5 new books this week

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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To see what everyone is reading, check out USA TODAY’s list of best-selling books for this week’s bestsellers.

‘Cheese fries’

By Philip Short (Henry Holt and Co., documentary)

What is it about : An unwavering, comprehensive and up-to-date biography of autocratic Russian President Vladimir Putin as he wreaks havoc on the world stage, digging deep to reveal the man behind the mask.

The buzz: A star-studded review for Kirkus Reviews calls it “required reading for anyone interested in global affairs.”

‘How to read now’

By Elaine Castillo (Viking, documentary)

What is it about : ‘America Is Not the Heart’ author Castillo explores the ethics and politics of reading in his new collection of essays, interrogating assumptions and challenging conventional wisdom about what we let’s read and why.

The buzz: “An excellent collection of essays on important topics too often overlooked,” says a star-studded review from Kirkus Reviews.

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“Inventing the It Girl: How Elinor Glyn created modern romance and conquered early Hollywood”

By Hilary A. Hallett (Liveright, nonfiction)

What is it about : This winning biography embraces the little-known life of Elinor Glyn, a pioneering English author who rose to fame through her then-scandalous erotic novels, coined the term “it girl” and became an inspiration for the Roaring Twenties.

The buzz: A star-studded review from Kirkus Reviews calls it “A brilliant and thought-provoking portrait of a forgotten 20th-century influencer.”

“The Half-Life of Valery K”

By Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury, documentary)

What is it about : From the author of “The Kingdoms” comes an epic Cold War novel set in Soviet Russia, where prisoner and former nuclear scientist Valery Kolkhanov studies the effects of radiation on a remote, mysterious town hiding a dangerous secret.

The buzz: A star-studded review for Publishers Weekly calls it “provocative, unsettling” and says, “The spooky outcome seems too plausible.”

“The Light We Carry”:Michelle Obama announces new book

“A Hundred More Girls”

By Iman Hariri-Kia (Landmark Sourcebooks, fiction)

What is it about : In this insider’s look at the fractured media industry, amateur blogger Noora just landed her dream job with Vinyl magazine, but a bad boss and a turf war between old-school print and state-of-the-art digital technology turn his experience into nightmares.

The buzz: “A refreshing take on the classic media insider novel, championing the value of passion and thought over career,” says Kirkus Reviews.

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