#NewBookAlert: March 5-9, 2018

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.

Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins (Picador, Nonfiction on sale March 6): Cue Dave Chappelle yelling Wu-Tang!! #NewBookAlert for March 5, 2018

Homey Don’t Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution by David Peisner (Atria/37 Ink, Nonfiction on sale February 6): Fire Marshal Bill!! Handi Man!! Men on Film!! And of course…Homey D. Clown: David Peisner has penned a blisteringly overdue book recognizing one of the greatest comedy shows (man…Fox’s glory days are similar to what we’re seeing these days with Netflix!). #NewBookAlert for March 6, 2018

Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America by Vegas Tenold (Bold Type Books, Nonfiction on sale February 20): While we’ve been busy hashtagging “hope” it turns out it doesn’t matter what you say it what does matter is…who has skin in the game. No Guff. Everybody watching the Super Bowl is smarter than the players in the game right? #NewBookAlert for March 7, 2018

Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade (Atria/37 Ink, Poetry on sale March 6): Oprah Book Club aphorisms. If you dig self care then this book is for you… #NewBookAlert for March 7, 2018

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (Bold Type Books, Nonfiction on sale April 12, 2016):”The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” Bad Ideas can’t be evicted from society; they stick around forever. How many people still believe the Earth is flat? Or it’s “ok” to punch a Nazi? What other dumb ideas do we cling too? #NewBookAlert for March 8, 2018

The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It by Yascha Mounk (Harvard University Press, Nonfiction on sale March 6): The staggering ineptitude of vapid “journalists” wielding complex ideas like nationalism and populism places the non-clickbait burden on deftly written books to redeem and restore what the media has so foolishly trampled. Consensus is never a goal. Consensus is not validation. #NewBookAlert for March 9, 2018

3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise by Zack O’Malley Greenburg (Little, Brown and Company, Nonfiction on sale March 6): Zack’s perceptive writing on the financial empires of cool creators like Jay-Z and Michael Jackson are must reads. If you’re determined to build an empire Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s books are the blueprints. #NewBookAlert for March 9, 2018


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