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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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Jeffery Deaver’s ‘The Bone Collector’ Headed for TV!

NBC has ordered an adaptation of Jeffery Deaver’s 1997 novel The Bone Collector.

 

"The Bone Collector" Cover
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The novel follows former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic forensic detective who retired after a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. However, a mysterious killer pops up on his radar, “Lincoln Rhyme abandons retirement to track down a killer whose ingenious clues hold the secret to saving his victims — if Rhyme can decipher them in time”.

 

The Bone Collector 1999
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Previously, a 1999 film directed by Phillip Noyce was released, however with a reportedly $48 million dollar budget, the film only managed to make $151.5 million. Despite being number one at the box office opening weekend. Despite the financial gain, the film received mixed to negative review. A notable review from Common Sense Media said that the film, “is diverting enough, though it feels like a franchise that never got off the ground”.

 

1999 film staring Denzel Washington

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The film never got a sequel, but a new adaption is in the works. According to Variety, the The Bone Collector will “a a co-production between Sony, Universal Television” and is set for the 2019/2020 season of NBC.

Also it won’t be called The Bone Collector but instead Lincoln, implying that if the first season is a hit then the studios may adapted other books in this fourteen book series.

Writing the series will be VJ Boyd…

 

 VJ Boyd

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…and Mark Bianculli. The duo have written two drama pilots for Sony TV, The Jury and Doomsday and have worked on Sony TV’s S.W.A.T.

 

Mark Bianculli

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Set to star in the show is Russell Hornsby, according to Deadline. Previously he was Lyons in the Academy Award’s Best Picture Nominee Fences, Viktor Drago’s promoter Buddy Marcelle in Creed II, and previously worked with NBC when he played Detective Hank Griffin on Grimm.

 

Russell Hornsby

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Along side Hornsby will be Arielle Kebbel as Amelia Grace Sachs, a police detective who initially discovers the first victim’s body and ends up helping Lincoln Rhyme keeps his head on his shoulders. Previously Arielle Kebbel has appeared as Lindsay Anne Lister Forester on Gilmore Girls and Avery Banks / Gabrielle in the TV show The Grinder.

 

Arielle Kebbel

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The Inquisitor write that “[t]he  character is described as ;extremely bright’ and someone who ‘can hold her own in any situation’.”

 

Christopher Moltianti

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We also have Michael Imperioli, best know for his role as Christopher Moltianti on HBO’s The Sopranos, who has flipped sides. He’ll play NYPD detective Rick Sellitto, Lincoln’s partner. With the 2004 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy award, he’s a great addition to the cast.

Word is mum on any new information, but we still have time until the show premieres, whenever it premieres. Time will tell if the second adaptation will be a hit!

 

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