14 October 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To

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Spaceman CoverSpaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey To Unlock The Secrets Of The Universe by Mike Massimino

Published: October 4th, 2016

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I’ve always been curious about the life of astronauts and space exploration in general. I have been looking for a book written by an astronaut on the subject, and after discarding An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield as just another self-help book, I think I’ve finally found my match in Mike Massimo’s much more scientific offering. I can’t wait to read about the author’s first spacewalk, his thoughts on the Columbia disaster and his experience repairing the Hubble telescope. It also should be a bit of an underdog success story, as Massimino initially struggled in his efforts to become an astronaut.


Rogue Heroes CoverRogue Heroes: The History Of The SAS, Britain’s Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged The Nazis And Changed The Nature Of War by Ben Macintyre

Published: October 4th, 2016

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This book tells the remarkable story of Britain’s World War II special forces unit the SAS and their exploits against the Nazis in both Africa and on the European continent. I’m a sucker for World War II history and I had never heard about the SAS before, so I think this would be an interesting read for me. It promises to be a story of sabotage and stealth missions from one of the first special forces teams of its kind, all with I’m sure a very dapper British twist. You just have to take one look at the cover to see that.


Around The Way Girl CoverAround The Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson

Published: October 11th, 2016

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If you haven’t followed Taraji’s masterful representation of Cookie on FOX TV series Empire, you definitely need to get with the program. Taraji P. Henson has risen to prominence as one of the most acclaimed and well-known African American actresses of our time, having won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe (in which African American actors are unfortunately still extremely underrepresented). This is her memoir of her family, including stories of her father’s experience in Vietnam, her own life as a single mother and her struggle making it in Hollywood as an African American actress. It should be both moving and comedic in equal parts.


Ghostland CoverGhostland: An American History In Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

Published: October 4th, 2016

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It’s almost time for Halloween and spooky stories, and this collection of tales of America’s ghosts would make the perfect Halloween companion. After a house hunt in LA that reveals many ghost stories hidden in his own city, the author decides to embark on a voyage around the United States to experience and catalog other supposedly haunted locales. From haunted mansions, to haunted prisons, and haunted Native American burial grounds, Dickey explores unresolved mysteries and experiences the spine-chilling phantoms in first person so you don’t have to. Curl up with some hot cider or hot chocolate and let yourself be spooked.


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Another Day In The Death Of America: A Chronicle Of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge

Published: October 4th, 2016

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Gun laws and needless shootings have been on our hearts and minds in recent months and years due to the prevalence of senseless gun violence in our society and the impending election. So much depends on electing a representative who supports stronger restrictions on gun ownership and who wants America to join the rest of the developed world in considering guns as inappropriate for private use. This book tells the story of the needless end of seven more young lives, revealing the human aspect behind worrisome statistics. I think the concept of the book is brilliant but it’s sad that telling these stories has become so necessary.


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Les Parisiennes: How The Women Of Paris Lived, Loved, And Died Under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba

Published: October 18th, 2016

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There are a plethora of books out there about how to live the perfect French life, with a baguette in hand, cafe au lait at the ready, always wearing perfectly tailored clothes and red lipstick and allowing your kids to make their own mistakes. This is quite a different type of story about French and specifically Parisian women, recounting their not so much French but really just very human experiences during the Nazi Occupation of Paris. Following waitresses, shop assistants, wives and mothers as they dealt with the new dangerous world they lived in, Anne Sebba reveals the life and death decisions they were forced to make on a daily basis.


Truevine Book CoverTruevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And A Mother’s Quest: A True Story Of The Jim Crow South by Beth Macy

Published: October 18th, 2016

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I continue to try to learn more on African American history in the U.S., as it’s so important to being able to have an informed perspective on recent racial tensions in America. This is the unusual story of two albino African American boys born in the Jim Crow south of the 1900s and forced into a life of slavery and celebrity as part of a circus and other acts due to the way they looked. I recently read The Lives And Loves Of Daisy And Violet Hilton, which follows siamese twins and their difficult story of stardom but also dehumanization and discrimination. I’m expecting Truevine to be significantly more moving and problematic, considering the racial element involved.

