Sunday, February 25

Kelly Ripa’s ‘Live Wire,’ Namwali Serpell’s ‘Furrows’: 5 new books

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 Jasmine Guillory’s “Drunk on Love” and Elena Armas’ “The American Roommate Experiment”; and the juiciest celebrity memoirs released this year from Jennette McCurdy, Kenny Loggins, Christine Quinn, Jennifer Gray and more.

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

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‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

By Kelly Ripa (Dey Street, nonfiction)

What’s about: In her debut book, the longtime daytime talk show host shares real-life stories, from the set to her home and everywhere between, to show the real woman off screen.

Thebuzz: “This banter-filled collection will delight daytime television devotees,” says Publishers Weekly.

‘The Furrows’

By Namwali Serpell (Hogarth, fiction)

What’s about: When Cassandra was a child, her little brother, Wayne, was lost in an accident and his body was never found. As she grows older, twisted with grief, she starts to see Wayne everywhere. It can’t be him, though – or can it?

Thebuzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it “stylistically refreshing and emotionally intense, cementing Serpell’s place among the best writers going.”

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