Sarah Shaffi is a freelance journalist and editor. Among those which are sure to ignite a conversation are Rachel Louise Snyder’s investigation into domestic violence, and two books about postpartum psychosis.
Reflecting the world around us, a number of this year’s most-anticipated titles feed into conversations about race, belonging and unconscious bias, including Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy, which interrogates one of the most pressing issues of our time. And then their daughters’ paths cross. He’s trying hard to go legit, but as a Black man living on the brink of poverty in the rural South with a family depending on him, the promise of “one last job” is all too alluring, and so he agrees to take part in a heist which could change his life for good — or be his undoing.
Glorious Rock Bottom will see Gordon relive some of the darkest moments of her addiction, and discuss the hard work involved in becoming sober. The Vanishing Half weaves together elements of family saga and social commentary to ask the question: what makes us who we are?
Who can forget the famous scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) explains to a sneering Andy (Anne Hathaway) why the work of fashion magazines and editors matter, and how it affects not just what we wear, but what we think our clothing is saying about us? How would Cleopatra’s snakebite really play out? Containing tangible solutions for every part of your dating life, from that crush stage when we can’t stop thinking about the guy even though he isn’t replying to texts to helping us face society’s constant questioning about how we can possibly be happy AND single. Aged just 29, McKee had already produced important pieces of investigative journalism. From escapist fantasy to thought-provoking non-fiction, we've got you covered.
This memoir explores Orr’s complicated and tense relationship with her mother, and how Motherwell and Win continued to draw her back to them, in the hopes that one day she’d be good enough for her mother. For the book, Murphy has spoken to people who actively listen for a living (think bartenders, priests and CIA interrogators) to discover why listening is the key to truly connecting with people. The World Health Organisation has deemed domestic violence a “global epidemic”, yet because most domestic violence happens behind closed doors, it’s not an epidemic that’s being treated properly. In How to Get Over a Boy, Eggerue will reframe the stale goal of finding a man that has so often been seen as the pinnacle of a woman’s achievements. Whether you’re looking to learn, be inspired or just lose yourself in a true story, 2020’s non-fiction books have you covered. When was the last time you listened, really listened, to someone? After a traumatic birth and a slow recovery, little things piled up, and Dockrill soon began paranoid and delusional, imagining there were cameras watching her in a giant bear that had been gifted to her baby, and thinking about killing herself. The best new books of 2020, including fiction and non-fiction by N.K. But there is no country in the world where women collectively earn as much as men, and the reality of being a woman is to face the fact that we’ll earn less than our male counterparts over the course of our lifetimes. Game show host Alex Trebek has been a beloved part of the American cultural canon for more than 30 years, and when he revealed in 2019 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the public responded with unanimous messages of love and support. In 2020, the attention will stay with the climate crisis, with The Future We Choose, by Christiana Figueres, who used to work for the UN and was the public face of the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, and political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac. But on the hike, she slipped and fell 30ft into a gap between two boulders, shattering her pelvis. Exploring how to bring up children to have positive role models of colour, and how to be a feminist dad, this is an honest yet hopeful book about parenting in the modern world. How did star-crossed Juliet play dead for 72 hours? In Joy at Work, Kondo and organisational psychologist Scott Sonenshein will tell us how to improve the way we work, from organising our desks to clearing our emails and finding what sparks joy in the office. Ebner got relationship advice from alt-right “Trad Wives”, as well as Jihadi brides, and she spent time in the networks that would radicalise the Christchurch terrorist. Post-natal mental health is rarely talked about, and researched and funded inadequately; through sharing her experiences in What Have I Done?, Dockrill shows new mums that they are not alone. But when they ran away from home at the age of sixteen, their lives diverged. Fat Cow, Fat Chance asks why we overeat, how to help young people become comfortable with the way they look, and why fat shaming is so often called out but showing “fat cow” at a woman in the street is not included in the list of hate crimes. Release date to be announced, HarperCollins. Shafak considers how our emotions shape our politics and how we can guard against misinformation and fear of the unknown. Noemi, a society girl living in Mexico City in the 1950s, receives an alarming letter from her cousin, Catalina, claiming her husband is trying to poison her. Her latest book may feature fewer apocalypses but is no less sprawling in scope, beginning with one fateful evening at the Hotel Caiette in British Columbia, and tracing the echoes that reverberate through several characters lives over the decades that follow. Part mystery, part love story, The Paper Girl of Paris is a timely novel about coming of age and doing the right thing. Dark and brutal, the book – in trademark Gordon style – will also be funny and full of hope. The Art of Disruption is Magid’s guide on activism and fighting for the things that matter to you. Magid, a refugee from Somalia, was the youngest person to ever hold the role and the first Green Party member to do so. Staying in the fashion realm, Lauren Bravo’s look at fast fashion is both a fun read and a guide on how we can do our bit to help the planet by breaking up with fast fashion. Best non-fiction books of 2020 From Louis Theroux's candid memoir Gotta Get Theroux This to the Secret Barrister's eye-opening exploration of British law, here are just a few of our recommendations for non-fiction books to read in 2020, and some of the best non-fiction of 2019. Incorrect Book The list contains an incorrect book (please specify the title of the book).
The Future We Choose is about understanding the climate crisis, and also includes things each of us can do every day to make a difference.
From the little black dress to the white shirt and the bikini, she takes pieces of clothes and examines their role in her own life and the lives of women in general, touching on issues including sexual identity, motherhood, ambition, power and body image.
Woozeer looks at how pop culture and media representation has created a narrative about what being mixed race means, and at the emotional and psychological impact of being mixed race and being placed outside of the conversation. The book is about Gordon’s 20-year relationship with alcohol and drugs, and how it was hitting rock bottom that saved her life.
Going Dark makes for terrifying reading, but it’s all the more essential for that, exposing just how closely we’re surrounded by fanatical ideology every day of our lives, and how that ideology is being countered. Burton-Hill introduces each piece of music and explains why you should listen to it on that particular day, and reminds us that “finding a space to sit and listen to a piece of music every day can be a singular gift to yourself”. But, for all the good that does, many of us are still finding it difficult to break out of bad fashion habits; fashion is the second largest polluter of our planet after oil and gas, and our fondness for fast fashion does nothing to help this. The best books of the year so far 2020. From the quiet anxiety of Jenny Offill and Otessa Moshfegh to laugh-out-loud collections from Samantha Irby and ELLE's own R. Eric Thomas, 2020's sole upside is … But unlike many people, Orr was leaving against the wishes of her mother Win, who believed university wasn’t for the Orr family. Step forward Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower. But while there, Cho was admitted to a psychiatric ward in New Jersey.