- Is the U.S. prepared for the next disaster? New book ‘Disasterology’ asks the hard questionsby USA TODAY on August 5, 2021 at 9:48 pm
“Disasterology” author Samantha Montano Montano is an expert on the intersectionality of disasters, climate change and media.
- A town without cell phones? ‘The Quiet Zone’ explores West Virginia’s ‘magnet for weirdos’by USA TODAY on August 4, 2021 at 7:58 pm
In “The Quiet Zone,” Stephen Kurczy explores Green Bank, W.Va., one of Earth’s least-connected places, and finds a “magnet for weirdos.”
- Review: Even a great Adam Driver and cool Sparks tunes can’t save the very weird ‘Annette’by USA TODAY on August 4, 2021 at 3:02 pm
The musical ‘Annette’ features a great turn from Adam Driver as a bad-boy standup and a bunch of cool Sparks song but never finds the right harmony.
- Sarah, Duchess of York channels history of rebellion, royalty and red hair into debut novelby USA TODAY on August 3, 2021 at 6:49 pm
“Her Heart for a Compass” might take place in the Victorian era, but the similarities between the characters and author Sarah Ferguson are striking.
- ‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Twilight’ saga books getting new paperback editions: See the coversby USA TODAY on August 3, 2021 at 5:47 pm
Stephenie Meyer’s “Midnight Sun” and other books in the “Twilight” saga are getting paperback releases with new covers.
- Master of crime, too? Stephen King hits the mark with assassination thriller ‘Billy Summers’by USA TODAY on August 3, 2021 at 3:10 pm
Master of horror Stephen King also happens to be a virtuosic crime novelist as well with ‘Billy Summers,’ about an assassin whose last job goes awry.
- Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine sold in Blackstone-backed ventureby USA TODAY on August 3, 2021 at 1:23 pm
Reese Witherspoon’s women-led entertainment group, Hello Sunshine, has been sold to a media company backed by Blackstone.
- Anthony Veasna So’s posthumous story collection ‘Afterparties’ a bittersweet triumphby USA TODAY on August 2, 2021 at 12:17 pm
The arrival of Anthony Veasna So’s superb debut story collection, “Afterparties,” is inevitably bittersweet following his unexpected death.
- 5 books not to miss: Stephen King’s ‘Billy Summers,’ historical romance from Sarah Fergusonby USA TODAY on August 1, 2021 at 4:52 pm
Horror master Stephen King returns with hard-boiled noir “Billy Summers,” and Sarah Ferguson pens historical romance “Her Heart for a Compass.”
- Jason Reynolds credits Queen Latifah’s music for starting his path to best-selling authorby USA TODAY on August 1, 2021 at 4:25 am
The author discusses his inspirations and how important for readers, particularly young readers, to be seen.
- Janice Mirikitani, San Francisco poet laureate and church leader, dies at 80by USA TODAY on July 30, 2021 at 3:08 am
Janice Mirikitani, a beloved San Francisco poet laureate who ran Glide Memorial Church, which caters to the poor and homeless, has died. She was 80.
- Food history lesson: ‘Black Smoke’ author Adrian Miller sheds light on BBQ’s Black historyby Asbury Park Press on July 28, 2021 at 11:16 pm
Historian Adrian Miller talks about the Black history of barbecue, and why Black chefs are now often overlooked.
- Mena Suvari makes peace with abuse, addiction in new book: ‘I spent so much time fighting myself’by USA TODAY on July 28, 2021 at 1:43 pm
Mena Suvari is bracingly honest about the sexual and emotional abuse she suffered, and her past addictions, in her new memoir, “The Great Peace.”
- ‘They Both Die at the End’ author Adam Silvera took this unconventional road to YA successby USA TODAY on July 27, 2021 at 1:46 pm
More than just books, it was TV and video games that helped USA TODAY bestselling author Adam Silvera hone his craft.
- Shari Lapena continues to thrill with new page-turner ‘Not a Happy Family’by USA TODAY on July 27, 2021 at 1:05 pm
With “Not a Happy Family,” author Shari Lapena crafts a thriller that will prove difficult to put down.
- 5 books not to miss: Mena Suvari memoir ‘The Great Peace,’ gripping novel ‘Fierce Little Thing’by USA TODAY on July 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm
“American Beauty” actress Mena Suvari bares all in memoir “The Great Peace,” and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore thrills “Fierce Little Thing.”
- All the books becoming movies in 2021, including ‘The Last Letter from Your Lover’ and ‘Dune’by USA TODAY on July 22, 2021 at 9:28 pm
Peruse all the books you can read before they become movies this year, from romances (“The Last Letter from Your Lover”) to sci-fi epics (“Dune”).
- Review: ‘She Who Became the Sun’ is an important entry in the LGBTQ fantasy canonby USA TODAY on July 22, 2021 at 12:04 am
Shelley Parker-Chan’s “She Who Became the Sun” is an important debut in the LGBTQ fantasy canon.
- ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ author Jenny Han’s favorite book as a young adult will surprise youby USA TODAY on July 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm
According to “To All the Boys” author Jenny Han, YA used to be “Baby-Sitters Club” books and Stephen King: “There wasn’t as much in the middle.”
- Nature lovers, need something to read at the beach? Look no further than this list of titlesby The Herald-Mail on July 20, 2021 at 1:32 pm
July and August are months for reading at the beach, so let me share a few favorites — some made for the beach and others just darn good books!
- ‘Stolen’: Harrowing memoir exposes abusive boarding school industry for ‘troubled teens’by USA TODAY on July 19, 2021 at 5:29 pm
In her gripping memoir “Stolen,” Elizabeth Gilpin describes the years she spent in a brutal behavior-modification program for “troubled teens.”
- 5 books not to miss: Elizabeth Gilpin’s harrowing memoir ‘Stolen,’ Noah Hurowitz’s ‘El Chapo’by USA TODAY on July 17, 2021 at 11:00 am
Elizabeth Gilpin pens harrowing memoir “Stolen,” about being sent to a “therapeutic” boarding school for troubled teens, and more new releases.
- The best books of 2021 so far: What USA TODAY’s critics loved readingby USA TODAY on July 17, 2021 at 2:34 am
These are the great new books that got ★★★½ and ★★★★ reviews from USA TODAY critics in 2021, including T.J. Newman’s “Falling.”