The best books of the week


Jasper Fforde (fiction, Viking)
Each winter, the human population hibernates for four months. Charlie Worthing is a Winter Consul, one of the few people in charge of keeping everyone safe while they sleep. But then people start having dreams that kill them.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
Anissa Gray (fiction, Berkley)
Althea, Viola and Lillian are the Butler sisters, well-known and respected. But when Althea is suddenly arrested, Lillian and Viola return to their childhood home to help raise Althea’s teenage daughters.

House of Beauty
Melba Escobar (fiction, Fourth Estate)
A bestseller in Colombia, this crime title by a newspaper journalist has now been translated into English. House of Beauty is Bogota’s most exclusive salon, and stylist Karen knows her clients’ secrets. But when a teenage client turns up at the salon one day and is found dead the next, it turns out Karen was the last person to see her alive.

The Dreamers
Karen Thompson Walker (fiction, Random House)
A mysterious sickness is striking down the residents of a Southern California hill town; people are falling asleep and not waking up. The town is cordoned off while scientists try to figure out what’s causing the illness

In Putin’s Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia’s Eleven Time Zones
Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler (nonfiction, St. Martin’s Press)
After taking over from Boris Yeltsin in 1999, Vladimir Putin traveled to almost two dozen countries to attempt to connect with ordinary Russians. In this book, Taylor, who has long reported on Russia, and Nikita Khrushchev’s great-granddaughter recreate the journey.

Drug Warrior: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo and the Rise of America’s Opioid Crisis
Jack Riley and Mitch Weiss (nonfiction, Hachette)
DEA Agent Jack Riley details his decades-long hunt for the notorious “El Chapo” (among other drug kingpins) in this page-turning memoir.