5 books not to miss: Nick Offerman, John le Carré's final novel and more this week – USA TODAY

In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books are on sale Oct. 12.
1. “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside​,” by Nick Offerman (Dutton, nonfiction)
What it’s about: Actor, writer and humorist Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) takes a trip across the Land of the Free for some deep meditations on our relationship to the land, from backyards to  majestic national parks.
The buzz: “A hoot and a half for fans of sometimes-hapless wandering,” says Kirkus Reviews.
2. “On Animals,” by Susan Orlean (Avid Reader Press, nonfiction)
What it’s about: A collection of stories from the author of “The Orchid Thief” and “The Library Book” about how humanity lives alongside animals, including the chickens in Orlean’s own backyard, the 23 tigers one New Jersey woman keeps as pets and the world’s most famous whale.
The buzz: “Another winner featuring the author’s trademark blend of meticulous research and scintillating writing,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
3. “Silverview,” by John le Carré (Viking, fiction)
What it’s about: Julian Lawndsley leaves his city job for a simpler life running a bookstore in a seaside English town. There he meets Edward, an odd Polish émigré and schoolmate of his father who was recruited into the Service, but Julian senses something is off. This is the late master of spy fiction’s final, posthumous novel.
The buzz: “This is a fitting coda to a remarkable career,” says Publishers Weekly.
4. “The Brides of Maracoor,” by Gregory Maguire (William Morrow, fiction)
What it’s about: “Wicked” author Maguire debuts the first novel in a three-book series featuring the Wicked Witch of the West Elphaba’s granddaughter, Rain, who washes ashore a foreign island with little memory and is taken in by a mysterious community of women.
The buzz: “An expertly crafted introduction to a new series of magic and adventure,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
5. “No One Will Miss Her,” by Kat Rosenfield (William Morrow, fiction)
What’s it about: Lizzie Oullette, the most hated woman in her rural Maine town, is dead. Her husband is missing and the community is scandalized, and there’s a strange connection with famous social media influencer and disgraced billionaire’s wife, Adrienne Richards.
The buzz: “Rosenfield shines a searing light on issues of classism, jealousy, and squandered potential,” says a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

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