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.
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)
what is this about:Questlove – DJ 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.
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.