Don’t miss these five, including Mister Rogers’ ‘Wonder,’ Prince

In search of something good to read? USA TODAY’s Barbara VanDenburg­h scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases.


1. ‘The Beautiful Ones’ by Prince (Spiegel & Grau, nonfiction, on sale Oct. 29)

What it’s about: Before his death in 2016, Prince had begun work on a memoir, telling the story of his life in his own words. The book, completed with the aid of editor Dan Piepenbrin­g, as well as never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, documents the life of one of the world’s most iconic musical superstars.

The buzz: A ★★★★ review for USA TODAY says the book “is not a read, but an experience, an immersion inside the mind of a musical genius.”

2. ‘Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac’ by Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky (Flatiron Books, nonfiction, on sale Oct. 29)

What it’s about: The Twitter-famous duo behind Astro Poets release an astrology primer for the 21st century. You don’t have to be a believer to be swayed by their poetic sensibilit­ies and sharp observatio­ns about human nature, though you’ll probably be one by the end.

The buzz: If you’ve ever spent Sunday night endlessly refreshing @poetastrol­ogers on Twitter awaiting your horoscope for the week ahead, that’s all the buzz you need.

3. ‘Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More than Ever’ by Gavin Edwards (Dey Street, nonfiction, on sale Oct. 29)

What it’s about: Fred Rogers is the closest thing we have to a secular American saint after decades spent teaching children the value of kindness on his beloved PBS show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborho­od.” This book pays tribute to the man who helped raise so many of us, and argues the case that his wisdom is more essential than ever.

The buzz: Edwards’ “enthusiast­ic prose vibrantly captures Rogers’s spirit and wisdom,” says Publishers Weekly.

4. ‘Nothing to See Here’ by Kevin Wilson (Ecco, fiction, on sale Oct. 29)

What it’s about: Lillian is aimless and adrift when she gets a call from her old best friend Madison, now the wife of an important senator, asking for help taking care of her new stepchildr­en. The catch? They catch on fire. Literally.

The buzz: “Wilson captures the wrenching emotions of caring for children in this exceptiona­l, and exceptiona­lly hilarious, novel,” say a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

5. ‘Blue Moon’ by Lee Child (Delacorte Press, fiction, on sale Oct. 29)

What it’s about: In the newest installmen­t of Child’s beloved Jack Reacher series, the vigilante helps an elderly couple hunted by loan sharks and finds himself in the midst of a turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. This is the 24th book in the series.

The buzz: A starred review in Publisher’s Weekly says “Child is at the top of his game in this nail-biter.”

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