5 new books to read now
Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY Barbara vandenburgh covers the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books are on sale Tuesday.
1. “Unprotected” by Billy Porter (Abrams Press, documentary)
What is it about : The Emmy Award Winning Actor for “Pose” shares his story of growing up black and gay in a country that was not kind to either identity and how the constant struggle to just be himself shaped the singular artist and proud icon.
The buzzing: “By overcoming racism, homophobia, bullying and abuse, a theater star was born,” says Kirkus Reviews.
2. “Music is history” by Questlove (Abrams Image, documentary)
What is it about :Questlove – DJ and founding member of The Roots – draws on his deep musical expertise and curiosity to create an American history of the past 50 years, making connections between music and contemporary America.
The buzzing: “A palimpsestic journey, personal and resonating with a living musical encyclopedia”, says Kirkus Reviews.
3. “Act like you have common sense: and other things my daughters taught me” by Jamie Foxx (Grand Central, documentary)
What is it about : In these heartfelt memoirs, the Oscar and Grammy-winning artist tells his story of growing up under the care of his pragmatic grandmother and the lessons he learned while raising his two daughters, Corinne and Anelise.
The buzzing: “Fans and parents will enjoy it,” says a star-studded review from Publishers Weekly.
4. “The roses of Orwell”, by Rebecca Solnit (Viking, non-fiction)
What is it about : This charming and fresh biography of British author and anti-fascist George Orwell (“1984”, “Animal Farm”) traces his life through the passionate gardener’s love for roses and his passion for the natural world.
The buzzing: “A nice biography of Orwell with equally fine diversions into his favorite hobby,” says a star-studded review by Kirkus Avis.
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5. “Drinks for Girls: A Global History of Women and Alcohol”, by Mallory O’Meara (Hanover Square Press, documentary)
What is it about : An insightful and entertaining feminist story of women and alcohol through the ages, including untold stories of women stills, bartenders, brewers and drinkers who have helped shape our cultural drinking rituals.
The buzzing: “Provoking both thought and laughter, it serves as the invigorating refreshment of a master textual mixologist,” says a star-studded review of Editors Weekly.