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New in Nonfiction from Michelle Obama, Stephen Colbert, and More

by | November 2
November 2018 Nonfiction New Releases

November brings amazing nonfiction reads! When you’re not making your voice heard in the midterm elections, check out our top picks for humor, advice, wisdom, and more!

When you’re not making your voice heard in the midterm elections, check out Pat Cunnane’s West Winging It, a memoir about his experience as President Obama’s senior speechwriter. And speaking about the Obamas’, who can’t wait to read Michelle Obama’s new memoir, Becoming. Speaking of current times, you won’t be able to put down Whose Boat Is This Boat?, a children’s book comprised solely of President Donald Trump’s quotes, by none other than the staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

For those of you that really need an awesome dose of female empowerment, take a look at Elizabeth Foley’s What Would Cleopatra Do? and Limitless by Leah Tinari. Both of these books give a closer look at some pretty incredible women. While the former book is filled with advice from women in history, the latter portrays the achievements and artwork of 24 kickass ladies, including Carrie Fisher! If you are down in the dumps, and feeling lonely, How to Be Alone by Lane Moore delves into self-understanding through her essays.

If you went to see Bohemian Rhapsody in the theaters and fell in love with it, (or if you just love Queen) you’ll definitely need the making of the movie book as well. Finally, long before there was Making a Murder, there was Ann Rule. In her classic true crime book The Stranger Beside Me, Rule delves into her personal correspondence with the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy himself.

Want to learn more about these books? Keep reading!

What Would Cleopatra Do?

What Would Cleopatra Do?

by Elizabeth Foley

Shefali's Pick #1
Ladies, get in formation! What Would Cleopatra Do? is chock-full of advice from amazing women throughout history—including Cleopatra, not surprisingly—about how to deal with shit that women have been coping with for centuries. Don’t feel great about your body image? Dealing with gossipy coworkers? Strong case of imposter syndrome? Enduring a complicated relationship with the term “feminist?” Catherine the Great, Mae West, Hedy Lamarr, and more have answers and wisdom for you.

Limitless

Limitless

by Leah Tinari

Shefali's Pick #2
Technically, Limitless is classified as a children’s book—but I’m getting a copy for myself, gifting copies to friends, and highly recommend you get copies to do the same because this book is inspirational and beautiful. Artist Leah Tinari has created portraits of 24 kickass ladies, spotlighting their achievements and indelible impact on the world. The artwork is gorgeous, and the book features Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Yuri Kochiyama, and many more! The book is so named because, “These women’s dreams were without boundaries; their accomplishments limitless in their reach and lasting power.”

(Are you sensing a theme with my picks this month?! If so, you are correct. Vote, fight, hustle.)

 

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Whose Boat Is This Boat?

Whose Boat Is This Boat?

by The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Zack’s Pick
Whose Boat Is This Boat? is likely the very first children’s book that demonstrates what not to say after a natural disaster, with all proceeds going to organizations that aid hurricane victims. The book is comprised solely of quotations from President Donald J. Trump’s September 2018 response to Hurricane Florence. This category of wry-children’s-books-for-adults has become abundant these days, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of parody publishing. Originally debuted as part of a sketch on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the book is an excellent teaching tool for readers of all ages who enjoy learning about empathy by the process of elimination. As our fearless leader says: Have a good time!

How to Be Alone

How to Be Alone

by Lane Moore

Stef's Pick #1
From the sex and relationships editor at Cosmopolitan, and creator of the comedy show Tinder Live!, comes a uniquely introspective book about loneliness. Rather than focusing on statistics or clinical studies, Moore chooses to humanize her own experiences with and without relationships in fourteen different essays in How to Be Alone. It’s not just about her love life, it’s about her friendships, her family, and finally, her acceptance of who she is. From her struggles with mental health, to her coming out as queer, Moore allows every reader to feel sincerely understood and heard. In other words, this book makes you less lonely, even when you feel alone.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

by Owen Williams

Stef's Pick #2
If you love Queen and Freddie Mercury, and you’re looking forward to the new movie (featuring Rami Malek!), then Bohemian Rhapsody is the book for you. Get an inside look at how the key cast and crew members re-created 1970s London, from pivotal moments in the band’s history, to the music we know and love. Owen Williams had full access to all aspects of the film, but he delves even deeper into the behind-the-scenes history of Queen. The people, events, music, costumes, and more—the perfect souvenir for fans. The band’s Brian May and Roger Taylor both even wrote a forward for the book!

West Winging It

West Winging It

by Pat Cunnane

Abby's Pick #1
Can I just make this a string of Obama GIFs? If you’re someone who still misses our 44th president, you’ll love this funny, frank memoir—now in paperback!—from his senior speechwriter (who’d only been out of college for, like, five years!). In the Before Times, a White House disaster meant handling the media when the President reaches over the sneeze guard at Chipotle, or accidentally leaves a chocolate cake out where Bo, the First Dog, could get to it. Alongside these small day to day mishaps, Pat Cunnane discusses the more significant moments of Obama’s tenure in West Winging It with an earnest respect for the gravity of the office. You basically get a ringside seat to what it’s like when you’re 25, and the POTUS is your boss.

The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me

by Ann Rule

Abby's Pick #2
Before there was Making a Murderer, or The Staircase, or Serial, there was The Stranger Beside Me. If you can’t get enough of true crime stories, you should be psyched—Ann Rule has written about dozens of freaky, compelling crimes in her lengthy career. But the one you should start with is this classic book in a new paperback edition: Rule discovers that the mild-mannered, sensitive guy she works with at a crisis hotline is none other than notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Incredible reporting plus a personal correspondence with Bundy himself that lasted until his death? Cancel your plans and start reading…after you lock your doors.

Becoming

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

Saimah's Pick
Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir,  Becoming, is releasing this month and I want it (need it!) now. As the midterm elections draw closer, Michelle’s been voicing her support for a number of candidates and gracing us with her eloquence in the spotlight. In Becoming, she tells stories about growing up in Chicago, what it was like to be FLOTUS, and more. She reveals private and public ups and downs and other life experiences that have shaped the woman she is today. As part of the promotion for the book, she is doing a 12-stop book tour with A-List moderators (Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracee Ellis Ross)! I’m eager to find out if she will say what’s next for the Obamas beyond the Obama Foundation. She recently announced the Global Girls Alliance, which is a program through the foundation that focuses on improving girls’ education worldwide. Will her work with the foundation lead to Michelle Obama running for office? Only time will tell…

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