Don’t fill up your beach bag just yet. Save space for these hot new summer books. Whether your taste runs to mysteries, romance, humor or sports, USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg has you covered.
1. I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart (37 INK/Atria, non-fiction, on sale now)
What it’s about: In this memoir, the funnyman recounts his rise to the top from hardscrabble beginnings, making jokes along the way.
Why it’s hot: Hart has conquered stand-up and movies (his hits include Think Like a Man and The Secret Life of Pets), so why not publishing?
2. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Harper, fiction, on sale now)
What it’s about: In a modern twist on the English manor house mystery, a London book editor investigates the suspicious death of one of her best-selling crime authors.
Why it’s hot: This Agatha Christie-inspired homage arrives a few months before a new, star-studded film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express pulls into theaters this fall.
3. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale now)
What it’s about: Estranged adult twin sisters, raised separately after their parents’ divorce, must decide whether to reconcile when their father dies.
Why it’s hot: Take the summer setting (The Identicals hops between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard) and the plot device of feuding sisters, and you’ve got the recipe for another Hilderbrand beach hit.
4. Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani (Harper, fiction, on sale now)
What it’s about: In 1949 South Philly, an engaged World War II vet (now a cab driver) finds himself suddenly smitten with the Bard and Calla Borelli, who runs the local Shakespeare troupe.
Why it’s hot: “A delightfully sprawling comedy full of extended families,” says Kirkus Reviews.
5. But Seriously by John McEnroe (Little, Brown, non-fiction, on sale now)
What it’s about: The brash tennis star (now mellowed a bit) is ready to volley again in this sequel to his best-selling 2002 memoirYou Cannot Be Serious.
Why it’s hot: In his second career, McEnroe has proved to be a champion tennis analyst, and his new book arrives as he’s calling Wimbledon for ESPN and the BBC.
6. Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich (Atria, non-fiction, on sale July 4)