The best books of the week

No Surrender: A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live On Today
Chris Edmonds (nonfiction, HarperOne)
Roddie Edmonds never spoke about his WWII experience — not even to his family. But when his granddaughter was assigned a family history project, author Chris read Roddie’s wartime diaries, interviewed surviving POWs under his dad’s command and uncovered an incredible story of bravery.

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts
Kate Racculia (fiction, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, has died suddenly at a fundraiser. His will promises his fortune to the person who can solve a citywide scavenger hunt of clues he’s left behind.

Holding On to Nothing
Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne (fiction, Blair)
Lucy Kilgore is all set to escape her rural Tennessee town, when one drunken night with Jeptha Taylor changes her plans forever. When she finds out she’s pregnant, the two set about trying to form a family, even if neither of them knows how to do that.

One Day: The Extraordinary Story of An Ordinary 24 Hours in America
Gene Weingarten (nonfiction, Blue Rider Press)
Pulitzer Prize winner Weingarten dismisses the idea that there could be such a thing as an “ordinary” day in his exploration of the events of Dec. 28, 1986. A fascinating look at 24 hours.

Food: What the Heck Should I Cook?
Mark Hyman (Cooking, Little, Brown Spark)
The companion cookbook to the bestselling “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” serves up 100 recipes designed for weight loss, longevity and health.

Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West
H.W. Brands (nonfiction, Basic Books)
An exciting new history of the American West and how it was settled, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush and more.

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