Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn't Help It by Eve GoldenWhat it is: a richly detailed biography of actress Jayne Mansfield, whose flighty sex symbol persona belied her shrewd ambition and longing for critical acclaim.
Read it for: a complex, well-researched portrait of an often-misunderstood star of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Reviewers say: "may well become the definitive word -- if not the last word -- on the Mansfield story" (Library Journal).
All In by Billie Jean King with Johnette Howard and Maryanne VollersWhat it's about: tennis superstar Billie Jean King's life, career, and activism both on and off the court.
Why you might like it: King's vivid recollections of her many career triumphs and coming into her own as a lesbian will inspire tennis fans and general readers alike.
Don't miss: King's 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" match against Bobby Riggs, seen by more than 90 million TV viewers worldwide.
Inside Comedy: The Soul, Wit, and Bite of Comedy and Comedians of the Last Five... by David SteinbergWhat it is: an engaging 50-year survey of the American comedy scene, written with you-are-there insight by comedian David Steinberg.
Featuring: dishy anecdotes on Steinberg's brushes with Groucho Marx, Milton Berle, Redd Foxx, and more; interviews with comedy luminaries.
For fans of: Judd Apatow's Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy.
Can't Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the... by Matt SullivanWhat it's about: the Brooklyn Nets' transformative 2019-2020 NBA season, marked by the signing of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, COVID-19's rise, and players' activism in the wake of George Floyd's murder.
Book buzz: Award-winning sports reporter Matt Sullivan's debut is a "must read" (Library Journal) "tour-de-force" (Publishers Weekly).
Try this next: For another behind-the-scenes account of how COVID-19 and social justice protests impacted the 2019-2020 NBA season, read Bubbleball by Ben Golliver.
Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood by Danny Trejo with Donal LogueWhat it is: an inspiring, no-holds-barred memoir from perennial Hollywood bad guy Danny Trejo, whose remarkable career has spanned more than 400 film and TV credits.
Topics include: the "macho Chicanismo" of Trejo's youth; his addiction battles and stints in Folsom and San Quentin prisons; finding faith, sobriety, and success in the entertainment industry.
Want a taste? "A bad day on a movie will always be a million times better than your best day in prison."
Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest by Hanif AbdurraqibWhat it is: Hanif Abdurraqib's lyrical tribute to influential hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, whose artistry inspired his own career as a poet and cultural critic.
Read it for: a thought-provoking blend of music history and memoir.
Awards buzz: Go Ahead in the Rain was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award and a finalist for the Kirkus Prize.
The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History by Andy GreeneWhat it is: a nostalgic oral history that traces the evolution of NBC's hit sitcom The Office, from its humble beginnings as a low-rated series to its eventual success as a nine-season cultural juggernaut.
What's inside: lively interviews with the show's tight-knit cast and crew.
Try this next: For another engaging behind-the-scenes look at a decade-defining sitcom, read Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's Seinfeldia.
Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Guilty Pleasure by Amy KaufmanWhat it's about: In this gossipy exposé, Los Angeles Times entertainment reporter Amy Kaufman peeks behind the curtain of long-running reality show The Bachelor, interviewing former contestants and profiling the show's manipulative producers.
Is it for you? Fans of the show -- whether conflicted or unabashed in their admiration for it -- will appreciate fellow fan Kaufman's fun and fascinating perspective.
My Cubs: A Love Story by Scott SimonWhat it's about: NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon's lifelong love of the Chicago Cubs: "Being a Cubs fan is my nature, my heritage, and probably somewhere in my chromosomes."
Who it's for: Equal parts moving and amusing, this short, breezy memoir is a home run for sports fans of all stripes.
Don't miss: Simon's infectious joy recounting the team's 2016 World Series Championship, their first win in over a century.
The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. SunsteinWhat it is: Star Wars fanatic and Harvard law professor Cass R. Sunstein's richly detailed tribute to the long-running film franchise.
Read it for: an engaging and accessible deep-dive into the films' inspirations, themes, and fandom.
Further reading: I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture by A.D. Jameson.
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