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!
I Carried a Watermelonby Katy Brand is a delightful book for fans of Dirty Dancing. In it, Brand explores the legacy of the film, from how it pushed women’s stories to the forefront of commercial cinema to its depiction of abortion, which has been described as ‘Gold Standard’ by pro-choice campaigners. Part memoir about a personal obsession, and part homage to the film, Brand’s celebration includes her own memories and interviews with other fans of the film.
Crystals: A Guide to Using the Crystal Compassby Aisha Amarfio is exactly what it sounds on the tin. This is the ultimate guide to using crystals in every aspect of your life. Designed to accommodate the beginner crystal practitioner or merely someone who is interested in learning how crystals work, the book explains the major types of crystals, the best ways to use them, and helps you select the right type of crystal depending on your needs and desires.
Louisa on the Frontlines by Samantha Seiple is the first narrative nonfiction book focusing on the least-known aspect of Louisa May Alcott’s career—her time spent as a nurse during the Civil War. Though her service was brief, the dramatic experience was one that she considered pivotal in helping her write the beloved classic Little Women. It also deeply affected her tenuous relationship with her father, and inspired her commitment to abolitionism. Through it all, she kept a journal and wrote letters to her family and friends.
These letters were published in the newspaper, and her subsequent book, Hospital Sketches spotlighted the dire conditions of the military hospitals and the suffering endured by the wounded soldiers she cared for. To this day, her work is considered a pioneering account of military nursing. Alcott’s time as an Army nurse in the Civil War helped her find her authentic voice—and cemented her foundational belief system. Louisa on the Frontlines reveals the emergence of this prominent feminist and abolitionist–a woman whose life and work has inspired millions and continues to do so today.
Challenge Accepted!by Celeste Barber is a part memoir, part comedy routine, part advice manual, Challenge Accepted! is Celeste at her best, revealing her secrets to love, friendship, family, and marriage (oh hai, #hothusband), and how to deal with life’s many challenges—why she checks the bath for sharks, how Nutella quite literally shaped who she is as a woman, and why being famous on Instagram is like being rich in Monopoly. It’s real, like totally, really real.
We’re Going To Need More Wineby Gabrielle Union is a fearless collection of personal essays from the woman who made her name with a passionate editorial about sexual violence. In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents.
Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
Man’s best friend holds that title for a reason. Dogs have consistently been our constant companions throughout life, offering kindness, support, and protection without asking for anything in return besides belly rubs, food, and lots of love. Its no surprise that dogs have been hugely popular throughout literature, from classical mythology to modern novels centering around our canine companions. In honor of these special, let’s take a look at 5 of the best books centering around furry friends. Cuddle up with your pet and take a look through these wonderful novels centering around them!
The Art of Racing in the Rainby Garth Stein is a beautiful, poetic, and moving novel. This story doesn’t have an easy beginning, as its told from the dog’s perspective on the eve of his death. The dog in question is Enzo, the beloved pet of an up-and-coming race car driver. This is a captivating look at the joys of life as only a dog could tell it. The novel is funny, uplifting, and utterly heart wrenching. For any dog lover, its a must read and may even showcase how your dog views the world around him/her.
My Dog: The Paradoxby Matthew Inhman is a volume of hilarious, on-point comics by the creator of The Oatmeal. These comics are laugh-out-loud hilarious, containing witty observations about how a dog functions while being backed up by goofy, over the top art that nevertheless manages to be adorable. But beneath the laughter, this a genuine heartfelt ode to a lovable little dog who is both a source of goofiness and joy.
In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White’s various canine companions. This is a book for readers and writers who recognize a good sentence and a masterful turn of a phrase; for E. B. White fans looking for more from their favorite author; and for dog lovers who may not have discovered the wit, style, and compassion of this most distinguished of American essayists.
A Dog’s Purposeby W. Bruce Cameron is heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London is a much more adult novel than the previous efforts, being full of brutal moments and a showcase of how hard the life of a dog can be.
Telling the story of a heroic dog thrust into the American Frontier unfolding in the Alaska Gold Rush, the dog is torn between two lives, the wild and the world of man, all the while forced to survive in the harsh environment around them. Adventure fans and dog enthusiasts will love this novel, which captures the perspective of the wild with memorable, beautiful prose.
Literature is full of countless incredible female characters, and many of them are able to make a mark on the worlds they inhabit. Some, though, aren’t so lucky. Some don’t get the happy endings they deserve. Let’s take a look at some wronged women from classic literature.
Lydia Bennet – Pride & Prejudice
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Okay, so things work out a LITTLE less tragic for this version of Lydia, but overall she should’ve had more help. All those sisters, and no one to protect her from Wickham. She carries on a whole secret affair and actually runs away with him, and no one’s any the wiser. Lydia is only fifteen, and even though Wickham is eventually forced to marry her, basically satisfying everyone, she deserved so much better than that user. It’s honestly hard to watch. Know your value, girl!
Morgan Le Fay – Arthurian Legend
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Morgan Le Fay has been reimagined countless times since her legendary origins, and it seems like every time she gets a little more evil. Sure, from the beginning she was ambiguous, and who could blame her? Of course, she was always ambiguous, but so were her motives. The supposed half sister of King Arthur, and possible lover of Merlin, it’s not clear how Morgan gained her powers. She’s married off almost as soon as Arthur is born. Nevertheless, she’s a powerful character, and doesn’t need to be vilified.
Ophelia – Hamlet
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Ophelia is maybe the classic example. What did she ever do to anybody? Okay, so she isn’t perfect, but being constantly yelled at and gaslit by the rest of the cast would make anyone a little jittery. Sometimes Hamlet acts like he cares about her, sometimes he doesn’t. On several occasions he’s extremely, senselessly cruel. Her father is a little better. Ophelia just gets tossed around by the rest of the plot, trying to live her life when no one has the least interest in her. She deserved a lot better.