Diana Gabaldon’s new Outlander book, Ann Patchett’s ‘These Precious days’

Are you looking for something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh is looking at the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books are for sale Nov. 23.

1. “These Precious Days,” by Ann Patchett (Harper, nonfiction)

What it’s about: From the esteemed author to “State of Wonder” and “The Dutch House” comes a collection of essays that turn the author’s gaze inward towards her own experiences.

Buzzet: “An enviable life shared with openness, emotion and knockout narrative power,” says a star reviewer from Kirkus Reviews.

“Go and tell the bees I’m gone,” by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte Press, fiction)

What it’s about: In the ninth book in Gabaldon’s hugely popular Outlander series, Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall are finally reunited with their daughter Brianna – but the American Revolution threatens to tear them apart again.

Buzzet: There are no early reviews, but it’s been seven long years since the last Outlander novel, “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood,” and the debut of the Starz TV series, making this a must for fans.

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“Go and tell the bees I’m gone,” by Diana Gabaldon.

3. “Black Artists Shape the World,” by Sharna Jackson with Zoé Whitley (Thames & Hudson, nonfiction)

What it’s about: Children’s author Jackson introduces young readers to 26 artists from Africa and of African descent, including Barack and Michelle Obama’s portrait artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.

Buzzet: “Delivers a magnificent collection of black artists we all need to know and cherish,” says a star reviewer from Kirkus Reviews.

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4. “Love, lists and fancy ships,” by Sarah Grunder Ruiz (Berkley, fiction)

What it’s about: Yacht stewardess Jo Walker is trying to complete a bucket list of 30 things she will do before her 30th birthday – run a marathon, travel the world, sleep in a castle. But it’s point # 5 – kiss a stranger – that will change her life forever.

Buzzet: “Readers will definitely fall for this heartwarming and emotionally charged novel,” says a star reviewer from Kirkus Reviews.

5. “The Room”, by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press, fiction)

What it’s about: Book 2 of the fantasy series The Dragon Heart Legacy finds that Breen Siobhan Kelly returned to the magical realm of Talamh and learns to embrace her powers while her outcast grandfather plans to destroy Talamh.

Buzzet: Robert’s ability to create excitement and create touching relationships really shines. Readers will eagerly await the final part, ”says Publishers Weekly.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New ‘Outlander’ novel, Ann Patchett essays: 5 books not to be missed

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