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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 June 22. // 'TUESDAY' FOR PRINT //

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1. “Filthy Animals,” by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead, fiction)

What it’s about: The Booker Prize finalist and author of “Real Life” returns with a collection of linked stories set among complex young creatives in the Midwest and observing their fraught relationships.

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The buzz: “Full of beauty and harshness, the complex and startling stories of 'Filthy Animals' will stick with readers long after the pages are read,” says a ★★★★ (out of four) review for USA TODAY.

2. “Dream Girl,” by Laura Lippman (William Morrow, fiction)

What it’s about: Novelist Gerry Andersen, injured in a fall, is confined to a hospital bed when he gets a mysterious call from a woman claiming to be the “real” Aubrey, the main character from his popular book – only there is no real Aubrey.

The buzz: “Lippman’s sharp and timely thriller is a fast read, one that will surely please her many longtime devotees as well as attract new and enthusiastic fans,” says a ★★★½ review for USA TODAY. 

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3. “The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear,” by Kate Moore (Sourcebooks, nonfiction)

What it’s about: From the author of “Radium Girls” comes the story of Elizabeth Packard, a 19th-century mother of six who battled the legal system when her husband had her involuntarily committed to an insane asylum with other “difficult” women.

The buzz: “A vivid look at the life and times of a little-known pioneer of women’s rights,” says Kirkus Reviews.

4. “What White People Can Do Next,” by Emma Dabiri (Harper Perennial, nonfiction)

What it’s about: A practical guide to creating an antiracist world in essays that expose the ways many people are complicit and outline actions that can affect lasting change.

The buzz: “A must-read for anyone seeking to be an agent of much-needed societal change,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

5. “Blush,” by Jamie Brenner (Putnam, fiction)

What it’s about: As the Hollander Estates winery struggles to stay in business, three generations of Hollander women – Vivian, Leah and Sadie – distract themselves from worries by starting a “trashy” book club for scandalous novels of yore.

The buzz: “A perfect beach read about a family crisis resolved by women,” says Kirkus Reviews.

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These are the great new books of 2021 that got ★★★½ and ★★★★ (out of four) reviews from USA TODAY critics, starting with

“The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA's Challenger Disaster,” by Kevin Cook · ★★★★ · "Cook’s crisply crafted journalism and perceptive take on the personalities that shaped the Challenger mission – along with NASA’s struggles and failures – make for a riveting narrative and complex cross-weave of themes." Read the review.

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“How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America,” by Clint Smith · ★★★½ · "By traveling to former plantations, cemeteries and beach communities and dealing with Confederate monuments, prison conditions and Lost Cause nostalgia, Smith, a staff writer at 'The Atlantic', aims to show how what happened scarcely over 150 years ago can’t help but cast a shadow on what’s going on now, especially not when for the price of a bus ticket you can be taken back to the scenes of the crime." Read the review

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“King Richard: An American Tragedy,” by Michael Dobbs · ★★★★ · "This fast-paced opus would be a rollicking fun read, a beach book even, if it weren’t so doggone real – and if it wasn’t so reminiscent of recent machinations in our nation’s capital. But fun or not, this is an important book at this moment in our tortured political history." Read the review.

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“One Last Stop,” by Casey McQuiston · ★★★½ · “'Red, White and Royal Blue' author McQuiston has done it again, thoughtfully crafting complex and lovable characters that fall in love under unique circumstances." Read the review.

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“The Bookshop of Second Chances,” by Jackie Fraser · ★★★½ · "Author Fraser proves love is often best the second time around with a romance that is perfectly realistic about imperfectly real people." Read the review.

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“Talk Bookish to Me,” by Kate Bromley · ★★★½ · "Bromely does a deft job at keeping the twists and turns of this reunion realistic and utterly romantic." Read the review.

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“Films of Endearment: A Mother, a Son and the '80s Films That Defined Us,” by Michael Koresky · ★★★½ · “'Films of Endearment' moves with a beautiful universality that will inspire readers not only to revisit the '80s films of the book, but to set out on film journeys of their own." Read the review.

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"Project Hail Mary," by Andy Weir · ★★★½ · "'Hail Mary' has the same strong storytelling as 'The Martian' and if you dug Weir’s original self-published hit or the Oscar-nominated Matt Damon film, get ready to enjoy this, too." Read the review.

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"Little and Often," by Trent Preszler · ★★★★ · "'Little and Often' proves to be a rich tale of self-discovery and reconciliation. Resonating with Robert Pirsig’s classic 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,' it is a profound father-and-son odyssey that discovers the importance of the beauty of imperfection and small triumphs that make extraordinary happen." Read the review.

