Get to Know Your Favorite Actors and Artists a Little Better

“We’re Going to Need More Wine” readers know actor and activist Union is a gutsy, humorous and irreverent storyteller. Even when she’s shaman-hunting in Hollywood or suffering from constipation at an Atlanta strip club or celebrating the birth of her long-awaited kid in this collection of stories, Union goes there again.

‘You Got Anything Stronger’ is Union’s first weekend away from her readers, and she explains, “Because just as you think you know someone, it turns out you actually have no idea who a person is until you’ve travelled with them.”

September 14th, Dey Street Books..

It’s humiliating to be a parent, as anyone who’s experienced the withering eye roll of an adolescent knows. First chapter title “Parenting… You Ain’t Ready for It” tells you what to expect from Foxx’s memoir.

There will be an introduction by Foxx’s 27-year-old daughter Corinne, as well as the actor’s candid accounts of his experiences as a father. Corinne writes, “I feel that my dad wanted to write about fatherhood so he could share the lessons he learned along the way.”

The 19th of October, Grand Central Station

In the next months, what books are you looking forward to the most?
Billy Porter’s ‘Unprotected.’

For Porter, who has been in films including “Pose” and “Kinky Boots,” “this is not a coming-out story” It’s in this vein that the author recounts the experience of growing up black and homosexual in Pittsburgh. It was evident to Porter, 51, by the time he was five years old that something was wrong with him.

“It was obvious to everyone, including me.” “Fixing” him, bullying and sexual assault, his mother’s inspiration, and the manner that he came to find himself and his own unique style are all topics that the author touches on in this book.

October 19, Abrams

When it comes to race, class, music, money, parenting, and even just joy riding in Bruce Springsteen’s Corvette, Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen share a remarkable rapport (sorry, Secret Service). As Obama puts it, “their candid, heartfelt chats bridge the distance between the American Dream and the American reality.”

In “Renegades,” a book filled with annotated lectures, handwritten lyrics, and images from the authors’ private collections, readers may expect to learn more about this extraordinary collaboration.

October 26th, Crown

Eli Gold, the Machiavellian political strategist played by Alan Cumming in “The Good Wife,” has a sly reserve that bears no resemblance to his Scottish heritage. When it comes to his second memoir, readers should expect nothing but the opposite: plain, unburdened, and completely free of spin.

When he reaches the pinnacle of his career, he is at his most miserable and bewildered. I’ve had the lowest self-esteem when I’ve been the most famous.” According to Cummings, “This is a book about everything in between, from my profession and mental health difficulties to my many adventures into love and sexuality.”

Dey Street Books, 26th of October.

His father, a poet who was exiled to Little Siberia after falling out of favour in the Communist regime, had a profound impact on the artist and activist’s life after his detention by the Chinese authorities in 2011.

As Ai chronicles both his own and his father’s artistic evolution, each chapter begins with a line from his father’s poetry.

2nd of November, Crown

In Will Smith’s ‘Will,’ co-starring Mark Manson,

He was on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which you may have seen on TV during prime time. You may remember him from “Six Degrees of Separation” or “The Pursuit of Happyness,” in which he played a con artist. “Friend Like Me” from the “Aladdin” soundtrack (yep, that’s his voice) may be familiar to you.

Whatever number of times you’ve seen Smith perform, you still have no idea who he is. It promises to take readers from Smith’s childhood in West Philadelphia to his current status as a well-known celebrity who has “taken a profound journey of self-knowledge,” according to the book’s website.

Press Release From Penguin, Dated November 9

It is said that Highsmith’s one-syllable answers to interview questions frightened interviewers: “Yes or no, one-syllable answers.” As a result of the discovery of her personal diaries and notebooks after her death in 1995, readers were given an insight into her self-image, literary experiments, and darker, discriminatory views — all of which she had hoped would be published in the future.

Her longtime editor collected all of those pages into a single book. “Writing, of course, is a substitute for the life I cannot live,” wrote Highsmith in a 1950 journal entry.

Liveright, 16 November