In search of something good to read? Here are six of the hottest new book releases:
(Grand Central Publishing, nonfiction, $30)
What it’s about: Flea, bassist and co-founder of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, writes with wit and candor of his childhood in Melbourne, Australia, through a restless adolescence, up to the forming of his now-famous band.
The buzz: “Relentlessly honest, untamed and often revelatory,” Kirkus Reviews says.
(Little, Brown and Company, nonfiction, $27)
What it’s about: Actress/comedian Jenny Slate (“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” “Obvious Child”) brings whimsy and bracing honesty to a bizarre nonfiction narrative collection, touching on her childhood, growing up in a haunted house and divorce. Impossible to categorize, just like Slate.
The buzz: “Adjust your expectation of a run-of-the-mill memoir,” The Associated Press says. “Her ability to paint a meticulous mental picture with nothing but words on a page can only be described as gifted.”
(Hachette Books, nonfiction, $27)
What it’s about: An essay collection from the feminist firebrand behind the memoir “Shrill” (adapted into the Hulu series).
The buzz: “Satirical, raw and unapologetically real, West delivers the bittersweet truths on contemporary living,” Kirkus Reviews says. Lindy West is doing a ticketed reading through Women & Children First bookstore at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson Ave.
(Graywolf Press, nonfiction, $26)
What it’s about: Memoir from the acclaimed author of “Her Body and Other Parties” that offers a searing account of an abusive queer relationship in the context of culture and history.
The buzz: “Uneasy but powerful reading,” a USA Today review says. Carmen Maria Machado is doing a reading through Women & Children First bookstore at 7 p.m. Friday at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. Pre-registration and a book purchase are required.
(Ansel Adams, nonfiction, $40)
What it’s about: This sequence of photos — as selected by Ansel Adams before he died in 1984 — has never been published in book form before. The legendary photographer visited Yosemite National Park yearly, and it’s where he met his wife-to-be in 1921, according to his son Michael Adams, born there in 1933.
The buzz: “You get a great sense of how much Yosemite meant to him,” says Pete Souza, who was President Barack Obama’s chief White House photographer and wrote the foreword.
(Random House, nonfiction, $27)
What it’s about: The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor conjures the impeachment drama, 45 years ago, surrounding a president who used nefarious means to undermine opponents, lied in his defense and excoriated the press for his self-inflicted woes.
The buzz: Among the juicy tidbits: In 1969, future felon H.R. “Bob” Haldeman offered Brokaw the job of press secretary to President Richard Nixon.
Read more at USA Today.