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 African Lookbook,” by Catherine E. McKinley (Bloomsbury, nonfiction, on sale Jan. 19)

What it’s about: The curator draws on her collection of historical and contemporary photographs of African girls and women for a striking visual history spanning decades.

The buzz: “Packed with arresting images and incisive analysis, this well-conceived survey tells a powerful story of African liberation,” says