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5 books not to miss: Brandon Taylor’s ‘Filthy Animals,’ Laura Lippman thriller 'Dream Girl'

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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 June 22. // 'TUESDAY' FOR PRINT //

1. “Filthy Animals,” by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead, fiction)

What it’s about: The Booker Prize finalist and author of “Real Life” returns with a collection of linked stories set among complex young creatives in the Midwest and observing their fraught relationships.

The buzz: “Full of beauty and harshness, the complex and startling stories of 'Filthy Animals' will stick with readers long after the pages are read,” says a ★★★★ (out of four) review for USA TODAY.

“Filthy Animals,” by Brandon Taylor.
“Filthy Animals,” by Brandon Taylor.

2. “Dream Girl,” by Laura Lippman (William Morrow, fiction)

What it’s about: Novelist Gerry Andersen, injured in a fall, is confined to a hospital bed when he gets a mysterious call from a woman claiming to be the “real” Aubrey, the main character from his popular book – only there is no real Aubrey.

The buzz: “Lippman’s sharp and timely thriller is a fast read, one that will surely please her many longtime devotees as well as attract new and enthusiastic fans,” says a ★★★½ review for USA TODAY.

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3. “The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear,” by Kate Moore (Sourcebooks, nonfiction)

What it’s about: From the author of “Radium Girls” comes the story of Elizabeth Packard, a 19th-century mother of six who battled the legal system when her husband had her involuntarily committed to an insane asylum with other “difficult” women.

The buzz: “A vivid look at the life and times of a little-known pioneer of women’s rights,” says Kirkus Reviews.

4. “What White People Can Do Next,” by Emma Dabiri (Harper Perennial, nonfiction)

What it’s about: A practical guide to creating an anti-racist world in essays that expose the ways many people are complicit and outline actions that can affect lasting change.

The buzz: “A must-read for anyone seeking to be an agent of much-needed societal change,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

5. “Blush,” by Jamie Brenner (Putnam, fiction)

What it’s about: As the Hollander Estates winery struggles to stay in business, three generations of Hollander women – Vivian, Leah and Sadie – distract themselves from worries by starting a “trashy” book club for scandalous novels of yore.

The buzz: “A perfect beach read about a family crisis resolved by women,” says Kirkus Reviews.

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