Constance Wu memoir, Celeste Ng’s ‘Our Missing Hearts’: 5 new books



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 unless otherwise noted.

For more new must-read book recommendations, check out our fall books guide of the 20 most exciting books of the season; our favorite books of 2022 so far; fall’s most swoon-worthy rom-coms, including Jasmine Guillory’s “Drunk on Love” and Elena Armas’ “The American Roommate Experiment”; and the juiciest celebrity memoirs released this year from Jennette McCurdy, Kenny Loggins, Christine Quinn, Jennifer Grey and more. 

To see what everyone else is reading, check out the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list for this week’s bestsellers.

‘Woman Without Shame’: Sandra Cisneros talks sexual desires and feeling ’empowered in my 60s’

‘Our Missing Hearts’

By Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, fiction)

What it’s about: The bestselling author of “Little Fires Everywhere” returns with a dystopian tale set in the near future, when Asian Americans are marked by the government with distrust and their art is destroyed. Twelve-year-old Bird doesn’t ask too many questions after his mother, a Chinese American poet, leaves the family. But a mysterious letter sends him on a quest to find her.

The buzz: “Ng’s latest crackles and sizzles all the way to the end,” says a starred review for Publishers Weekly.

‘Making a Scene’ 

By Constance Wu (Scribner, nonfiction)

What it’s about: The star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” who recently revealed that she survived a suicide attempt after a social media backlash, offers a raw, behind-the-scenes look at her experience as an Asian American in the entertainment industry and shaping her identity in the public eye. 

The buzz: “Fans will feel lucky to be in on the action,” says Publishers Weekly.

‘Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder’

By William Shatner with Joshua Brandon (Atria, nonfiction)

What it’s about: In a new collection of essays, the 91-year-old “Star Trek” legend taps into his joy of exploration and sense of wonder as he reflects back on his extraordinary life.

The buzz: Publishers Weekly calls it “a refreshingly self-aware portrait of a man determined to live every moment to the fullest.”

‘Token Black Girl’

By Danielle Prescod (Little A, nonfiction, out now) 

What it’s about: The former BET style director gives an eye-opening account of growing up in an elite white community and her career in fashion, where racist beauty standards are the norm. After decades of assimilation and being the industry’s “Token Black Girl,” she decided to confront her social conditioning.

The buzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it “a trenchant, honest, and unique memoir about body image, fashion, and Blackness.”

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‘The Hero of this Book’

By Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco, fiction)

What it’s about: An unnamed narrator wanders the streets of London and reflects on her late mother’s life and all that made her extraordinary in a book that blurs the line between memoir and fiction from the author of “The Giant’s House” and “Bowlaway.”

The buzz: “Novel? Memoir? Who cares. It’s a great story, beautifully told,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.



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