Newcomers. The best of the new books, reviewed by our editors
What happened to you? Perhaps the most important question you can ask as a therapist, as a person. It is the title of Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey’s book. The book combines the art of storytelling with solid scientific knowledge. Oprah Winfrey’s personal story is alternated with client stories and stories from Oprah’s interviews.
This quarter-life memoir from Hannah Brown is one most will find something to relate to in. If you’ve followed along in the last nearly 3 years now since she graced our television screens, there has been much that has happened and this book will not disappoint in filling in some previously private occurrences in that time, but this book is about more than that.
Patrick Wyman has the kind of deft you hope for when reading about such a consequential time in history. Indeed, his main contention is that these bombastic forty years saw the rise of systems that influence and contextualize our lives up to the present moment.
Andy Weir’s latest science fiction adventure, Project Hail Mary, marks a welcome return to form for fans of The Martian, after his lackluster second novel, Artemis. There’s the same hyper-focus on fine details of technology and science, one of Weir’s hallmarks, along with a series of critical events that our intrepid main character needs to overcome through a combination of scientific knowledge and inventiveness.
Apples Never Fall is the ninth novel by best-selling Australian author, Liane Moriarty. When sixty-nine-year-old Joy Delaney goes missing on Valentine’s Day after a garbled text message to her four children, they are understandably concerned, especially as certain things (an argument that morning, scratches on his cheek, a professional car clean) sort of make their father, well-known tennis coach, Stan Delaney look guilty.
The book follows up a story of a black, lesbian, astronomer Grace Porter who like worked too hard her entire life to be what she is now and after everything is done she don’t know what to do and then she meet a girl and get married to her and now she is like confused , scared , terrified that nothing is going according to her plans.
Chloe Powell, a burnt out, former press secretary, is in desperate need of a break from her stressful life. So when she comes across an alluring yoga retreat poster she decides it was a sign from the universe. But when she gets to the quaint, isolated getaway and meets its charismatic founder Sebastian, she soon realizes that there is more to the mysterious man and his retreat than meets the eye.