In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books are on sale Tuesday.
1. “This Is the Fire:What I Say to My Friends About Racism,” by Don Lemon (Little, Brown, nonfiction)
What it’s about: The host of “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” and one of only two Black national cable news anchors, poses solutions to the urgent question: How can we end racism in our lifetime?
The buzz:A starred review for Kirkus Reviews calls it “a vital book for these times” and says Lemon “astutely diagnoses our nation’s greatest malady.”
2. “Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Amanda L. Tyler (University of California Press, nonfiction)
What it’s about: A collection of briefs, oral arguments, opinions, lectures and speeches from the late Supreme Court justice that traces her lifelong fight for equality.
The buzz: “An informative perspective on a tireless advocate for fairness and equity,” says Kirkus Reviews.
3. “Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic,” by Glenn Frankel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, nonfiction)
What it’s about: A masterful and detailed film history of the groundbreaking 1969 X-rated Oscar winner starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.
The buzz: “Frankel puts it all together with narrative verve, telling a propulsive tale about creativity,…