All In by Billie Jean King with Johnette Howard and Maryanne VollersWhat it's about: tennis superstar Billie Jean King's life, career, and activism both on and off the court.
Why you might like it: King's vivid recollections of her many career triumphs and coming into her own as a lesbian will inspire tennis fans and general readers alike.
Don't miss: King's 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" match against Bobby Riggs, seen by more than 90 million TV viewers worldwide.
Can't Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the... by Matt SullivanWhat it's about: the Brooklyn Nets' transformative 2019-2020 NBA season, marked by the signing of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, COVID-19's rise, and players' activism in the wake of George Floyd's murder.
Book buzz: Award-winning sports reporter Matt Sullivan's debut is a "must read" (Library Journal) "tour-de-force" (Publishers Weekly).
Try this next: For another behind-the-scenes account of how COVID-19 and social justice protests impacted the 2019-2020 NBA season, read Bubbleball by Ben Golliver.
Inside Comedy: The Soul, Wit, and Bite of Comedy and Comedians of the Last Five... by David SteinbergWhat it is: an engaging 50-year survey of the American comedy scene, written with you-are-there insight by comedian David Steinberg.
Featuring: dishy anecdotes on Steinberg's brushes with Groucho Marx, Milton Berle, Redd Foxx, and more; interviews with comedy luminaries.
For fans of: Judd Apatow's Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy.
Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn't Help It by Eve GoldenWhat it is: a richly detailed biography of actress Jayne Mansfield, whose flighty sex symbol persona belied her shrewd ambition and longing for critical acclaim.
Read it for: a complex, well-researched portrait of an often-misunderstood star of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Reviewers say: "may well become the definitive word -- if not the last word -- on the Mansfield story" (Library Journal).
Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood by Danny Trejo with Donal LogueWhat it is: an inspiring, no-holds-barred memoir from perennial Hollywood bad guy Danny Trejo, whose remarkable career has spanned more than 400 film and TV credits.
Topics include: the "macho Chicanismo" of Trejo's youth; his addiction battles and stints in Folsom and San Quentin prisons; finding faith, sobriety, and success in the entertainment industry.
Want a taste? "A bad day on a movie will always be a million times better than your best day in prison."
Austentatious : The Evolving World of Jane Austen Fans
by Holly Luetkenhaus
What it's about: The amount of fan-generated content about Jane Austen and her novels has long surpassed the author's original canon. Now, with the accessibility of modern technology and the ability to connect with other fans in an instant online, the amount and type of fan-created works has exponentially multiplied in recent years. This book explores online fan spaces in search of "Janeites" all over the world to discover what fans are making, how fans are sharing their work, and why it matters that so many women and nonbinary individuals find a haven, not only in Jane Austen, but also in Jane Austen fandom.
Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Guilty Pleasure by Amy KaufmanWhat it's about: In this gossipy exposé, Los Angeles Times entertainment reporter Amy Kaufman peeks behind the curtain of long-running reality show The Bachelor, interviewing former contestants and profiling the show's manipulative producers.
Is it for you? Fans of the show -- whether conflicted or unabashed in their admiration for it -- will appreciate fellow fan Kaufman's fun and fascinating perspective.
My Cubs: A Love Story by Scott SimonWhat it's about: NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon's lifelong love of the Chicago Cubs: "Being a Cubs fan is my nature, my heritage, and probably somewhere in my chromosomes."
Who it's for: Equal parts moving and amusing, this short, breezy memoir is a home run for sports fans of all stripes.
Don't miss: Simon's infectious joy recounting the team's 2016 World Series Championship, their first win in over a century.
The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History by Andy GreeneWhat it is: a nostalgic oral history that traces the evolution of NBC's hit sitcom The Office, from its humble beginnings as a low-rated series to its eventual success as a nine-season cultural juggernaut.
What's inside: lively interviews with the show's tight-knit cast and crew.
Try this next: For another engaging behind-the-scenes look at a decade-defining sitcom, read Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's Seinfeldia.
The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. SunsteinWhat it is: Star Wars fanatic and Harvard law professor Cass R. Sunstein's richly detailed tribute to the long-running film franchise.
Read it for: an engaging and accessible deep-dive into the films' inspirations, themes, and fandom.
Further reading: I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture by A.D. Jameson.