Stephen King Novel ‘Fairy Tale’, Maitland Ward’s Memoirs: 5 New Books

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.

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‘Fairy tale’

By Stephen King (Scribner, fiction)

What is it about : Seventeen-year-old Charlie Reade looks like an ordinary high school student, but he’s just inherited a dog sidekick and the keys to a parallel world where a war rages between good and evil.

The buzz: A opinion followed of Kirkus Reviews calls it “a tale both familiar and full of strange and unexpected twists – vintage King, in other words”.

‘Rated X: How porn freed me from Hollywood’

By Maitland Ward (Atria, non-fiction)

What is it about : Ward, who got her start as a teenager on TV shows such as ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ and ‘Boy Meets World’ before transitioning into pornography, offers a sex-positive behind-the-scenes look at both industries .

The buzz: “For open-minded readers, an exceptional story that champions the discovery of freedom in sexuality,” says a opinion followed in Kirkus Reviews.

“All the women in my brain: and other concerns”

By Betty Gilpin (Flatiron, non-fiction)

What is it about : Emmy-nominated actor Gilpin, star of Netflix’s ‘The Hunt’ and ‘GLOW,’ is deeply bizarre and very, very funny in this quirky collection of essays about his childhood, Hollywood and everything in between. the head.

The buzz:Kirkus Reviews calls it “an offbeat tale of lessons from the world of acting”.

‘Having the time of my life’:Jenifer Lewis invites readers to join her “Walking in My Joy”

“The Year of the Tiger: The Life of an Activist”

By Alice Wong (Vintage, non-fiction)

What is it about : Wong shares her journey as an Asian American disability activist, community organizer, founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project in an impressionist memoir of essays and works of art.

The buzz: A opinion followed in Kirkus Reviews calls it “a startlingly innovative and compulsively readable hybrid of memoir, cultural critique and social activism”.

‘Magnolia Flower’

By Zora Neale Hurston; adapted by Ibram X. Kendi; illustrated by Loveis Wise (HarperCollins, fiction)

What is it about : “How to Be an Anti-Racist” author, Kendi, adapts Hurston’s folk tale of a young Afro-Indigenous girl yearning for freedom into a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book.

The buzz: A opinion followed of Publishers Weekly calls it a “visually stunning foray into folklore”.

Irene B. Bowles