8 Exciting September 2016 Book Releases

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream And The Untold Story Of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

September 2016 Book Releases - Hidden Figures

Published: September 6th, 2016

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Hidden Figures is the inspiring story of a group of mathematically gifted African-American women who were selected during World War II to work in the American aeronautics industry, and whose calculations ultimately helped America catch up to Russia in the Space Race. I’m really looking forward to watching the movie based on this book and starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe – which will be realeased on December 25th 2016. This means we have 4 months to get around to reading the original!

 


Black Earth: The Holocaust As History And Warning by Timothy Snyder

September 2016 Book Releases - Black Earth

Published: September 8th, 2016

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Timothy Snyder’s new interpretation of the Holocaust ties its horrors to overarching issues of inequality of resources and relative lack of state identity of the countries neighboring Germany at the time. Snyder has been criticized before for minimizing the singularity of the Holocaust and comparing it too entirely to other mass murders. Still, considering similar issues of scarcity and economic dispiarty the world continues to face today, Black Earth may serve as a useful warning for the future. I will be receiving a copy of the book by Library Thing, so look forward to a review on the blog shortly.


How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie

September 2016 Book Releases - How To Make A Spaceship

Published: September 20th, 2016

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After NASA’s winding down of their Shuttle program, the future of manned spaceflight seemed to pass into the hands of the private sector, at least for a time. This is the story of how Peter Diamandis, an affluent space enthusiast, established a competition to encourage the development of private manned spaceflight enterprises with a $10 million prize as lure. Though the competition ultimately succeeded in spurring the creation of viable privately developed manned spaceships, we are still far from actual commercial options to travel to space for the average Earth citizen. For now we can read this book and dream.


Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz with illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl

September 2016 Book Releases - Rad Women Worldwide

Published: September 27th, 2016

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Who doesn’t like books about incredibly inspiring women with equally incredible illustrations. This book combines Miriam Klein Stahl’s strong graphic portraits to the retelling of the life stories of such compelling female leaders as Malala Yousafzi (if you don’t know who she is, get out from under that rock), pharaoh Hatshepsut, and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (the first women to cross Antarctica). Sounds like a treat for the mind and the eyes alike.

 


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A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles

September 2016 Book Releases - A Gentleman In Moscow

Published: September 6th, 2016

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I’ve picked this book as my Book Of The Month selection and I can’t wait to read it. As a lover of the classic Russian novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, I’m hoping this is a modern twist on the genre. The book tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov who is condemned to house arrest in a grand hotel in Moscow called The Metropol, across the street from the Kremlin. From his captivity, he witnesses changing Russian history as he befriends the various characters that pass through the hotel’s doors. The reviews I’ve read so far are really positive, so I’m looking forward to this one.


The Shelf Life Of Happiness by David Machado

September 2016 Book Releases - The Shelf Life Of Happiness

Published: September 1st, 2016

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I’m from Milan and I travel home to visit my family – all of whom still live in Italy – about twice a year. I’ve witnessed the effects of the ongoing European economic issues on the livelihoods and businesses of fellow Europeans firsthand. That’s why I’m interested to read The Shelf Life Of Happiness – a story set in a Portugal wracked by the European economic crisis, in which Daniel, a father and husband, struggles to deal with the loss of his job and eventually homelessness. It promises to present a universal story of a character who has to find himself and start his life over again for the sake of keeping his family together.

 


The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jeffries

September 2016 Book Releases - The Tea Planter's Wife

Published: September 13th, 2016

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This historical novel is set in 1920s Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka), in the intriguing location of a tea plantation. Against this captivating backdrop, the novel’s heroine, a British 19-year-old named Gwendolyn Hooper finds herself married to Laurence, an older widower with much to hide. As the mystery of her husband’s prior wife’s destiny unfolds, Gwendolyn grapples with her new and unfamiliar life, different in climate, racial tensions and familial duties from her past experiences in England. I will be receiving a review copy of this book this month from Blogging For Books so look out for a review!

 


Leave Me by Gayle Forman

September 2016 Book Releases - Leave Me

Published: September 6th, 2016

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Have you ever dreamed of dropping everything and leaving your current life behind? In this first adult offering from popular YA author Gayle Forman, protagonist Maribeth Klein – mother of two and wife – does exactly that after suffering an unexpected heart attack. With no husband and children in tow, Maribeth sets out to rediscover herself and face aspects of her nature from which she has been hiding. With an Eat Pray Love premise complicated by the duties of motherhood and marriage, I hope this book will show Maribeth redefining herself on her own terms, far from the trappings of regular life.

 


You can find more great recent book suggestions in my August 2016 Book Releases post.

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