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Actor Jim Carrey’s wild debut novel and three more must-read books

- USA Today, AP, Sun-Times Staff

‘Memoirs and Misinforma­tion’ by Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon

Knopf, fiction, $27.95

What it’s about: Movie star Jim Carrey pairs with a co-author for a wild fiction debut about, yes, a movie star also named Jim Carrey. But this chaotic deconstruc­tion of persona is no milquetoas­t celebrity memoir.

The buzz: “‘Memoirs and Misinforma­tion’ is funny,” The Associated Press says. “But it’s also a sober meditation on mortality, selfhood and the drive to entertain.”

‘This Is What America Looks Like’ by Ilhan Omar

Dey Street, nonfiction, $27.99

What it’s about: An intimate memoir from progressiv­e political favorite Ilhan Omar, the first African refugee and Somali American to be elected to Congress, that traces her rise from a displaced child refugee of the Somali Civil War.

The buzz: “No matter a reader’s personal politics, Omar’s life should serve as an inspiratio­n,” Kirkus Reviews writes.

‘The Heir Affair’ by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Grand Central Publishing, fiction, $28

What it’s about: From the hilarious writers of celebrity fashion site Go Fug Yourself comes the follow-up to “The Royal We.” After marrying the heir to the throne, Rebecca “Bex” Porter adjusts to life in the British royal family and must survive her own scandal.

The buzz: “Royal watchers and tabloid devotees will devour this juicy look behind the gilded curtain of palace life,” Kirkus Reviews writes.

‘Antkind’ by Charlie Kaufman

Random House, fiction, $30

What it’s about: Charlie, the Oscar-winning screenwrit­er of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Being John Malkovich,” is out with his first novel, a 700-pluspage postmodern tome about a neurotic film critic who discovers what is possibly the greatest movie ever made.

The buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it “a wonderfull­y inventive yarn — and a masterwork of postmodern storytelli­ng.”

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