USA TODAY Books: New and Noteworthy

Jocelyn McClurg
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We scope out the hottest books on sale the week of March 11.

  1. Monday Mornings
    By Sanjay Gupta, M.D. (Grand Central, $24.99, fiction, on sale March 13)
    What it's about: This first novel revolves around five surgeons at fictional Chelsea General in Detroit, who each Monday morning face the difficult "Morbidity and Mortality" meeting - where their mistakes go under the scalpel.
    The buzz: Gupta, best known as CNN's chief medical correspondent, is also a neurosurgeon — so he knows his way around an operating room, and Monday morning meetings.
  2. The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds… Wasted
    By Luc Carl (St. Martin's Press, $25.99, non-fiction, on sale March 13)
    What it's about: What happens when a rock 'n' roll bartender finds that too many nights of boozing and eating pizza pile on the pounds? "The Drunk Diet" — which, despite its title, means learning to love running, and drinking in moderation.
    The buzz: Luc Carl is Lady Gaga's ex. Need we say more?
  3.  The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen
    By Frances Mayes and Edward Mayes (Clarkson Potter, $29.99, non-fiction, on sale March 13)
    What it's about: American transplants offer 150-plus Italian regional recipes they've discovered as "honorary Tuscans" in this glossy cookbook.
    The buzz: This is the first cookbook from Frances Mayes, the object of envy ever since she charmingly recounted her experiences buying a house in the Italian countryside in Under the Tuscan Sun.
  4. Arcadia
    By Lauren Groff (Voice, $25.99, fiction, on sale March 13)
    What it's about: Groff's follow-up to The Monsters of Templeton is the story of a '60s commune and its effect upon a little boy named Bit, following him into a troubled adulthood as a photographer.
    The buzz:Arcadia is an Indie Next Pick, recommended by independent booksellers, and early reviews have been strong. Publishers Weekly called it "an unforgettable read."
  5. Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power 
    By Andrew Nagorski (Simon & Schuster, $28, non-fiction, on sale March 13)
    What it's about: Nagorski, a former Newsweek editor and Berlin bureau chief, looks at Hitler's rise to power through the Americans — from diplomats to journalists to entertainers — who were in Germany at the time.
    The buzz: Should appeal to readers captivated by Erik Larson's best seller In the Garden of Beasts. And yes, Garden fans, William and Martha Dodd are part of Nagorski's story, too.