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"Broken (in the best possible way)," by Jenny Lawson · ★★★★ · "'Broken' is Lawson at her best. The blogger, humorist and author – whose books include 'Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,' 'Furiously Happy' and 'You Are Here' –  has written a collection of essays that beautifully balances belly laughs with gut-wrenching truths." Read the review.

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"The Five Wounds," by Kirstin Valdez Quade · ★★★½ · “'Wounds' is based on a story in Quade’s excellent 2015 debut collection, 'Night at the Fiestas,' and for her first novel she expands the cast of characters while intensifying the traumas." Read the review.

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"Red Island House," by Andrea Lee · ★★★½ · "'Red Island House' becomes a unique, surprising work – at once a psychological novel, a novel of place and a novel about relationships." Read the review.

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"Honey Girl," by Morgan Rogers · ★★★★ · "Sprinkled with stardust, Rogers’ prose is poetic, earnest and existential, making for a coming-of-age story that reminds us we figure out who we are and what our place is in the world over and over." Read the review.

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“Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic,” by Glenn Frankel · ★★★★ · "A masterfully structured study bursting with detail and context... Frankel puts it all together with narrative verve, telling a propulsive tale about creativity, commerce and loss." Read the review.

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“Dial A for Aunties,” by Jesse Q. Sutanto · ★★★★ · "Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup." Read the review.

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Siri, Who Am I?," by Sam Tschida · ★★★½ · "Tschida took me on a wild ride in the quick read with endless turns and a happily-ever-after ending fit for a Friday night, feel-good rom-com movie." Read the review.

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These are the great new books of 2021 that got ★★★½ and ★★★★ (out of four) reviews from USA TODAY critics, starting with "Klara and the Sun," by Kazuo Ishiguro · ★★★½ · "'Klara and the Sun' is 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by way of Steven Spielberg’s 'A.I.' absent sentimentality. No honest observer of humanity will be much surprised by the endpoint of Klara’s journey, though the emotional gut-punch might still come as a shock." Read the review.
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Meet You in the Middle," by Devon Daniels · ★★★½ · "Set in Washington DC in the aftermath of the polarizing 2016 election, 'Meet You in the Middle' feels more timely than ever following the even-more-divisive 2020 election." Read the review.

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"The Girls Are All So Nice Here," by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn · ★★★★ · "'The Girls Are All So Nice Here' kept me up all night – literally. I tore through the book in less than 24 hours, forcing my eyes to stay open as if the remaining pages wouldn't be there in the morning." Read the review.

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The Dating Plan," by Sara Desai · ★★★½ · "Sara Desai returns with another thoughtful, goofy and sexy enemies-to-lovers plot that explores first crushes, second chances and familial love." Read the review.

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"The Four Winds," by Kristin Hannah · ★★★½ · "'The Four Winds' is epic and transporting, a stirring story of hardship and love that is likely to lead to a film adaptation." Read the review.
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The Sky Blues," by Robbie Couch · ★★★½ · "'The Sky Blues' is exactly the kind of teenage romantic comedy that LGBTQ youth – really all youth – need right now." Read the review.

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"Mike Nichols: A Life," by Mark Harris · ★★★½ · "Harris, a proven scholar of Hollywood, writes brilliantly and gathers momentum with deeply researched, fascinating forensic passages about the challenges and conflicts of Nichols’ great projects." Read the review.

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"The Removed," by Brandon Hobson · ★★★½ · "It’s a surprisingly magnetic and eerie book, like a concrete brick that cracks open to reveal a sparkling geode, throwing off a strange light." Read the review.

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"Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It," by Ethan Kross · ★★★½ · "Kross may be a scientist by trade, but with 'Chatter' he proves himself a deft storyteller who, through levity and wit, creates an easily digestible work on the brain, how it works and how we can quiet our often relentless chatter." Read the review.

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"Let Me Tell You What I Mean," by Joan Didion · ★★★★ · "Slim and elegant as Didion’s public persona remains at age 86, the book traces her journey and development as a writer of magisterial (a word she would never use) command and finely measured style." Read the review.

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"The Prophets," by Robert Jones Jr. · ★★★★ · "'The Prophets' is packed with otherworldly and supremely artful storytelling, and readers will surely get lost in a radiant romance." Read the review.

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"A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself," by Peter Ho Davies · ★★★½ · "The bulk of this slim, gemlike novel is about the son that the parents (all unnamed) do have, constructed from the brief scenes of joy, exasperation and fear that define parenthood." Read the review.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 5 books not to miss: Brandon Taylor’s ‘Filthy Animals,’ Laura Lippman thriller 'Dream Girl'

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