We’re all searching for the next good read. Perhaps one of these will end up on your nightstand or in your e-reader:
In “The Drifter” by Nicholas Petrie, veteran Peter Ash is home from the war in Afghanistan when the widow of a former buddy asks him to help with some repairs around her house. The plot thickens when he finds a suitcase full of cash and explosives under the front porch. That can’t be good (Putnam, $27, 384 pages).
Stock-car racing has been in the blood of three generations of Earnhardts – Ralph, Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. – who created a NASCAR dynasty through victory and tragedy (Dale Sr. was killed in the 2001 Daytona 500). Sportswriter Jay Busbee spells it out in the “full-throttle saga” “Earnhardt Nation” (Harper, $27, 352 pages).
Kevin Hazzard had no clue when he enrolled in a college program and graduated as an emergency medical technician. Nine years of riding in ambulances in Atlanta led to his memoir “A Thousand Naked Strangers” (Scribner, $25, 288 pages).
In his memoir “Into the Magic Shop,” Stanford University neurosurgeon James R. Doty goes far beyond explaining the science of the brain and how it can be “rewired” through mental exercise, and into the realm of how to sharpen our compassionate emotions (Avery, $26, 288 pages; on sale Feb. 2).
In “Seized” by Elizabeth Heiter, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is taken hostage by a cult of survivalists, and discovers to her horror that she’s really a captive of terrorists (Mira, $8, 384 pages).
Authors for the young set
JaNay Brown-Wood for a reading of her children’s book “Imani’s Moon,” noon Feb. 6 at Underground Books, 2814 35th St., Sacramento; 916-737-3333, www.underground-books.com.
Linda Joy Singleton and Danna Smith for “Snow Dog, Sand Dog” and “Mother Goose’s Pajama Party,” respectively, for readings and hands-on crafts, noon Feb. 13 at Face In a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills; 916-941-9401, www.getyourfaceinabook.com.
Attorney Ken Malovos of Sacramento for the legal thriller “Fatal Reunion” (CreateSpace, $11, 292 pages), sequel to “Contempt of Court.”
Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo and Rebecca LaValley for “Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California” (Heyday, $20, 320 pages).
Ernest J. Finney for his collection of stories “Sequoia Gardens” (Southern Methodist University Press, 288 pages).