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5 books not to miss: Oprah Winfrey’s ‘The Path Made Clear,’ Maisie Dobbs’ ‘White Elephant’

In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases.

1. “The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose,” by Oprah Winfrey (Flatiron Books, nonfiction, on sale March 26)

What it’s about: Life advice from a woman with one of the most enviable lives that’s ever been lived? We’re listening. Winfrey shares personal stories, gathers insights from renowned figures and lays out a plan for self-actualization, with tips to achieve not just a successful life, but a significant one.

The buzz: Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jay-Z and Ellen DeGeneres are some of the famous figures Winfrey taps for insights. 

2. “The American Agent: A Maisie Dobbs Novel,” by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper, fiction, on sale March 26)

What it’s about: In the f15th book in Winspear’s winning mystery series, heroine Maisie Dobbs, a volunteer ambulance driver in WWII-era London, investigates the murder of an American war correspondent.

The buzz: “In Winspear’s capable hands, Maisie has evolved into a deeply sympathetic character. Readers will eagerly await her next outing,” says Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

3. “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,” by Damon Young (Ecco, nonfiction, on sale March 26)

What it’s about: Co-founder and editor in chief of, Young has proven himself an astute cultural observer and writer on race. This provocative, humorous and incisive memoir in essays examines what it means to be a black man in America today.

The buzz: In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says, “Young’s charm and wit make these essays a pleasure to read; his candid approach makes

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