All prices are in AUD$ and include GST â Readings Pty Ltd, ABN: 45 005 153 533, Illustrations by Oslo Davis â Website by Icelab, I love books but please don't show me this pop-up again, Stocking self-published and small press books at Readings, The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Written as a reflection on mortality, loss and aging, against the backdrop of 2016âs political turmoil, the narrative moves between everyday experiences, memory and dreams. Three Women is an incredibly accomplished piece of writing, and a unique exploration of some of the ways in which womenâs inner lives have become obscured by public discourses of sexuality. Here are a few new picks to get you started in 2019. —Steven Edelstone, Summer Brennan’s brief book about the titular object combines beautiful prose and insightful analysis to create a text that interrogates gender, power, fashion and history. The Disastrous Swedish Approach to Fighting COVID-19, U.S. Similiar to our list of 100 (Fiction) Books to Read in a Lifetime, this list of 50 non-fiction books contains recommendations you might actually read (if you haven't already).This curated list covers the gamut of non-fiction, from compelling war stories to key feminist texts, to unbelievable struggles for survival, to tales of life in the culinary trade.
Read TIME’s picks for the best fiction books, movies and TV shows of 2019 — so far. —Bridey Heing, Melding personal trauma, academic analysis, speculative trappings and formalist playfulness, In the Dream House follows the arc of Carmen Maria Machado’s first serious relationship, which starts optimistically (as most do) and quickly descends into emotional manipulation and abuse. In The Collected Schizophrenias, Wang balances her personal battles with thorough research, bravely demonstrating why these topics should provoke more public dialogue. The 13 essays in Esmé Weijun Wang’s dynamic collection offer a new vocabulary for discussing the perils and misconceptions surrounding mental and chronic illness. This book is designed to shock readers out of complacency and incite action, as we enter a new era for humanity and the Earth. What makes this book a must-read is not its luminous prose (which is stunning) or its twists (which you’ll remember months later); it’s the fact that you’ll believe she’s weaving a story personally for you by the end. —Frannie Jackson, Esmé Weijun Wang’s memoir of her life with schizoaffective disorder bears the heavy burden of proving its author’s very humanity. What follows is the story of the events after Greta’s death, as Jayson and Stacy are forced to endure the aftermath. is more than an account of rape in a Bergdorf’s dressing room. And unlike many rock memoirs, Folds tells the full story, spending more time on how he failed in his career than when he succeeded—not even getting to the formation of Ben Folds Five until just over the halfway point. The period after the abolition of slavery should have been a hopeful one for African-Americans. Best books of 2019: Literary non-fiction. Folds is frequently heartfelt and hilarious at the same time, highlighting what it actually took to become the piano legend that he is today rather than simply focusing on the entertaining rock star antics that happened after he was already famous. It was instead destroyed twice—first by Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and then by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In The Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells warns of the grim future we’ll face if we don’t step up to help protect the planet. Greene, a music journalist and writer, takes his reader along for this journey through grief to renewed life. —Bridey Heing, New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino is the perfect age (31) and possesses the perfect byline history (The Hairpin, Jezebel) to chart the departing decade in culture writing—from the personal-essay boom to the medium’s corporate #sponcon co-opting and ongoing death by vulture capitalism.
From a book about Dirty Dancing to memoirs about life as queer Muslims and a look at the life of a documentary maker, 2019’s non-fiction releases will provide you with inspiration, advice and more. —Bridey Heing, In his history of the United States, Daniel Immerwahr shifts the focus from the U.S. mainland to the territories and overseas holdings it has controlled throughout the nation’s history. In vivid prose, Cep opens new doors to understanding one of America’s literary heavyweights. Economics books. Looking for even more reading recommendations? In her latest collection of essays, West turns her wit to our troubling times, taking aim at pop culture and politics. What happened to Harper Lee after she published To Kill a Mockingbird? Jackson places his experiences with violence, crime and trauma in a broader context through photographs and stories of his male relatives, illuminating the true costs of survival in the U.S. All Rights Reserved, Frannie Jackson and the Paste Books Staff. It comes with a further provocation: that Indigenous knowledge be used to find our ways towards a sustainable future. American courtrooms are meant to be equal playing fields for both the prosecution and the defense. Referring to the way that white womenâs performance of victimhoodÂ â and refusal to acknowledge their part in racial oppressionÂ â continues to silence women of colour, this book exposes unresolved issues at the intersection of race and gender. In Charged, Emily Bazelon presses us to stop giving prosecutors so much power in the courtroom. Essays about her experiences in Hollywood making her Hulu show Shrill sit easily alongside considerations of climate change thanks to West’s ability to crack a joke while taking her subject matter seriously. In doing so, Broom cuts through what has become a well-known narrative and replaces rote fact with a human saga. —Bridey Heing, For years the world knew Chanel Miller as Emily Doe, the survivor in the Brock Turner rape case. From reality TV and the internet, to the status of identity, feminism, and womanhood in this political moment, Jia Tolentino writes with the aplomb of the best essayists.
This is Patti Smith at her poetic finest. . In his nonfiction debut, award-winning novelist Mitchell S. Jackson explains what it’s like to grow up black in one of the whitest cities in the country: Portland, Ore. Jackson’s brutally honest memoir delves into his own past — ruminating on his mother’s drug addiction — alongside the histories of the men who came before him. Based on exhaustive research and many hours of interviews conducted with friends, family, and colleagues from across the political spectrum, this book is a fascinating study of an Australian political powerhouse. Not only does Say Nothing immerse readers in an essential period of Irish history, but it also adds to a larger conversation about the lengths to which people will go to achieve peace.
Ojibwe author David Treuer, who grew up on a reservation in Minnesota, takes a comprehensive look at the Native American experience, focusing on the events after the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre. Plagues, fires and floods sound like the elements of an apocalyptic fantasy, but, David Wallace-Wells warns, they could soon become our reality if global warming continues at its current pace. —Alexis Gunderson, An award-winning poet, Saeed Jones weaves a radiant coming-of-age saga in his new memoir. While never dismissive of the confidence a stiletto can bring, Brennan’s book challenges the reader to hold two ideas of what a high heel can be—empowering and painful, a mark of beauty and of limited mobility—at one time, complicating the narrative in a deeply engaging way. —Steve Foxe, Mitchell S. Jackson is one of the finest writers currently working in the English language, and the language he uses is uniquely his own. An exceptional piece of narrative nonfiction, told with great empathy. Machado writes much of the memoir in the second-person, which strengthens the emotional gut-punch of her lived experiences and provides a sort of warning-cum-roadmap for queer women who may find themselves in similar scenarios. An accomplished collection of essays from a rising star of her generation, Trick Mirror is an excursion in contemporary cultural critique. Best non-fiction books of 2020. There's something about reading a book based on a true story that's so much more exciting — whether it's a memoir or a biography. At a time of crisis around the world, Tyson Yunkaportaâs Sand Talk is a provocation to recognise the unique perspectives that are offered by Indigenous modes of thinking. Trick Mirror is as potent as the personal essay gets in the highly curated world of today. In Charged, Bazelon follows the cases of two young defendants, blending in-depth reporting with a harrowing narrative that highlights what she views as the dangerous powers of prosecutors. Jayson Greene and his wife Stacy are blazing through New York City, trying to get the hospital where their two-year-old daughter Greta is lying after a freak accident involving a brick that tumbled from an eighth-floor window.
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