Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburgh explores the shelves for this week’s hottest new books. All books go on sale December 28.
1. “Here is for us” by Becky Albertalli and Adam silvera (Quill Tree books, fiction)
What is it about : The writers of the YA romance âWhat If This Was Usâ continue the story of former boyfriends Arthur and Ben, who are brought back into each other’s orbit. They’re both taken, sort of – but is the universe trying to bring them together?
The buzzing: “A wish worthy of the name that ticks all the right boxes”, declares a starred review by Kirkus Avis.
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2. “Find your unicorn space: reclaim your creative life in a world that is too busy” by Eve Rodsky (Putnam, documentary)
What is it about : The author of “Fair Play” offers a guide to creating time and prioritizing “unicorn space” – the pursuit of creative self-expression – in an already busy life.
The buzzing: “Whimsical design details and plenty of stories complete an attractive package,” says Editors Weekly.
3. “She raised her voice !: 50 black women who sang their way into music history”, by Jordannah Elizabeth; illustrated by Briana Dengoue (Running Press Kids, documentary)
What is it about : This fully illustrated, mid-level anthology celebrates 50 strong black female singers through the history of jazz, hip-hop, pop and opera, inspiring young readers to find their own voices.
The buzzing:Kirkus Reviews calls it a “festive and informative tribute to courageous and pioneering black singers.”
4. “My dear husband”, by Kimberly Belle (Park Row Books, fiction)
What is it about : Jade and Cam Lasky are obviously a happy couple. But a masked invader reveals the marriage flaws when a demanded ransom reveals the family isn’t as financially secure as it seems – but why?
The buzzing: “Belle knows how to turn the pages,” said Editors Weekly, calling it a “gripping thriller”.
5. “Criminal mischief” by Stuart Woods (Putnam, fiction)
What is it about : Stone Barrington’s latest novel finds the lawyer in an international lawsuit after the mastermind of a Ponzi scheme.
The buzzing: “Woods fans will get their money’s worth,” says Editors Weekly.