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Small Great Things CoverSmall Great Things By Jodi Picoult

Published: October 11th, 2016

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Small Great Things is the gripping story of African American nurse Ruth Jefferson, who works in a labor and delivery ward in Connecticut. While taking care of a baby, Ruth is told she is being reassigned due to a complaint from the white supremacist parents of the baby. Later, when Ruth is alone in the nursery, the baby goes into cardiac arrest and she must decide whether to follow her orders or perform CPR. The ensuing lawsuit bring outs issues of racial discrimination, privilege, justice and compassion as Ruth tries to find common ground with the white public defender who is assigned to cover her case. Ruth’s family will be strongly affected by the outcome and I think the reader will to.


The Whistler Book CoverThe Whistler by John Grisham

Published: October 25th, 2016

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The only John Grisham novel I’ve ever read is The Rainmaker – don’t ask me why. I’m undecided on whether I should start reading Grisham again by tackling his newest novel The Whistler, or whether I should go back to some of his earlier and most famous titles. If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments. The Whistler is the story of Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board Of Judicial Conduct who finds herself on the case of an extremely corrupt judge who has been receiving bribes to facilitate construction of a Mafia-financed casino on Native American land. As Lacy navigates the case and learns of the whistle blower who wants to reveal the judge’s actions, she doesn’t realize that this case may end up being her last.


The Trespasser Book CoverThe Trespasser by Tana French

Published: October 4th, 2016

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This is the sixth installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French. Detective Antoinette Conway, the protagonist, is a no-nonsense woman with a strong personality who is struggling to be accepted as the only female in an otherwise all male detective squad. With her new partner, Stephen Moran, they are assigned the case of Aislin Murray, a pretty blonde who seems to have been the victim of run of the mill domestic violence on the part of her boyfriend. As the evidence doesn’t add up, however, Conway starts to suspect that this isn’t a straightforward case at all and that not everything within her own squad may be as it seems.


Today Will Be Different Book CoverToday Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Published: October 4th, 2016

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By the author of Where’d You Go BernadetteToday Will Be Different is the story of Eleanor Flood, a working mother who, like most of us nowadays, is struggling to keep a sense of self and a healthy mindset among the pressures of modern life. After a move from New York to Seattle, Eleonor’s family seems to be doing just fine. Eleonor is struggling with keeping up with life’s requirements, however, and she decides to start off the day by narrowing her to do list down to the basics, in order to reduce the pressure on herself. As the novel unfolds over a single day of Eleonor and her family’s life, the reader soon realizes that when you try to simplify your life, often you find yourself grappling with unexpected complications.


Who We Were Before Book CoverWho We Were Before by Leah Mercer

Published: October 1st, 2016

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Who We Were Before is the story of a couple – Zoe and Edward – who lost their son in a tragic car accident. Zoe feels that there may have been more she could have done to prevent their son’s death, and she lives with the guilt of that moment fresh in her mind. The accident has put a barrier up in Zoe and Edward’s relationship and they are struggling to reconnect and move on with their lives as a couple. They decide to embark on a weekend in Paris to see if it’ll help to rekindle their love for each other. Once in Paris, however, the two are inadvertently separated and find themselves alone in the foreign metropolis. They must work to find each other and at the same time find a way back to themselves.


Hag-Seed Book CoverHag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Published: October 11th, 2016

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In this modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Margaret Atwood creates a novel that is a play within the play. The novel is Atwood’s participation in the Hogarth Shakespeare challenge, in which famous authors recreate a play by the world’s most famous bard. Her protagonist, Felix, is a theater director fallen on hard times who decides to enact Shakespeare’s Tempest within a prison, where he is teaching a theater course to several inmates. Felix, Like Prospero in the original, is staging the play in order to enact revenge on those who led to his career’s demise. The Tempest is my favorite Shakespeare play and I was fortunate enough to watch it live in London at the reconstructed Globe theater, standing just inches from the stage. I’m hoping Atwood’s interpretation will prove just as compelling.


Exhume Book CoverExhume by Danielle Girard

Published: October 1st, 2016

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Annabelle Schwartzman is the medical examiner for the San Francisco Police Department, like a real life Bones. She works with detective Hal Harris (a real life Booth) to determine what the bodies of the deceased can reveal about how they met their end. But Annabelle also has a difficult past that she thinks she has escaped, having suffered in an abusive relationship at the hands of her former husband. As Annabelle takes on a new case, she realizes that the victim has an eerie resemblance to herself, and additional evidence suggests that the killer may be planning more murders. As the novel unravels Annabelle worries her past may have come back to haunt her and that her life may be in danger.


What October 2016 releases are you looking forward to most?

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