Are you looking for something good to read? USA Today Barbara Vandenberg Explore the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books are on sale Tuesday unless otherwise noted.
For more new book recommendations to read, check out our fall book guide featuring the season’s 20 most exciting books; Our favorite books of 2022 so far; fall’s most popular romantic comedies, including Jasmine Guillory’s “Drunk on Love” and Elena Armas’ “The American Roommate Experiment”; And the coolest celebrity memoirs released this year from Jennette McCurdy, Kenny Loggins, Kristen Quinn, Jennifer Gray and more.
To see what others are reading, check out our USA TODAY bestseller list for this week’s bestsellers.
“A woman without shame”:Sandra Cisneros talks about sexual desires and feeling ’empowered in my sixties’
Our lost hearts
Written by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, novelist)
What is it about: The bestselling author of “Little Fires Everywhere” returns with a dystopian story set in the near future, when the Asian-American government is marked by mistrust and their art is being destroyed. Twelve-year-old Bird doesn’t ask many questions after his mother, a Chinese-American poet, leaves the family. But a mysterious message sends him on a mission to find her.
commotion: A starred review for Publishers Weekly reads: “The latest Ng swaying and buzzing until the end.”
make a scene
Written by Constance Wu (Scribner, Nonfiction)
What is it about: The “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians” star, who recently revealed that she survived a suicide attempt after a backlash on social media, offers a raw behind-the-scenes look at her experience as an Asian American in the entertainment industry and shaping her identity in the public eye.
commotion: “Fans will feel lucky to be in the action,” says Publishers Weekly.
“Go Boldly: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder”
Written by William Shatner with Joshua Brandon (Atria, Nonfiction)
What is it about: In a new collection of essays, the 91-year-old “Star Trek” legend uses his joy of exploration and sense of wonder as he reflects on his extraordinary life.
commotion: The Weekly Publishing House calls it “a refreshingly self-aware portrait of a man determined to live every moment to the fullest.”
black girl icon
By Danielle Prescod (Little A, Nonfiction, Out Now)
What is it about: The former BET style director provides a striking account of her upbringing in the elite white community and her career in fashion, where racist beauty standards are the norm. After decades of assimilation and being the “symbolic black girl” in the industry, she decided to confront her social conditioning.
commotion: One starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it “a sharp, honest, and unique memoir about body image, fashion, and blackness.”
These freedoms cannot be taken for granted:The authors of most books banned in the United States speak their mind
The hero of this book
Written by Elizabeth McCracken (Echo, Novelist)
What is it about: An anonymous narrator wanders the streets of London and contemplates her late mother’s life and everything that made her extraordinary in a book that blurs the line between memoir and fantasy from the author of “The Giant’s House” and “Bowlaway.”
commotion: “A novel? A memoir? Who cares. It’s a great story, beautifully told,” says Kirkus Reviews.