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See What Everyone Is Talking About With Our Top 5 Nonfiction Picks!

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 center around the theme of current best-sellers, showcasing what nonfiction books are the biggest hits with audiences! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!

 

5. The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman

 

An immigrant woman stands in a neon backdrop in an Art Deco style

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The Good Immigrant is an anthology of stories reflecting on the current state of immigrants and their relationship to America. The United States is consumed by hostile rhetoric over who is welcome across its borders and it seems that everyone’s rights are under attack. In this anthology, numerous writers offer stories about their cultural heritage and their complicated stories in the midst of this crisis. From analyzing cultural appropriation, to a detailing one author’s journey from Nigeria to America, and another author reconnecting with their Korean roots, these stories are emotional, tear jerking, but mandatory for anyone to read in this age.

 

4. The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’meara

 

A woman sits over a desk drawing as a scaly reptilian arm looms over her

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The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara examines the forgotten history of one of Hollywood’s best talents, a woman who was discriminated against and lost to history despite creating one of the most iconic monsters of all time. This is the story of Milicent Patrick, who was one of Disney’s first female animators and created The Creature From the Black Lagoon, a monster that became a staple of Universal’s library of nasties next to Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman. O’Meara sheds light on the history of Milicent Patrick, uncovering her early beginnings to her career in Hollywood, giving the woman the legacy she’s deserved for years.

 

3. The Sakura obsession by Naoko Abe

 

A Japanese man stands with an older gentleman next to a Japanese cherry blossom

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The Sakura Obsession by Naoko Abe tells the true story of how an English eccentric saved Japan’s cherry blossoms from extinction. Collingwood Ingram visited Japan numerous times in the early 1900s, but by 1926 he was horrified to find the flowers were in sharp decline. Determined not to lose them, Ingram’s story chronicles how he used specimens he had taken to England and ferried them back to Japan, reintroducing them to the land and allowing them to flourish. A history of both cherry blossoms and a crazy English man with one hell of an obsession, this work is for any flower or history lover out there.

 

2. Surviving the Forest by Adiva Geffen

 

An old photograph of a woman looms over a dark forest

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Surviving the Forest  tells the true tale of a Jewish holocaust survivor from WWII, known as Shurka, who lived a quiet, lovely existence in Poland. But then, World War II broke out and the Germans invaded Shurka’s hometown. She was taken to a Jewish ghetto, where the Nazis were taking Jews to concentration camps, never to be seen again. Managing to escape the camp with her family, Shurka ends up in the dark forest wilderness of Poland. This is her story of survival, avoiding not only German patrols but the world around her, from wild animals, to natural hazards, to starvation. This is a remarkable work that isn’t easy to read but showcases one woman’s tenacity for survival in the darkest of circumstances.

 

1. Furious Hours by Casey Cep

 

A forest is lit by light

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Furious Hours by Casey Cep uncovers the mystery surrounding beloved writer Harper Lee and the events that led to her beginning to write a true crime book in the vein of her childhood friend Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. A reverend named Willie Maxwell was acquitted for the murder of a family of five before being shot dead himself. Harper Lee in later years was trying to write another book and chose the reverend as the central character of a nonfiction book about the murders. The case is told in three sections, the first part about Maxwell, the second about his lawyer that helped him avoid justice, and the third about Harper Lee herself trying to write about his case. This book not only offers research into a murder mystery but paints an evocative portrait of Lee herself, chronicling her life, her success, and her slow decline as she struggled with fame. This is a wonderfully researched work, full of brilliant detail that doesn’t leave a stone unturned.

 

 

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Neil Gaiman Wants You to Watch New ‘Good Omens’ Trailer

Well, this was a pleasant surprise! In a tweet this morning, Neil Gaiman posted a link to the latest trailer for the upcoming adaptation of one of his most famous novels: Good Omens, co-written with the late, great novelist Terry Pratchett. Gaiman took to Twitter to ask fans: ‘So you’ve all seen this now, yes?’

Yes, Neil, yes we have, and we couldn’t be more excited.

 

Michael Sheen and David Tenant star in Amazon Prime's upcoming series Good Omens
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The novel was the result of a creative collaboration between the brilliant Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, a witty adventure that follows the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley as they both attempt to sabotage the coming of the proverbial end times, having grown used to living comfortably in England. A madcap comedy, the book features brilliant satire of common religious fixtures such as the biblical book of Revelationsthe Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse, Satanic nuns, and the unlikely pairing between the two protagonists. The Amazon Prime series looks to be embracing all this fun.

