DeDe's Weekly Downloads: List 3

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Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

This follows the writer and producer of Bridgerton through an experiment to broaden her world. A year of yes. Yes, to everything that terrified her—a commencement speech, Jimmy Kimmel, choosing family over an awards show. It’s a wonderful look at challenging yourself, not putting off, and being your best self.

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

This is a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, and assimilation that also skewers Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes. It was longlisted for the National Book Award as well as being named one of the funniest books of 2020.

The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey opens up in her memoir to speak candidly about her childhood, relationships and career as well as the powerful role music has played in her life.   

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones

In the creepy novella, what seems like a haunting case of revenge turns into something much more terrifying. Check out this quick and unsettling horror pick.

More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys

This book is just that – a journey into musician Alicia Keys’ life and her process of claiming her space, finding fulfillment and being her authentic self.

Automatic Reload by Ferrett Steinmetz

This is a cinematic cyberpunk thriller/romantic comedy with heart—not to mention, a sensitive and compassionate take on mental illness.  

Abbott by Saladin Ahmed

This story is a gritty supernatural crime thriller comic series set in 1970s Detroit featuring a dogged journalist investigating horrific crimes that are too similar to the one that stole her husband.

Can’t Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop's Blockbuster Year by Michaelangelo Matos

Take a nostalgic trip into the musical past in Matos’ book to see how the artists and Top 40 hits of that year deeply reflected the era and influenced the future of pop music.

Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton

One of the spring’s most anticipated debuts, this story details the fictional history of a Detroit-born ahead-of-its-time Afro punk artist and her British singer/songwriter partner in 1970s New York—their rise and spectacular fall, and the prospect of a contemporary reunion.

Old School Love:  And Why It Works by Joseph Simmons

Joseph (aka Rev Run from Run-DMC) and Justine Simmons share advice and anecdotes about what makes their 25-year-long marriage work in their book.

The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne

This is a creepy psychological thriller set in Northern Michigan and follows the story of a guilt-ridden women who finds out that she could not have been responsible for the deaths of her parents. Now she wants answers from her remaining family.

Just as I Am: A Memoir by Cicely Tyson

Published two days before the legendary actress’s passing at 96 years of age, Just as I Am: A Memoir is a beautiful and deeply reflective book chronicling nine decades of Cicely Tyson’s extraordinary life.