What it is: a recently rediscovered memoir from New York Yankees baseball legend Lou Gehrig that was originally written as a series of columns for the Oakland Tribune in 1927.
Why you might like it: This humble, homespun narrative features a richly detailed essay from scholar Alan D. Gaff that chronicles the Hall of Famer's achievements (including his lifetime stats) and legacy.
Want a taste? "I'm proud of the game and all who play it. And as long as I wear a big-league uniform, I will give all I can to the game."
What it is: a gossipy behind-the-scenes look at the publication of bestselling 1966 camp classic Valley of the Dolls and the release of its critically reviled (but commercially successful) 1967 film adaptation.
Who it's for: Fans of the film and lovers of cult cinema will appreciate this richly detailed insider's account of an unlikely pop culture phenom.
Did you know? Judy Garland was fired mid-production; her daughter Liza Minelli was considered for Neely, the role ultimately played by Patty Duke.
What it's about: the complexities and contradictions of American culture and identity.
Is it for you? Balancing wry humor with bleak insights, this 2019 New York Times Notable Book offers a well-researched collection of pieces that will resonate with New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino's fellow millennials.
Don't miss: "Reality TV Me," in which Tolentino reflects on her time as a contestant on a teen reality show competition.