5 books not to miss: Billy Porter and Jamie Foxx memoirs, Questlove’s ‘Music Is History’

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Looking for some good reading? Granthshala Barbara Vandenburg The shelves are open for the release of this week’s hottest new books. All books are on sale Tuesday.

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1. “unsafe,” By Billy Porter (Abrams Press, Nonfiction)

what is this about: NS Emmy Winning Actors of “Pose” Shares its story of growing up Black and Gay in a country that was kind to no identity and how the relentless struggle to shape itself into a mere prodigy artist and proud icon.


buzz: “Overcoming Racism, Homophobia, Bullying and Abuse is the Birth of a Theatrical Artist,” says kirkus review.

2. “Music is history,” by Questlove (Abrams Image, nonfiction)

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what is this about:QuestloveDJ and founding member of The Roots – draws on his deep musical expertise and curiosity to create the past 50 years of American history, forging connections between music and contemporary America.

buzz: “A palpable, personal, and resonant journey with a living music encyclopedia,” says kirkus review.

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3. “Act Like You’ve Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me,” by Jamie Foxx (Grand Central, Nonfiction)

what is this about: In this heartwarming memoir, the Academy and Grammy Award-winning entertainer shares her story of growing up under the care of her maternal grandmother and the lessons she learned from raising her two daughters, Corinne and Annelies.

buzz: “Fans and parents alike will get a kick out of it,” says one starred review From Publishers Weekly.

4. “Orwell’s Roses,” By Rebecca Solnit (Viking, Nonfiction)

what is this about: This charmingly refreshing biography of British author and anti-fascist George Orwell (“1984,” “Animal Farm”) traces his life through an avid gardener’s love of roses and a passion for the natural world.

buzz: “A fine Orwell biography with equally fine variety in your favorite leisure activity,” says one starred review From Kirkus Reviews.

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5. “Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol,” by Mallory O’Meara (Hanover Square Press, nonfiction)

what is this about: An insightful, entertaining feminist history of women and wine through the centuries, including the untold stories of the female distillers, bartenders, brewers, and drinkers who helped shape our cultural rituals.

buzz: “Stimulating both thought and laughter, it serves as a refreshment from a master textual mixologist,” says one starred review from publishers weekly.

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