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, unless otherwise noted.
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“Die of politeness”
By Geena Davis (HarperOne, non-fiction)
What is it about : The Oscar-winning actor and star of classics such as “Thelma & Louise” and “A League of Their Own” shares her journey from a polished childhood to Hollywood powerhouse and championing women’s rights.
The buzz: “An entertaining and bubbling memoir”, says Kirkus Reviews.
By Alan Moore (Bloomsbury, fictional)
What is it about : The wild-haired, comic book-mad occultist (“Watchmen,” “From Hell”) releases his first-ever collection of fictional shorts, nine gripping stories about otherworldly creatures, paranormal investigators, and, well, sure, the comic book industry.
The buzz: “The loss of the superhero genre is the gain of fantasy fiction,” says a opinion followed from Publishers Weekly.
“Viral Justice: How We Build the World We Want”
By Ruha Benjamin (Princeton University Press, nonfiction)
What is it about : In a book that is part memoir, part manifesto that exists at the intersection of race, justice and technology, the Princeton professor offers an inspiring look at how small daily habits can transform society for the best.
The buzz: A opinion followed for Kirkus Reviews calls it “a powerful and urgent plea for individual responsibility in an unjust world”.
“Our missing hearts”:Celeste Ng brings humanity and sweetness to the dystopian novel
By Lydia Millet (Norton, fiction)
What is it about : From the author of ‘A Children’s Bible’ comes a novel about a man named Gil, who, heartbroken by a breakup, leaves Manhattan for Arizona, where he lets down his defenses and begins to connect with nearby family. .
The buzz: “Another work that affirms the life of a writer who always forges her own literary path,” says a opinion followed by Kirkus Reviews.
By Catriona Ward (Tor Nightfire, out October 11)
What is it about : In the early 20th century, a cult on a Scottish island prepares for the end of the world and engages in rituals to honor the Adder. All want his power, but young Eve goes out of her way to get it, resulting in a gruesome massacre, a sacred ceremony gone wrong, and twisted revelations.
The buzz: “Horror fans won’t want to miss this,” says one opinion followed from Publishers Weekly.
Contributor: Brian Truitt, USA TODAY