Starring David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, the trailer seems to embrace the full imaginative and satirical bent of the novel. Just some of the things audiences get to see include krakens, aliens, demonic motorbikers, as well as glimpses of Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman. But the pairing of Crowley and Aziraphale looks to be just perfect, with Tennant and Sheen embodying their roles spectacularly. And it’s all set to a soundtrack by Queen for the icing on the cake.

Good Omens will be let loose on Amazon Prime on May 31st. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

 

 

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Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel ‘Sanditon’ Being Adapted for Television

A hotter, sexier adaptation of the novel that Jane Austen was working on when she died is being developed by Andrew Davies, reports The Guardian. Davies previously wrote the screenplays for the BBC’s War and Peace and Pride and Prejudice.

 

With only eleven chapters completed upon Austen’s death in 1817, Sanditon focuses on Charlotte Haywood as she bears witness to the business minded Mr. Parker’s efforts to transform the titular seaside town from a quaint fishing village into a luxury resort.

 

The sex appeal comes into play with the main selling point of the show reportedly being “quite a bit of nude bathing” along with the Austen staples of feisty female protagonists and eligible bachelors abound.

 

This latest effort will join a host of other adaptations of Sanditon which fancied themselves continuations of the original. With only eleven chapters from the original manuscript to work with, many have tried to complete the work, based upon Austen’s fragment. Here’s to hoping Davies’ production enthralls lovers of epic period pieces.

 

 

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The Doctor and the Tardis in a Christmas Tree Filled Landscape

Doctor Who Villains Getting Their Own Stories In New Book Series

A short story collection set in the Doctor Who universe titled Twelve Angels Weeping will feature classic villains of the cherished British television series, reports Radio Times.

 

Dastardly foes of the regenerating Time Lord to be featured in the story collection include the robotic Cybermen, telepathic Ood, and the genocidal Daleks. No word on the Weeping Angels, but seeing as how one is featured on the cover, it would be a good bet that those time eating horrors are lurking around.

 

Weeping Angel in Snow

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Written by Dave Rudden, each story will revolve around one of the aforementioned monsters as they encounter some Christmas themed shenanigans and Yuletide adventure.

 

Twelve Angels Weeping is scheduled to be published this October, just in time for the holiday season. Remember to keep a sonic screwdriver in your stocking.

 

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hogwarts castle

Hogwarts Voted #1 Among Top 10 Castles Children Want to Visit

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was chosen as the number one castle children most want to visit even though it doesn’t technically exist at all.

 

English Heritage, a non-profit organization who manages, and helps celebrate, historic buildings in England recently did a survey where they asked 1,000 children between the ages of six and sixteen to name their top ten castles they most wished to visit (if they could).

 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, over half of the answeres listed fictional castles, some of which include iconic Disney princess castles such as Cinderella’s castle. In a surprise twist, however, Hogwarts bypassed Cinderella’s castle as well as historical sites like the Windsor Castle and was voted number one.

 

Kate Mavor, chief execute of English Heritage, said that the reason why Hogwarts likes topped the list instead of the very-real castles children can actually visit is because of their exposure to castles on screen rather than in person.

 

“We are in danger of creating an ‘iCastle Generation’ of kids who have only ever seen a castle on a screen,” Mavor said. “Today’s children are increasingly likely to catch their first glimpse via TV or film rather than in real life.”

 

The survey seemed to backup Mavor’s comments, as it found that 60 percent of children’s earliest memories of castles were through their exposure to television, film, and books including Harry Potter, Cinderella, and Frozen. Though the children who voted for Hogwarts unfortunately can’t visit the real deal, they can see a very realistic Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. 

 

In the meantime, check out which castles – fictional and real – made the list!

 

Top ten castles children want to visit:

 

1. Hogwarts | Harry Potter

 

2. Cinderella’s Castle | Cinderella

 

3. Elsa’s Ice Palace | Frozen

 

4. Beast’s Castle | Beauty and the Beast

 

5. Edinburgh Castle | Edinburgh, Scotland 

 

6. Castle Doom | Marvel Comic Books

 

7. Far Far Away Castle | Shrek

 

8. Windsor Castle | Berkshire, England

 

9. Dover Castle | Kent, England

 

10. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle | Sleeping Beauty

 

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