Weinstein bio ‘Hollywood Ending’, ‘Normal Family’: 5 new books
Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY Barbara VanDenburgh scour the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books go on sale Tuesday.
‘Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings’
By Chrysta Bilton (Little, Brown and Co, documentary)
What is it about : Each family is dysfunctional in his own way, but Bilton might take the cake. In his fascinating memoir, the author recounts his unconventional upbringing and discovers that his father fathered dozens of children.
The buzz: “A completely captivating page-turner that everyone will want to read. You should probably buy two of these,” says a starred review by Kirkus Reviews.
“The Church of Baseball”:New ‘Bull Durham’ book tells the story of how an unlikely classic was made
“Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence”
By Ken Auletta (Penguin Press, non-fiction)
What is it about : The longtime journalist and media critic delivers a definitive portrait of fallen media mogul Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood power game that enabled the producer’s rampant abuse and sexual assault for decades.
The buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it “a sordid and authoritative biography”.
“The Man Who Could Move the Clouds”
By Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Doubleday, documentary)
What is it about : The ‘Fruit of the Drunken Tree’ author returns with a lyrical memoir of her family’s charged and supernatural history, as she and her mother return to the Colombia they fled to exhume the remains of her grandfather , a community healer who could talk to the dead.
The buzz: “A moving portrayal of family and the power of healing,” says Kirkus Reviews.
What everyone is reading right now:“Where the Crawdads Sing” and a children’s book “Golden Girls”
“Crying in the Bathroom”
By Erika L. Sánchez (Viking, documentary)
What is it about : A confessional memoir in essays by the author of “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” about the childhood of the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago.
The buzz: “A rewarding first memoir in which a sensitive soul finds salvation in poetry and a life in literature,” says Kirkus Reviews.
‘Sister Mother Warrior’
By Vanessa Riley (William Morrow, non-fiction)
What is it about : This far-reaching historical novel brings the Haitian Revolution to life through the experiences of two real-life women: Marie-Claire Bonheur, Haiti’s first Empress; and Gran Toya, an African-born warrior who helped lead the rebellion to drive out the French.
The buzz:The book list calls it “A gripping tale celebrating the strength and resilience of exceptional black women.”