6 books not to miss, including novels from Jennifer Weiner and ‘BoJack Horseman’ creator

Or maybe you’d be interested in Aleksandar Hemon’s 2-books-in-1 memoir, inspiration from The Try Guys or the latest from Kelsey Rae Dimberg or Mark Haddon.

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Kirkus Reviews calls Jennifer Weiner’s new novel “Mrs. Everything” “an ambitious look at how women’s roles have changed — and stayed the same — over the last 70 years.”

Kirkus Reviews calls Jennifer Weiner’s new novel “Mrs. Everything” “an ambitious look at how women’s roles have changed — and stayed the same — over the last 70 years.”

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In search of something good to read? Here are six of the hottest new book releases:

‘Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory’ by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Knopf, fiction, $25.95

What it’s about: “BoJack Horseman” is one of the best Netflix series ever, thanks to the subversive genius of creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg. Now, he’s out with a collection of absurd stories about love, told with the scathingly dark humor and heart fans of his series will recognize.

Buzz: “These stories are at times poignant and triumphantly silly but always manage to ring true,” Publishers Weekly writes.

Raphael Bob-Waksberg.

Raphael Bob-Waksberg.

“Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner.

“Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner.

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‘Mrs. Everything’ by Jennifer Weiner

Atria, fiction, $28

What it’s about: Jennifer Weiner’s ambitious novel charts the course of two sisters’ lives through modern American history. As kids, Jo is the bookish tomboy and Bethie the feminine good girl. But Vietnam, Woodstock, the women’s liberation movement and life in general change the course of their dreams. Can these women still find their happily-ever-afters?

Buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it “an ambitious look at how women’s roles have changed — and stayed the same — over the last 70 years.”

‘My Parents: An Introduction’ / ‘This Does Not Belong to You’ by Aleksandar Hemon

Farrar Straus Giroux, fiction, $28

What it’s about: Aleksandar Hemon’s memoir movingly portrays his Bosnian family’s experience as refugees in “My Parents: An Introduction” while, in a separate collection in the same book, “This Does Not Belong to You,” also looking at that country’s history.

Buzz: “The two-books-in-one format is not the only unusual trait in Hemon’s newest, most delving nonfiction work,” Booklist writes. “He also incorporates the complicated histories of Bosnia and Yugoslavia, studded with cultural touchstones, in his ardently precise and analytical portraits of his parents [and] . . . deepens the art of the vignette with sensuous and emotional veracity as he shares scorching moments from his Sarajevo childhood . . . . all conveyed with Hemon’s signature intensity, mordant wit and creative bite.” Hemon’s book-launch party will be at 7 p.m. June 27 at Women & Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St.

Aleksandar Hemon.

Aleksandar Hemon.

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‘The Hidden Power of F*--ing Up’ by The Try Guys

Dey Street Books, nonfiction, $24.99

What it’s about: The Try Guys achieved viral success with videos that take them hilariously outside their comfort zones to try new things. Now, Keith, Ned, Zach and Eugene share what they’ve learned in an inspirational self-improvement guide that encourages people to embrace embarrassment and let go their fear of failure.

Buzz: They’ve got nearly 6 million YouTube subscribers — what more buzz do they need? The Try Guys bring their “Legends of the Internet” show to the Chicago Theater at 7:30 p.m. June 27.

The Try Guys.

The Try Guys.

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‘The Girl in the Rearview Mirror’ by Kelsey Rae Dimberg

William Morrow, fiction, $26.99

What it’s about: Finn Hunt escapes her old life and finds a job as nanny to the young granddaughter of an important senator in this novel by Kelsey Ray Dimberg. She grows close to the family — especially the senator’s dashing ex-football-player son. But the family’s gleaming facade hides an ugly truth, and Finn gets caught in a web of deceit.

The buzz: Publishers Weekly calls it a “dizzyingly twisty debut” with a “bombshell final betrayal.”

‘The Porpoise’ by Mark Haddon

Doubleday, fiction, $27.95

What it’s about: When the pregnant wife of an ultra-wealthy man dies in a plane crash, the widower becomes obsessed with their teenage daughter. The latest from the author of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a fantastical story that mirrors Greek mythology to explore the theme of female agency.

Buzz: “The prose is exquisite and elevates this story that blends reality and mythology to great effect,” Publishers Weekly writes.

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