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6 red-hot new books, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea’s revelatory memoir

There also are great reads by Jenny Slate, Lindy West, Carmen Maria Machado and Tom Brokaw, plus a new collection of Ansel Adams’ Yosemite photos.

New author Flea performing with The Red Hot Chili Peppers Oct. 12 in Hollywood,
New author Flea performing with The Red Hot Chili Peppers Oct. 12 in Hollywood,
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In search of something good to read? Here are six of the hottest new book releases:

“Acid for the Children” by Flea. Grand Central Publishing

‘Acid for the Children’ by Flea

(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.

Click to read an excerpt of “Little Weirds” by Jenny Slate.
Click to read an excerpt of “Little Weirds” by Jenny Slate.
Little Brown and Company

‘Little Weirds’ by Jenny Slate

(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

‘The Witches Are Coming’ by Lindy West

(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.

“In the Dream House” by Carmen Maria Machado.
“In the Dream House” by Carmen Maria Machado.
Graywolf Press

‘In the Dream House’ by Carmen Maria Machado

(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’ Yosemite.” Ansel Adams

‘Ansel Adams’ Yosemite’ by Ansel Adams

(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.

Click for an excerpt of “The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate” by Tom Brokaw.
Click for an excerpt of “The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate” by Tom Brokaw.
Random House

‘The Fall of Richard Nixon’ by Tom Brokaw

(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.

Contributing: AP

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