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Check Out Bookstr’s Non Fiction Recommendations This Week!


Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are bestsellers, and showcase what’s resonating with audiences right now! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!


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5. The Making of Alien by J.W. Rinzler 

The Making of Alien by J.W. Rinzler is an excellent compendium for fans of the original Aliendirected by Ridley Scott. In celebration of the film’s fortieth anniversary, the author tells the fascinating behind the scenes story of the creation of the terrifying science fiction film. With brand new interviews from Ridley Scott, never before seen photographs, and concept art from the archives. This is a definitive guide to anyone who loves the original film and wishes to learn more about it, showing how the horror film came to life.


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4. Becoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski

Becoming Superman by J. Michael Stracyzynski is a dazzling memoir of the acclaimed Hollywood and comic book writer, detailing how he was impacted by the turmoil of his family at an early age. To escape his abusive environment, Joe turned to comics and fiction to escape, igniting his imagination. This is the memoir to read if you’re a fan of Stracyzynski’s work, detailing his career and never before secrets about his past.


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3. Dressed in Dreams by Tanisha C. Ford

Dressed In Dreams by Tanisha C. Ford is a deep personal dive into the fashion and clothing styles of Black America. Fashion expert Tanisha C. Ford investigates the history of afros, go go boots, and hot pants, baggy jeans and earrings, and hoodies of today inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The history of these garments is tied with Ford’s own coming of age in a Midwest city and black innovation that served as both a movement and freedom of expression. The history of black fashion is explored thoroughly here, in all its pain, its beauty, and its continuing influence on society.


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2. The Plaza by Julie Satow 

The Plaza by Julie Satow is about the secret history of America’s most famous hotel. In this definitive history, award-winning journalist Julie Satow not only pulls back the curtain on Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball and The Beatles’ first stateside visit, she also follows the money trail. The Plaza reveals how a handful of rich, dowager widows were the financial lifeline that saved the hotel during the Great Depression, and how, today, foreign money and anonymous shell companies have transformed iconic guest rooms into condominiums that shield ill-gotten gains, hollowing out parts of the hotel, as well as the city around it.


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1. The Wrong end of the Table by Ayser Salman

The Wrong End of The Table by Ayser Salman is a story of a Muslim’s journey of integration into America and the pain that comes with it. First comes Emigration, then Naturalization, and finally Assimilation—trying to fit in among her blonde-haired, blue-eyed counterparts, and always feeling left out. On her journey to Americanhood, Ayser sees more naked butts at pre-kindergarten daycare than she would like, breaks one of her parents’ rules (“Thou shalt not participate as an actor in the school musical where a male cast member rests his head in thy lap”), and other things good Muslim Arab girls are not supposed to do. And, after the 9/11 attacks, she experiences the isolation of being a Muslim in her own country. It takes hours of therapy, fifty-five rounds of electrolysis, and some ill-advised romantic dalliances for Ayser to grow into a modern Arab American woman who embraces her cultural differences. This is both a memoir and a how-to-guide, showcasing what its like to be an Arab-American.


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Mahershala Ali to Star in ‘Blade’ Reboot!

Exciting news for Marvel fans! Over the weekend, at Marvel’s panel that reveled their next slate of films there were some exciting news revealed! Marvel’s Phase 4 films include several sequels to prior films including Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Widow. A few new titles were revealed to be underway as well, including television properties such as Loki, Wanda/Vision, and Falcon and the Winter Solider, in addition to original, new properties such as The Eternals and Shang Chi. But the most exciting announcement of the panel came at the very end, where seconds before the end Kevin Fiege, the head executive of Marvel Entertainment, revealed that a Blade reboot was coming. Even more exciting, two time Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali is to star in the lead role as the titular comic book character.


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For those unaware, Blade is an African-English superhero from Marvel Comics. Originating from The Tomb of Dracula as a supporting character, Blade is a vampire/human hybrid, with the powers of a vampire but able to walk in sunlight and to stave off his thirst for blood. Despite his cool concept, Blade didn’t become truly popular until a trio of films in the 1990s were adapted for the big screen, starring Wesley Snipes as the vampire slayer. Blade and Blade II were well received for their action, stylish flavor, and Snipes’s performance but the third film, Blade: Trinitywas so badly received that it sunk the franchise. Despite this, Blade has remained a popular character in the comics but has never truly risen to a starring role. Blade’s look is fairly simplistic, as he wears dark sunglasses, a long trench coat, and wields a sword.

Which makes it so surprising that Blade was unveiled is that Blade was already done in movies, so seeing him again is incredibly surprising. Not to mention getting an established actor like Ali to portray the superhero. It’s also incredibly exciting to see another black superhero besides Black Panther headlining a movie, showcasing that Marvel will be pushing for increased diversity in the future. Now, Blade was only just announced and isn’t even on the featured slate of films for Phase 4, so we likely won’t be seeing him anytime soon. But still, this surprise announcement was the highlight of the panel for us.


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Are you excited to see the superhero Blade take up arms against vampires on the big screen? What sort of role do you think he’ll play in the MCU? And how about Mahershala Ali to play him? Any speculation of how the movie will take form and who might direct? Let us know in the comments!

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