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Do your Academy Awards homework with ‘ Oscar Wars’

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.


‘ Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears’

By Michael Schulman ( Harper, nonfiction)

What it’s about: This thorough, fascinatin­g history of the Academy Awards captures the brutal battles, rivalries and behind- the- scenes dramas from the organizati­on’s inception to the slap heard around the world.

The buzz: “This will thrill cinephiles,” says a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

‘ I Have Some Questions for You’

By Rebecca Makkai ( Viking, fiction)

What it’s about: From the author of Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Great Believers” comes a new novel about professor and podcaster Bodie Kane, who’s content to forget her past – and the murder of her boarding school roommate – until the flaws of the case she thought was solved begin to gnaw at her. The buzz: A starred review from Publishers Weekly calls it “a clever and deeply thoughtful story.”

‘ Every Man a King’ By Walter Mosley ( Mulholland, fiction)

What it’s about: In a sequel to the Edgar Award- winning “Down the River Unto the Sea,” Joe King Oliver must investigat­e a stomach- churning case of a white nationalis­t who may have been framed for murder. The buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it “a strong second outing by Mosley’s new hero.”

‘ Wanderlust: An Eccentric Explorer, an Epic Journey, a Lost Age’

By Reid Mitenbuler ( Mariner, nonfiction)

What it’s about: The biography tells the larger- than- life story of eccentric Danish adventurer Peter Freuchen, who survived Arctic expedition­s, a Nazi prison camp and devastatin­g injuries.

The buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it “a colorful, well- researched biography.”

‘ Best Served Hot’

By Amanda Elliot ( Berkley, fiction)

What it’s about: Rival restaurant critics Julie and Bennett grudgingly partner to gin up online buzz, but soon they’re bonding over more than a shared love of food.

The buzz: “Elliot will leave you savoring every last word,” says a starred Kirkus review.

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