5 books not to miss this week


Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY scours the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books go on sale Tuesday.

1. “Vladimir”, by Julia May Jonas (Avid Reader Press, fiction)

What is it about : The charismatic husband of a popular English teacher comes under fire for his alleged inappropriate relationships with former students of a small liberal arts college as she falls for a married novelist in this provocative debut novel.

The buzz: “Like the man she chains to a chair in the prologue, once this narrator has you, she won’t let go. A remarkable debut,” says a starred review by Kirkus Reviews.

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2. “I’m Golden” by Eva Chen; illustrated by Sophie Diao (Feiwel & Friends, children’s book)

“I Am Golden,” written by Eva Chen and illustrated by Sophie Diao, tells Mei’s story of finding self-acceptance.

What is it about : Chen, director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, writes a cheerful and beautifully illustrated ode to Chinese-American identity and the immigrant experience.

The buzz: A opinion followed of Publishers Weekly calls it a “loving and moving tribute to how immigrant children can serve as bridges and torchbearers for their communities.”

3. “From Hollywood with Love: The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of the Romantic Comedy”, by Scott Meslow (Dey Street, documentary)

What is it about : This full-throated celebration of one of cinema’s most underrated genres pays homage to romantic comedy, from its heyday of the ’80s and ’90s to its decline and explosive re-emergence with hits like “boobies rich asian.”

The buzz: “A playful homage to a popular and seemingly enduring genre of film,” says Kirkus Reviews.

4. “Why? A Conversation About Race,” by Taye Diggs; illustrated by Shane W. Evans (Feiwel & Friends, children’s book)

Taye Digg

Taye Digg

What is it about : Actor Diggs (“Empire,” “Rent”) strikes up a conversation with young readers about racial injustice.

The buzz: “Evans’ fluid and colorful surreal illustrations add depth and emotion to this cross-generational tale with a hopeful ending,” says Weekly editors.

5. “Black Girls Must Be Magical” by Jayne Allen (Harper Perennial, fiction)

What is it about : In the second installment of the “Black Girls Must Die Exhausted” series, Tabitha Walker finds out she’s pregnant and leans on her friends as she navigates motherhood on her own terms.

The buzz: “This bittersweet treat will be a big hit with female fiction fans,” says Weekly editors.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Taye Diggs Talks Race, Eva Chen Celebrates Immigrants: 5 New Books

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