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

1. “A slow fire that burns” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead, fiction)

What is it about : When a young man is murdered on a London barge, three unconnected women who knew him, all seething with their own resentments and secrets, are drawn into the mystery.

The buzzing: “‘A Slow Fire Burning’ is a classic whodunit that unveils the mystery until the very last page,” states one ★★★ (of four) review from USA TODAY.

2. “Documents on Afghanistan: A Secret History of the War”, by Craig Whitlock and The Washington Post (Simon & Schuster, documentary)

What is it about : Washington Post reporter Whitlock shares a groundbreaking investigative story into what went wrong in Afghanistan, from the onset of the impossible to win war to the return to power of the Taliban.

The buzzing: “Rigorously detailed and relentlessly pessimistic, it’s a heartbreaking look at how America’s leaders have chosen to bury their mistakes and let the war drift,” says Publishers Weekly.

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3. “The Secret History of Food: Weird But True Stories About The Origins Of Everything We Eat” by Matt Siegel (Ecco, documentary)

What is it about : An entertaining dive into the sometimes surprising stories and cultural impacts of the foods we love. Siegel even explains how ice cream played a role in defeating the Nazis. Not really.

The buzzing: “Idiosyncratic essays that will give foodies a lot to digest,” says Kirkus Reviews.

4. “The Sisters of Auschwitz”, by Roxane van Iperen (Harper Paperbacks, documentary)

What is it about : The story of two unsung heroes of WWII, the sisters Janny and Lien Brilleslijper, who, risking death, joined the Dutch resistance, saved many lives and survived the Holocaust.

The buzzing: “A really useful addition to the body of Holocaust studies,” says a star reviewer from Kirkus Reviews.

5. “The principle of the heart” by Helen Hoang (Berkley, fiction)

What is it about : Violinist Anna Sun is grappling with burnout after a YouTube video goes viral when her longtime boyfriend says he wants an open relationship. She gives him what he wants and then a little, embarking on a series of one night stands.

The buzzing: “Readers shouldn’t expect a typical romantic comedy, but many will always swoon over this sensitive love story,” Publishers Weekly says.

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