Colton Haynes, Channing Tatum, David Sedaris: New Books This Week

Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY Barbara VanDenburgh scour the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books go on sale Tuesday.

1. “Miss Memory Lane”, by colton haynes (Atria, non-fiction)

What is it about : The ‘Arrow’ and ‘Teen Wolf’ actor draws back the curtain on his life, from growing up in small-town Kansas to Hollywood stardom, and writes about overcoming addiction, coming to terms with his sexuality and struggling for redemption.

The buzz: “Fans will be blown away by the bravery and bravery on display,” said Weekly editors.

2. “The one and only Sparkella makes a plan” by Channing Tatum (Feiwel & Friends, fiction)

What is it about : The ‘Magic Mike’ actor returns with her second children’s book with Sparkellaa little girl who is excited for her first sleepover with her new friend Tam and must get creative to build a fantasy castle before she gets there.

The buzz: Expect to see a lot more Sparkella: Last week Tatum announced on Instagram his books get the Hollywood treatment. “PRIME TIME IS SHINE TIME!!! @sparkella comes to life with a live action movie!” Tatum wrote in a post. “It will be adapted by @pamelaribon, who wrote some of my favorite animated films.”

3. “Happy-Go-Lucky”, by David Sedaris (Little, Brown and Co., documentary)

What is it about : The revered essayist returns with his first new collection of personal pieces since 2018’s “Calypso,” spanning the pandemic years, his father’s death and a battle-scarred America.

The buzz: “Sedaris’ tragicomedy is darker than usual, but still rich and rewarding,” says Weekly editors.

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4. “Just looking at it,” by Ryan O’Connell (Atria, fiction)

What is it about : From the star of Peacock’s ‘Queer as Folk’ and the Netflix series ‘Special’ comes a novel about a gay TV writer with cerebral palsy, his struggle with addiction and his search for acceptance.

The buzz: Weekly editors calls it a “hysterical first novel” and says it “reads like fast-paced, traffic-dodging travel on the 101 on a blinding afternoon.”

5. “How To Be Eaten” by Maria Adelmann (Little, Brown and Co., fiction)

What is it about : Female characters from children’s fairy tales (Little Red Riding Hood, Gretel) are reimagined as modern women in a trauma support group, where our most beloved stories are exposed as anti-feminist nightmares.

The buzz: “Both a meditation on trauma and an emission of our society’s obsession with scripted reality, this book sings,” says a starred review by Kirkus Reviews.

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