‘Last White Man’ by Mohsin Hamid, ‘Kismet’ by Amina Akhtar: 5 new books

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, unless otherwise noted.

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“The Last White Man”

By Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead, fiction)

What is it about : White people wake up to find their skin has turned dark and must deal with the personal and social repercussions of change in this latest novel from the Booker Prize-nominated author of ‘Exit West’.

The buzz: “A provocative tale that raises questions of racial and social justice at every turn,” says a star-studded review from Kirkus Reviews.

“The viral subclass: the human toll when inequality and disease collide”

By Steven W. Thrasher (Celadon, non-fiction)

What is it about : LGBTQ journalist and researcher Thrasher, who has spoken out and fought against the criminalization of HIV, offers a bold new study from the COVID-19 era on the societal inequalities exposed by viruses, and how their spread and impact are shaped by the structures social.

The buzz: “Powerful and revelatory, this is an essential paradigm-shifting book,” says a star-studded review from Kirkus Reviews.

‘Kismet’

By Amina Akhtar (Thomas & Mercer, fiction, on sale Monday)

What is it about : Akhtar turns his sharp wit on the wellness community and its dark secrets into a thriller that’s both vicious and funny. Longtime New Yorker Ronnie Khan is seduced by socialite wellness guru Marley Dewhurst in Sedona, Arizona to find her best self, and instead finds a gruesome murder spree.

The buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it “a fun dismantling of influencer culture.”

“Properties of Thirst”

By Marianne Wiggins (Simon & Schuster, fiction)

What is it about : In Wiggins (“Evidence of Things Unseen”), a new WWII historical novel, the Rhodes family, who have long fought to protect their California ranch, are reeling when the government builds an American internment camp. neighboring Japanese.

The buzz: “This majestic novel will satisfy those who crave an epic saga of love, family, and the complexities of the American way,” says a star-studded review for Kirkus Reviews.

“The Many Daughters of Afong Moy”

By Jamie Ford (Atria, fiction)

What is it about : What if trauma was literally part of your DNA? The author of ‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’ makes generational trauma literal in her gripping new novel, in which a woman struggling with mental illness is forced to seek radical help when her daughter begins to show symptoms transmitted from generation to generation. Chinese women.

The buzz: “Ford raises fascinating questions,” says Kirkus Reviews.

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