As this autumn abounds with fresh leaves hitting the ground, take a moment to stop, smell the clean air, and grab one of these highly anticipated new releases. These nonfiction titles present a wealth of perspectives on mental health, social inequality, family, and even cosmetics. We’re sure you’ll find a goodie.
Summons to Berlin: Nazi Theft and a Daughter’s Quest for Justice by Joanne Intrator 8/1
Before Dr. Joanne Intrator’s father died, he asked her two important questions. Those questions will lead her to a center-city Berlin building at 16 Wallstrasse, the home the Nazis tore from her family in 1938. The deeper she digs, the more she’s confronted with her profound fears surrounding Germany and the Holocaust. But along the way, it becomes clear just who Dr. Joanne Intrator is and all that she’s capable of accomplishing.
Unfinished Business by Melanie Smith 8/8
Drawing on personal experience, Melanie Smith has delved into the complexities of grief, trauma, and happiness, including them in her research. Her findings led to the creation of Unfinished Business—an eight-step process that enables individuals to overcome all the heartbreak and negative self-talk imagined. Her work guides readers to foster success in love, relationships, business, finance, and health.
While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence by Meg Kissinger 9/5
In Meg Kissinger’s household in the suburbs of Chicago in the 1960s, all appeared well. On the outside looking in, her family glowed. With eight children and the nurturing embrace of two affectionate parents, the Kissingers exuded a vibrant and lively spirit. Yet, concealed within the confines of their private space, a more somber truth was unfurling—a mother grappling with anxiety and depression, a father battling bouts of mania and violence, and children entangled in the grip of bipolar disorder and depression, two of whom already taken their lives. But through it all, the Kissingers continued to wear their facades hidden behind dark humor and their one family rule — never utter a word.
Tinderbox: One Family’s Story of Adoption, Neurodiversity, and Fierce Love by Lynn Alsup 9/12
Life for Lynn and her adoptive Haitian daughter Clare had its ups and downs. Preschool Clare with belly laughs and smiles, then later as a pre-teen walking hand in hand with Lynn through their neighborhood. It was there that Clare created plans to end her life. Years later, the family can be seen in and out of psychiatric hospitals and groups, Lynn barely keeping her sanity tack. Then she discovered fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and its occurrence in children, and things for Lynn and Clare just might get a little better.
Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, and Impostor Syndrome by Aparna Nancherla 9/17
No one does impostor syndrome quite like Aparna Nancherla. In this collection of essays, she draws on her talents as a comedian, shedding light on her inner battles with depression, nicknamed Brenda, and anxiety. Luckily her crippling self-doubt also comes with keen self-examination, and through her journey, she delivers insightful pieces on body image, being in a productive culture, and the ultra-meme-ability of mental health language.
Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts by Bill O’Reilly 9/26
Bill O’Reilly revisits the inexplicable event in American history during the 1692-1693 Salem witch trials. What started with two young girls suffering violent fits led to the spread of almost every young woman experiencing it. More than 200 were accused, 30 were found guilty, 20 were executed, and many lives were ruined or lost in jail. But what occurred in Salem, and what does the investigation truly say about the community and the town of Salem?
Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon by Michael Lewis 10/3
When Michael Lewis met Sam Bankman-Fried, Sam had a lot going on. He was the world’s youngest billionaire and a crypto figure reminiscent of Gatsby, attracting attention from CEOs, celebrities, and world leaders due to his sudden ascent to the Forbes billionaire list. But the more Lewis spent time with him, the more he pondered: who was this cargo-wearing video gamer billionaire? Delving into the enigmatic persona of Bankman-Fried, from his rise to the financial rollercoaster that led to his fall, and the choices he lived by, Lewis traces it all.
The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA by Liza Mundy 10/17
Upon its creation in 1947, the CIA instantly became one of the most important spy services in the world. The growing intelligence agency needed women to type memos, send messages, manipulate expense accounts, and keep secrets. Despite discrimination—even because of it—these clerks and secretaries became some of the shrewdest, toughest operatives the agency employed. These women confronted and triumphed over institutional stereotypes. Entering the modern era, it took this close-knit network of female CIA analysts to usher the industry along. This story tells of the historical moments that made it all possible.
Eyeliner: A Cultural History by Zahra Hankir 11/14
Throughout time eyeliner has been a trademark aesthetic for celebrities and influencers alike. Using various tools like pens, powders, and gels, the fascination holds no end. But the meaning runs deeper, becoming a portal to history. Viewed from the perspective of Zahra Hankir, the story unfolds the rich history and significance of eyeliner as it toured through streets and stages, especially among communities of color.