Four New Books Hitting Shelves This Week, Just In Time for the Holiday Shopping Season

Nicholas Barron

Twas a few weeks before Christmas, when all through the land

Shoppers were scurrying to have books in hand.

Yes, the holiday shopping season is upon us, and so is another week of new book releases.

Below are four new books for Nov. 30, 2021, that might be a perfect fit for whoever’s on your list. (Yourself included!)

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New books for Nov. 30, 2021

Autopsy: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell

It’s been five years since Patricia Cornwell published a novel in her Kay Scarpetta series. Now, the wait is over.

Autopsy is the 25th Scarpetta novel, a series of thrillers following chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta as she solves crimes using forensic technology. The first Scarpetta novel, Postmortem, came out in 1990.

To date, Cornwell’s sold more than 100 million books.

In Autopsy, Dr. Scarpetta returns to her native Virginia across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Scarpetta is tracking a scientifically sound killer when two scientists at an outer space lab end up dead.

Tasked with solving the mysterious scientists’ deaths, Scarpetta also hunts down the killer that’s striking close to home, perhaps too close to home.

From the publisher: “In this relaunch of the electrifying, landmark #1 bestselling thriller series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta hunts those responsible for two wildly divergent and chilling murders.”

Buy now: Amazon | Bookshop

In Case of Emergency by Mahsa Mohebali, translated by Mariam Rahmani

Iranian author Mahsa Mohebali is out with her third published novel, In Case of Emergency.

The story finds a young, opium-addicted woman named Shadi awakening in a disintegrating, earthquake-racked Tehran. As some flee and others take control of the city, Shadi goes to great lengths to survive while finding her next fix.

From the publisher: “Weaving together gritty vernacular and cinematic prose, In Case of Emergency takes a darkly humorous, scathing look at the authoritarian state, global capitalism, and the gender binary.”

Buy now: Amazon | Bookshop

By the Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, a Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream by Dan Grunfeld

Dan Grunfeld was a standout basketball player at Stanford University. Now, he’s telling his family’s story from the Holocaust to the NBA.

Dan is the son of Ernie Grunfeld, a former NBA player and executive who immigrated to the U.S. with his Holocaust-surviving parents in the 1960s. Ernie also won a gold medal for Team USA at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

By the Grace of the Game is Dan’s sharing of his family’s saga, from his grandmother narrowly escaping death in the Holocaust to his father’s basketball achievements.

From the publisher: “From the grips of the Nazis to the top of the Olympic podium, from the cheap seats to center stage at Madison Square Garden, from yellow stars to silver spoons, this complex tale traverses the spectrum of the human experience to detail how perseverance, love, and legacy can survive through generations, carried on the shoulders of a simple and beautiful game.”

Buy now: Amazon | Bookshop

Couples Wanted by Brianna Cole

Couples Wanted is the latest novel by author and actress Brianna Cole.

In Couples Wanted, newlyweds Bridget and Roman want to keep their love life new and exciting. They meet another couple who swings, so Roman and Bridget spend a night with their newfound friends, Corinne and Patrick.

But Bridget and Roman get more than they bargained for as Patrick and Corinne start showing a darker side. The newlyweds try to escape the swingers before it’s too late.

Buy now: Amazon | Bookshop

Four new books this week

‘Tis the holiday shopping season and publishers have some new books for us to enjoy.

Here are four new releases that might make perfect gifts for yourself or someone on your list:

Happy shopping and reading!

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