Books out this week include: Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $35). The essential Garten cookbook, focusing on the techniques behind her elegant food and easy entertaining style.
The Gate House by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central, $27.99). A follow-up to The Gold Coast continues the story of John Sutter and his ex-wife, back on Long Island's Gold Coast.
A Good Woman by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $27). A journey from the glittering ballrooms of Manhattan to the fires of World War I amid war, loss and one woman's unbreakable spirit.
Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman by Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden and Stephen R. Bissette (St. Martin's, $29.95). A chronicle of the history and impact of the complete works of Neil Gaiman in film, fiction, music and comic books.
Cobain Unseen by Charles R. Cross (Little, Brown, $35). A look inside the mind of rock legend Kurt Cobain, using previously unseen artifacts and photographs from the estate's archives.
Alex & Me by Irene Pepperberg (Collins, $24.95). The story of the researcher and her 31-year adventure with her parrot.
Nothing with Strings: NPR's Beloved Holiday Stories by Bailey White (Scribner, $24). The collection of Baily White's Thanksgiving stories, published together for the first time.
McKettrick Christmas by Linda Lael Miller (HQN, $16.95). Lizzie McKettrick is coming home for Christmas with a special young man, who seems a little too interested in the McKettrick money.