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Continue Your Bookshelf Expansion with Our Nonfiction Picks of the 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 edge of every day by Marin Sardy 

The Edge of Every Day by Marin Sardy is a memoir-in-essays book about her mother’s and brother’s struggles with schizophrenia. Their stories contrast each other: the mother remaining undiagnosed while her brother did receive treatment but unfortunately committed suicide. Sardy offers no easy answers but instead shines a spotlight on the gray areas of showcasing struggles with mental health and how the system often fails those who do. She crafts something incredibly moving and although painful, it is a must read.

 

 

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4. High Heel by Summer Brennan

High Heel by Summer Brennan is a book about, well, you guessed it: high heels. But this is more than a fashion guide, and combines beautiful prose and insightful analysis to create a unique work of text that interrogates gender, fashion, and history. Brennan’s book challenges the reader to think about what a high heel truly is: painful and empowering, beautiful and restrictive, to create a complicated narrative that showcases heels in all their glory.

 

 

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3. Too much is not enough by Andrew Rannells

Too Much Is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells takes us on the journey of a twenty-something-year-old hungry to experience everything New York has to offer: new friends, wild nights, great art, standing ovations. At the heart of his hunger lies a powerful drive to reconcile the boy he was when he left Omaha with the man he desperately wants to be. As Rannells fumbles his way towards the Great White Way, he also shares the drama of failed auditions and behind-the-curtain romances, the heartbreak of losing his father at the height of his struggle, and the exhilaration of making his Broadway debut in Hairspray at the age of twenty-six. Along the way, he learns that you never really leave your past—or your family—behind; that the most painful, and perversely motivating jobs are the ones you almost get; and that sometimes the most memorable nights with friends are marked not by the trendy club you danced at but by the recap over diner food afterward.

 

 

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2. Me Elton John by Elton John

Me Elton John by the iconic singer tells the story of his drama filled, rocky, and yet uplifting life, chronicling his early days as a young boy who grew up in London and dreams of being a pop star. From there, the autobiography details his early singing gigs, the motivations behind his outlandish outfits, to his life spiraling out of control when he hit it big, his suicide attempt, and his recovery that led him to create music for Broadway. The autobiography isn’t just about Elton John’s fascinating life but the road to success, getting clean, and finding love in the simplest things even when you’re the loudest voice on stage.

 

 

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1. Notorious San Francisco by Paul Drexler 

Notorious San Francisco by Paul Drexler is a collection of true stories detailing the darkness beneath San Francisco’s idyllic streets. From serial killers, to organized crime, and bank robberies, this collection has it all, appealing to fans of true crime, noir, and good old fashioned murder thrillers, but with the added excitement that these crimes really happened. Most of these unusual cases are largely unknown and have never appeared in book form. Included are cases that are still unsolved today, including the mysterious tale of the Zodiac Killer, complete with a new analysis and a startling new theory on the murder.

 

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Learn About Broadway’s Leading Ladies Through This A-Z Book

Shake your jazz hands and throw on your reading glasses because a new book about the ABCs of Broadway’s most famous actresses is heading to bookstores soon!

 

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Available for pre-order now, A Is For Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies from A To Z is the perfect picture book for your theater-loving child. This picture book showcases legendary entertainers in alphabetical order, and with the flow and charm of rhyming illustrates what the starlets’ are most known for. It’s the perfect book not only for children, but for Broadway enthusiasts as well!

 

H is for Heather Headley

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According to Broadway.com, the new children’s book from Doubleday Publishing, written by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Peter Emmerich, is scheduled for release on November 12th. With every sale of the book, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization helping men, women and children across the country and across the street receive much needed medication, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

 

K is for Kristin

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A book that spreads the fantastic achievements of Broadway’s actresses, and makes a literal difference in people’s lives? I look forward to this books opening night, November 12th.

 

 

 

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Percy Jackson is Headed to Broadway

We’ve all been there. You’re struggling in school and dealing with the everyday hardships of being a teenager- friends, relationships and changing bodies. Oh, and you just found out that your dad is Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Casual stuff.

 

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If this doesn’t apply to you, you’re probably not Percy Jackson, the protagonist of the 2005 bestselling young adult fantasy novel, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan’s novel intersects adolescence and Greek mythology in a completely relatable, yet absurd way. The novel was adapted into a movie in 2010 starring Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario. Apparently, fans were still not satisfied because in 2014, the story took the stage for the first time. After a thirty two city national tour, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will hit the stage on Broadway for the first time.

 

 

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, performances will begin on September 20 with an opening night date of October 16. The musical will run for a limited time, planning to close in early January 2020. Chris McCarrell will continue his title role of Percy from the national tour to the Broadway stage at Longacre Theater.

 

For the first time, fans can see Percy and his demigod comrades fight monsters, fall under the spell of sirens and confront their mythological parents on a Broadway scale…with a few songs here and there.

 

 

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Outcry as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Snubbed at Tony Awards

The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were just announced this morning. Several prominent productions swept the major categories, but one snub has left many people shocked.

Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird got nine nominations this morning, which include Best Lead Actor in a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play and Best Original Score. While those nominations are good, many were surprised that it was left out of the Best Play category.

Considering the large amount of critical acclaim and box office success that Aaron Sorkin’s version of Harper Lee’s has, the snub is very odd. Many took to Twitter to express their displeasure, or in some cases their enjoyment, at the snub:

 


You can read the full list of Tony nominations here.

Are you a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird? Are you upset it didn’t get nominated for Best Play?

 

 

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Queer Musical ‘The Prom’ Getting YA Novel Adaptation!

Dance your way to the bookstore because the Broadway hit The Prom will be adapted into a young adult novel.

 

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Ah, high school prom! For those of you who attended your prom you’ll remember how much of a mess it was to make it there. The planning and organizing, between car or limo arrangements to hair, make-up, and what to wear, and then there was dealing with the pressure of asking for a date! So glad to be done with that!

Now all of that is hard enough for your average high schooler trying to fit in and be “normal”, but what about those who dared to be original and stray away from the norm so they can be who they truly are?

This is what the Broadway musical The Prom is all about.

 

The show…tells the story of Emma, a high school student in Indiana who becomes the center of a media scandal for wanting to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When her plight catches the attention of some Broadway eccentrics, Emma’s story goes from small-town scandal to theatrical, jazz hand-laden frenzy.

-Playbill, 2019

 

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Confirmed in an Entertainment Weekly exclusive, as well as by Playbill in an article of their own, the musical will be released this upcoming Fall of 2019 as a young adult novel.

 

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YA author Saundra Mitchell, who wrote the teen anthologies Defy the Dark and All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, will be writing the adaptation alongside the the musical’s three writers—Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar. With the book in the hands of these fantastic writers, we know that the musical’s energy and humor, as well as its message of acceptance and inclusion will be upheld.

 

 

 

The novel is already available for pre-order. Be the first to read and add this beautiful story of love, acceptance, and being true to yourself to your library this Fall.

 

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