Ottessa Moshfegh’s ‘Lapvona,’ Riley Sager, Ed Yong among 5 new books

Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY Barbara VanDenburgh scour the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books go on sale Tuesday.


By Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press, fiction)

What is it about : Little Marek, an abused and motherless shepherd boy in a disaster-ridden village, is put through a spiritual trial in this grotesque medieval tale from the ruthless author of ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’.

The buzz: “It’s a triumph,” says a star-studded review from Publishers Weekly.

‘A pure pleasure to read’:Ruth Ozeki wins the women’s award for “Book of Form and Void”

“A Huge World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us”

By Ed Yong (Random House, non-fiction)

What is it about : How do animals perceive our huge world? Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Yong delves into the animal world to show readers how beetles, turtles, bees, fish and giant squid inhabit Earth.

The buzz: “One of the best popular natural stories of the year,” says a star-studded review from Kirkus Review.

“The House Across the Lake”

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By Riley Sager (Dutton, fiction)

What is it about : Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” serves as the inspiration for Sager’s latest thriller. Trying to escape the bad press, recently widowed actor Casey Fletcher retreats to the family’s Lake Vermont home with a pair of binoculars. But she soon discovers that the couple across the lake aren’t as glamorous as they seem.

The buzz: A star-studded review from Publishers Weekly called it “an outstanding suspense novel.”

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