Prince, John Grisham, Anna Faris, Oliver Sacks and Nikki Giovanni Reign!: New Books, Old Favs

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If there was ever a list of new releases that displayed the kind of diversity and breadth that we love about books, it would be this list. We have one of the most intimate books of the personal life of Prince (you never forget your first time hearing a Prince song), as well as the diary entries of Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, following his spiral down into heroin addiction, paranoia, and efforts to draw himself back up; the Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara (#BestSisterEver) have documented their time growing up in the White House, with Secret Service agents following them to college, and Oliver Sacks’ last book that he was working on before his death. If you’re looking for a list of books with any kind of theme, you will not find it here. For this week, here are the list of new releases:

Prince: A Private ViewAfshin Shahidi

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Afshin Shahidi met Prince in 1993, and become his cinematographer, and one of the only people allowed to photograph him, which gave Shahidi a unique access into Prince’s life. With a forward from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, never-before-seen photos, and stories of collaborative efforts between Shahidi and Prince, this does not just offer a us a glimpse into the life of Prince as we knew him, but allows us an unfiltered view into his private world. Be sure to check out our interview with the author.

The Rooster Bar, John Grisham

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Mark, Zola, and Todd wanted to change the world. But now in their third year at a law school where most of the graduates can’t pass the bar exam, they’re disillusioned, in debt, and with the discovery that the same shady hedge-fund manager who owns the school also owns the bank specializing in student loans, they’re starting to realize that they’ve been scammed. But if there is a way out for the three, it would require exposing the bank, the scam, getting out from the crushing debt they’re all in, and they’d have to quit law school to do it, only a few months short of graduating. From the brilliant, always entertaining mind of John Grisham, this one is an intricate read on the legal system.

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life, Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush

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They watched their grandfather become President, and years later, watched their father swear the same oath. Followed in their college years by the Secret Service, and tabloid magazines, this is the first time twins Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush have revealed together what it was like to grow up in the White House, as part of Bush political dynasty. Filled with stories that are deeply personal, this memoir follows their family, loves and losses, adventures, and how their relationship as sisters got them through the tough parts.

The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, Nikki Sixx

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Even ten years after the original publishing date, The Heroin Diaries still remains one of the most gripping, vivid memoirs of all time. When Mötley Crüe was at the height of fame, there wasn’t a single drug that Nikki Sixx wouldn’t try, and resulted in his plunge to rock bottom and drug addiction. Finally making the decision to kick his addiction, The Heroin Diaries follows him during his battle to sober up and get clean. The diary entries from Nikki Sixx are joined by writings from members of Mötley Crüe, ex-managers, and ex-lovers. Though darkly hilarious and comedic, reading each entry brings a new shock, unexpected and full of pain.

UnqualifiedAnna Faris

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Anna Faris has been a staple on our television screens for years: we know (and love) her from playing Cindy in the Scary Movie film series, to her more recent role as the star on sitcom Mom. From awkward stories of her childhood (bribing the fastest boy in third grade with ice cream), to relationships, and careers, Faris gives life advice (don’t date magicians) that you know is real, because she’s been through it. Part memoir, part advice book, fans will recognize and love the unflinching and honest humor from her podcast, Anna Faris is Unqualified. 

A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and LaughterNikki Giovanni

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Nikki Giovanni is one of the most celebrated poets of all time, and in this new book, she approaches where she is now, by looking at where she comes from. Giovanni beautifully and starkly looks at her parents and the violence that plagued their marriage, and the people who helped shaped her into the person she is now: those who saved her, influenced her, showed her meaning and happiness. For fans of Giovanni, or those being introduced to her for the first time, you will not be disappointed by this collection.

The River of Consciousness, Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks, neurologist, psychologist, professor, and critically-acclaimed author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, has one last book for us. The River of Consciousness was one of two books that Sacks was working on when he died in 2015. A collection of essays on a series of topics, this book serves to remind us of just why we love Sacks so much: his ability to make science accessible to everyone, the sheer joy of discovery that he imparted to readers, and his ongoing quest to find just what it is that makes us human.

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Criminal Unit, John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

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Now a major Netflix original television show, this is the original material documenting John E. Douglas’ 25 years working in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where psychological profiling allowed him to get inside the minds of serial killers and criminals all over the country. The model for some of the greatest fictional characters (Jack Crawford from Silence of the Lambs, for example), Douglas has interviewed and studied the worst serial killers and murderers in history. A gripping read, pick this one up for your next thrill.

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Rachel Fogle De Souza was born and raised in Connecticut, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States, before attending college at the University of California, Davis, where she received a B.A. in Comparative Literature, with a double minor in Women, Gender and Sexualities studies, and Middle Eastern/South Asian studies. When she's not writing, she's reading, boxing, or thinking about traveling.

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