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5 books not to miss this week, including ‘The Night Tiger’ and Toni Morrison’s collection

USA TODAY’s Sarah Day Owen scopes out some of the hottest releases on sale this week:

1. “The Night Tiger,” by Yangsze Choo (Flatiron Books, fiction, on sale Feb. 12)

What it’s about: A magical realism tale set in the 1930s Malaya (what is now Malaysia), Jin Li is working in a dancehall when a shriveled finger comes into her possession. Her story weaves with that of a houseboy, Ren, as mysterious deaths continue and the legend of a were-tiger haunts the local district. 

The buzz: Kirkus Reviews says: “Choo has written a sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world.”

2. “The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations,” by Toni Morrison (Knopf, nonfiction, on sale Feb. 12)

What it’s about: To say Toni Morrison is an award-winning author is an understatement; she’s been honored with a lifetime achievement award by the National Book Critics Circle, a Pulitzer for fiction and the Nobel Prize in literature. This collection of essays, meditations and speeches, over four decades, take on a variety of social issues from the revered Morrison. 

The buzz: “Powerful, highly compelling pieces from one of our greatest writers,” says Kirkus Reviews

3. “Parkland: Birth of a Movement,” by Dave Cullen (Harper, nonfiction, on sale Feb. 12)

What it’s about: Cullen, also the author of “Columbine,” chronicles the #neveragain activism inspired by the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., including March for Our Lives and the passionate response for solutions by the survivors. 

The buzz: Publishers Weekly says: “…this insightful and compassionate chronicle is a fitting testament to a new chapter in American responses

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