USA TODAY Books: New and Noteworthy

Jocelyn McClurg


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 inUnder 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.


American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

Hitler’s rise to power, Germany’s march to the abyss, as seen through the eyes of Americans—diplomats, military, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes—who watched horrified and up close. By tapping a rich vein of personal testimonies, Hitlerland offers a gripping narrative full of surprising twists—and a startlingly fresh perspective on this heavily dissected era.