If there was ever a time we needed some new books to read, it is now! Sandy’s selections of new books include gripping story lines, Coco Chanel, and a mystery to solve, not to mention Prime Woman Diane Keaton’s new memoir. Here are 7 new books to keep you distracted through this crisis and away from the never-ending reporting on the coronavirus.
Actress Diane Keaton revisits her childhood and life with her beloved yet troubled younger brother. Her third memoir draws on the family archives; of photos, letters, her brother’s writings and mother’s journals. Keaton tries to make sense of her brother’s descent into mental illness that paralleled her climb to stardom in Hollywood. She takes a long hard look at her relationship with her brother, wanting to have another chance at being a better sister.
The XX Brain explains how hormonal changes make a woman’s brain especially vulnerable to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Women’s brains age differently from men’s mostly due to the decline of a critical brain-protective hormone: estrogen. Preventive medicine and life style modifications designed specifically for women reduce this risk. One of the new books for April that is an empowering read for all women to learn how to protect and nourish their brains.
This Is an eerie mystery about a family who can’t escape the secrets of their past. Involved are a wife and husband, the other woman and a murder. There is a strong sense of foreboding throughout, making it quite a suspenseful read. Entertaining from beginning to end with twists and turns that keep the reader off balance. Netflix has acquired the film rights.
Time Magazine recognized Susan Fowler as “Person of the Year” one of the “Silence Breakers” in 2017. Her blog post describing the sexual harassment and retaliation she’d experienced at Uber brought down their powerful CEO with details of Uber’s shockingly toxic workplace. Fowler fought back each time she was mistreated. Her story serves as a crucial reminder that we can take back our power and fight for a more just and equitable world.
An Instagram influencer with over a million followers, Audrey loves posting everything about her life on line. Follow Me is one of those new books that offer a cautionary tale of the dangers of oversharing online. It is witty and suspenseful, not dark and scary, with a well-played twist at the end.
Truth Be Told: A Novel by Kathleen Barber (now an Apple TV+Series)
Adrienne Miller was the first woman Literary Editor of Esquire in the nineties “Golden Age“ of print magazines. Her new book is very well written and tells of her coming to power in the age of David Foster Wallace, who happens to be her good friend and great enemy. Miller is a remarkable and very relatable character who blazed new trails for professional women.
Chanel’s Riviera is entertaining, with captivating stories about the party life style of the rich and famous on the Cote d’Azur and in Paris before World War II. Coco Chanel is the main character we follow throughout the book; her perfume, fashion, her lovers and closing her business during the war. Readers are then drawn into the devastating effect of Nazi invasion of France and the occupation that followed. Starkly different times in history. This is one new book not to miss!
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