" and "The Bone Clocks" takes readers to the golden age of rock music to tell the story of fictional British band Utopia Avenue.
The buzz: A starred review on Kirkus Reviews calls it "a gritty, richly detailed fable."
3. "The Order," by Daniel Silva (Harper, fiction, available now)
What it’s about: In Silva’s 20th Gabriel Allon novel, the art restorer and legendary spy is trying to enjoy a vacation with his family in Venice when his old friend Pope Paul VII dies under mysterious circumstances.
The buzz: "Engaging and deftly paced, another thoughtfully entertaining summer read from Silva," says a starred review on Kirkus Reviews.
4. "Blacktop Wasteland," by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron, fiction, available now)
What it’s about: One-time world-class getaway driver Beauregard "Bug" Montage has built up an honest life, but he’s lured back to his old ways by an enticing jewelry store heist.
The buzz: Publishers Weekly calls it a "high-octane neo-noir thriller."
5. "Come Again," by Robert Webb (Little, Brown, fiction, available now)
What it’s about: A recently widowed woman who’s lost everything and is starting to fall apart wakes up one day to find herself 18 again – on the day she first met her husband.
The buzz: The Guardian calls it "a likable, readable piece of ‘up-lit’ with enough intelligence applied to the sci-fi set-up to keep you suspending your disbelief."