What’s new from She Writes Press: October 2019

Can you believe it’s already October? September just flew by. With a new month comes new books! As always, She Writes Press has an abundance of titles for you to check out. It’s quite the flavorful mix this month: not only do we have fiction titles and memoirs, but we also have some self-help titles coming your way.

If you liked Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt, read As Long as It’s Perfect by Lisa Tognola

When Janie and her husband decided to build their dream home together, Janie was optimistic. Soon, they found themselves arguing about every detail. Then the economy collapsed and reality hit them: they were sinking their entire savings into building a house they couldn’t afford while struggling to sell off the house they already had. Follow Janie’s foray into construction as she deals with contractors and struggles to keep her marriage together and stay out of debt.


If you liked Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, read Finding the Wild Inside: Exploring Our Inner Landscape Through the Arts, Dreams, and Intuition by Marilyn Kay Hagar

Using stories from her own life as a vehicle, Hagar illustrates the largely untapped, less rational part of our inner selves that we have not been taught to navigate. She calls this our wild inside. Under her instruction, engage in artful play, contemplate your dreams, foster your intuition and reconnect with Mother Nature to discover your authentic wild self.


If you liked Sex Object by Jessica Valenti, read Just a Girl: Growing Up Female and Ambitious by Lucinda Jackson

Just a Girl is more than a memoir of sexism within the male-dominated scientific and business fields. It’s a call to action. Not only will you follow Lucinda through her personal battles with sexism and sexual harassment, but you will find information about the court cases and lawsuits that helped get the advances we enjoy today. It also outlines the work still to be done to stop the cycle of sexual harassment.


If you liked The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee, read Mani/Pedi: A True-Life Rags-to-Riches Story by Krista Beth Driver

In this true story, follow Charlie as she escapes Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon with a husband, two sisters and two toddlers in tow. While this harrowing journey could be a whole book, it’s only the beginning for Charlie. Once she landed in the U.S., she started working in the nail industry. Her refined technique earned her a loyal customer base, and when she crossed paths with Olivett, together they built an empire.


If you liked A Few Minor Adjustments by Cherie Kephart, read Sensitive: My Journey through a Toxic World by Pookie Sekmet

Pookie Sekmet is a Harvard-educated CPA with a debilitating chemical intolerance. In her memoir, she weaves her search through her family history to discover her childhood trigger with guidance on how to avoid toxic chemicals in everyday life. Between family trauma and her health struggles, she becomes a whistleblower within a corrupt, patriarchal corporation.


If you liked The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, read Shedding Our Stars: The Story of Hans Calmeyer and How He Saved Thousands of Families Like Mine by Laureen Nussbaum with Karen Kirtley

While many have heard of Schindler and the many Jews he saved during the Holocaust, his heroism is dwarfed by that of the lesser-known Hans Calmeyer who saved at least 3,700 Jews. Laureen Nussbaum and her family were among the ones he was able to save. This is their story, their tale of survival and beyond, interwoven with Calmeyer’s as well. It’s a story of courage and resilience in the darkest of times.


If you liked Blind Curves by Linda Crill, read She Rode a Harley: A Memoir of Love and Motorcycles by Mary Jane Black

After Mary escaped her abusive marriage, she agreed to go on a blind date. To her surprise, she fell in love with him. Her new man, Dwayne, is convinced that riding a Harley is exactly what she needs to restore her confidence. As she loves Dwayne, she begins to love motorcycles as well. When Mary loses Dwayne to cancer, she continues to ride on her own.


If you liked Beautiful Boy by David Sheff, read Suspended Sentence: A Memoir by Janice Morgan

When her son Dylan was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm and drug charges, Janice Morgan’s world was turned upside-down. Dylan’s case receives a diversion to drug court and Janice can finally breathe a sigh of relief – only to discover that she, too, has been sentenced. She embarks on a series of “rescue missions” to help Dylan stay in the program and to gain a deeper understanding of the issues Dylan is dealing with.


If you liked Who is Rich? By Matthew Klam, read The Art of Regret by Mary Fleming

Trevor McFarquhar lives a quiet, controlled life. He runs a struggling Parisian bicycle shop. He has no ambitions or dreams. He holds others to the same high standards to which he holds himself and is unforgiving of flaws. His romantic relationships are casual. His friends are few. Then 1995 Paris Transit Strike occurs, he makes an unforgivable mistake, and his veneer crumbles.


If you liked True Refuge by Tara Brach, read The Interplay of Psychology and Spirituality: A Resource for Counselors and Psychotherapists by Alexandra M. Hepburn

In this thought-provoking resource, Alexandra M. Hepburn explores the subtle, fluid relationship between psychology and spirituality. She offers valuable perspectives on how to embrace spirituality and religion in helping professions. She highlights psychospiritual problems, ethical dilemmas and diagnostic challenges for nine fictional characters based on Enneagram types.


If you liked A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite, read The Trouble with Becoming a Witch by Amy Edwards

From the outside, it looks as if Veronica has a happy life. But she and her husband are always fighting – mostly about how to raise their daughter. Even if she isn’t allowed to teach her daughter about her beliefs, Veronica still wants to explore them herself, but when her husband catches her researching witchcraft, her marriage – and her will to keep up the façade of a perfect life – crumbles.


If you liked The Story You Need to Tell by Sandra Marinella, read Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life Through Storytelling by Dr. Tyra Manning

In this guidebook for transformation through self-expression, renowned educator Dr. Tyra Manning invites readers to dwell on their emotional histories. Through writing prompts and tools, she aims to spark creative thought and self-reflection. Her book serves to help readers use writing as a means of creative expression and as a tool to navigate difficult times in their lives.

This article is sponsored by She Writes Press.

*Disclosure: The links above are affiliate links. These picks are editorially selected, but if you purchase, She Reads may get something in return. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

Samantha Strom

Samantha likes to tout herself as a cross-platform storyteller, but all that really means is that she likes creating media as much as she enjoys consuming it. In her role as an Editorial Project Manager at SparkPoint Studio (the parent company of She Reads), she manages the blog for SparkPress, but sometimes the content turns out to be better suited for She Reads.

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