Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars,’ Amber Ruffin’s ‘Racist Stories’: 5 new must-read books – USA TODAY

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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 Tuesday.

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 Timothy Janovsky’s “You’re a Mean One, Matthew Prince” and Amy E. Reichert’s “Once Upon a December”; and the juiciest celebrity memoirs released this year from Tom Felton, Geena Davis, William Shatner, Constance Wu, Jennette McCurdy and more. 

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

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‘The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book’

By Jerry Seinfeld (Simon & Schuster, nonfiction)

What it’s about: A beautifully packaged, behind-the-scenes look at the comedian’s popular streaming series, which has drawn some of the world’s funniest people including Larry David, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy and dozens more to talk – over coffee and in cars, of course.

The buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it “an amiable, largely amusing ramble down the back roads of the comedian’s art.”

‘The World Record Book of Racist Stories’

By Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar (Grand Central, nonfiction)

What it’s about: Comedian Ruffin of “The Amber Ruffin Show” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” with her sister offer a collection of hilarious and absurd intergenerational stories about their family’s everyday experiences of racism.

The buzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it “an excellent look at lived experiences of Black Americans that should be required reading for all Americans.”

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‘One Jump at a Time’

By Nathan Chen (Harper, nonfiction)

What it’s about: The Olympic gold medalist tells his story and the challenges he faced growing up a Chinese American figure skater, the sacrifices his immigrant family made to support him, and the physical and mental toll the sport has taken on him.

The buzz: “Skating fans will relish Chen’s behind-the-scenes knowledge,” says Publishers Weekly.

‘Two Wrongs Make a Right’

By Chloe Liese (Berkley, fiction)

What it’s about: Opposites attract in this rom-com reimagining of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Jamie and Bea have nothing in common save their shared desire to show up their matchmaker friends who think they’re perfect for each other. 

The buzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it “an effervescent reimagining of the Bard packaged in an opposites-attract romance.”

‘The Choice’

By Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press, fiction)

What it’s about: In the third and final book in Roberts’ “The Dragon Heart Legacy” series, the defeated dark god Odran still casts a shadow over the magical world of Talamh, and Breen must prepare for one final battle. 

The buzz: Publishers Weekly calls it “a rewarding outing for old and new fans alike.”