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Sandy’s Selections of New Books

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.

New books: Brother & SisterBrother & Sister by Diane Keaton | Memoir

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.

Readers Recommend:

Then Again by Diane Keaton

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton

Boys in the Trees: A Memoir by Carly Simon

 

New books: The XX BrainThe XX Brain by Lisa Mosconi | Non-Fiction

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.

Readers Recommend:

Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power by Lisa Mosconi

The End of Alzheimer’s by Dale Bredsen

The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes On Alzheimer’s by Maria Shriver

 

New books: The Other Mrs.The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica | Mystery

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.

Readers Recommend:

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Then She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

 

New books: WhistleblowerWhistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber by Susan Fowler | Memoir

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.

Readers Recommend:

Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy

Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment by Linda Hirshman

Master Your Motivation: Three Scientific Truths for Achieving Your Goals by Susan Fowler

 

New books: Follow MeFollow Me by Kathleen Barber | Fiction

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.

Readers Recommend:

Truth Be Told: A Novel by Kathleen Barber (now an Apple TV+Series)

Ghosted: A Novel by Rosie Walsh

American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins

 

New books: In the Land of MenIn the Land of Men by Adrienne Miller | Memoir  

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.  

Readers Recommend:

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

Coast of Akron: A Novel by Adrienne Miller

 

New books: Chanel's RivieraChanel’s Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930-1944 by Anne De Courcy | History

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!

Readers Recommend:

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts

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