9 New Releases that Blend Politics, Pop Culture, and Current Events

Look beyond the latest tweet or sound bite, and get the full stories behind the most newsworthy headlines.


Headline news changes with each new viral video, political scandal or celebrity moment that’s caught on tape. But there are some headlines that stay with you, and over the past year we’ve definitely had a few we won’t be forgetting any time soon—from the beginnings of the Russia investigation to The New Yorker‘s expose on Harvey Weinstein.

While no one can predict the pace at which breaking news is no longer worthy of being a headline, some events line up too perfectly for us not to comment on. Here we have a list of recently released and upcoming books on topics that have been dominating the news lately, including pop-culture, politics, and current events.

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War on Peace

By Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow has been making continual headline news since late 2017 when he helped break the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Most recently, Farrow published an article in The New Yorker that has caused waves for Donald Trump, providing more details of the affair he had with Playboy model Karen McDougal after recently becoming a father to his son with Melania Knauss. Farrow is also about to release a book this April on the state of diplomacy in the United States—so there really couldn’t be a better time to pick this one up.



By Michelle Obama

Trending just a few weeks ago was a photo of two year old Parker Curry, who was completely awestruck upon seeing Michelle Obama’s portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. The little girl has since met the woman she thought was a queen inside Obama's Washington D.C. office, where the two danced together to Taylor Swift. Also making headline news? Michelle Obama’s upcoming book. The memoir will detail the experiences that helped her become who she is now, from her childhood in the South Side of Chicago all the way to the White House and beyond. With a release date of November 13th, it will be released just after the 2018 midterm elections.


Russian Roulette

By Michael Isikoff and David Corn

As the investigation into the interference and dealings of the Russians within US politics and the current Cabinet gets deeper and closer to the truth, the news is filled with people all reporting on the same topic, but all saying different things. But on March 13th, pick up a copy of Russian Roulette. Authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn have compiled every piece of information about the scandals and the cover-ups to try to determine if a foreign government has infiltrated our own.


Bachelor Nation

By Amy Kaufman

The television show The Bachelor has had a pretty interesting effect on people. Recently, the headlines are focused on viewers saying that ABC, the network the reality show is aired on, was cruel and manipulative with the shock break-up scene in part one of the latest finale. Despite this, viewers still faithfully tuned in the next night to watch part two. But why is there such a fierce call to the show? Amy Kaufman has the answers for us in her new book, which focuses on how The Bachelor has changed the way society views marriage, sex, love and feminism.


The Escape Artist

By Brad Meltzer

It’s not often that we find books trending all over the place on Twitter, but that’s exactly what happened with Brad Meltzer’s The Escape Artist. His publisher engineered a pretty unique way of marketing the book by creating The Escape Artist-themed playing cards, and giving away the first 100 of them via Twitter. While those 100 have already been claimed, The Escape Artist—which is pretty much The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Harry Houdini—is now available for purchase.


I'll Never Change My Name

By Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Over the course of this year's Winter Olympics, we’ve gotten to know the athletes pretty well—either via social media, interviews, or coverage. Dancing with the Stars seems to have gotten the message and is catering to the sports star craze. This April, DWTS comes back, but with a twist: the contestants will be made up entirely of athletes. If you can’t wait until April 30th, pick up a copy of cast member Valentin Chmerkovskiy’s memoir on his childhood in Ukraine, his family, immigrating to the US, and how he found himself where he is now.


Pretty Mess

By Erika Jayne

Speaking of Dancing with the Stars: Erika Girardi, who is known professionally as Erika Jayne and is a cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, made headlines when she was a contestant on the show in 2017. She’s now set to be making them again, as she’s coming out with a tell-all memoir of what really goes on behind the scenes in her family life, and more.


The Walking Dead #178

By Robert Kirkman, Charlie Allard, Stefan Gaudino, and Cliff Rathburn

The Walking Dead, which airs on AMC, has officially been renewed for a 9th season that will premiere sometime in very late 2018. While the television show is still in the midst of its 8th season, fans of the original comics are also celebrating with Part Four of New World Order out on April 4th.


Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition

By Various Authors

This year celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Superman comics, and the 40th anniversary of Superman: The Movie. Action Comics and DC Comics have released a deluxe edition celebrating all things Superman related. While the Justice League movie only lightly featured Superman (played by British actor Henry Cavill) it’s been guaranteed that he’ll be back in either a standalone movie, or a follow-up to Justice League.

This article originally appeared on BookTrib. 

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