In Brief: April Books [UK]

By Aurora Taunisio

Welcome to the second instalment of our Monthly InBrief Books!

Hope last month we brought you some interesting reads, so here are a few more picks for books that will be released this month, April 2018:

Who: Meg Wolitzer
What: The Female Persuasion
Release date: 3rd April 2018
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Genre: Fiction / Feminism

This book goes through a story of coming of age and the questions the passage poses for all modern women. And how to react to the difficulties that life throws your way without giving up your dreams and ambitions. A must read for all women and those who want to understand them better. Struggle between dream and reality, love and ambition which don’t seem to be able to get hand in hand in our contemporary society.

More info about the book here

About the Author:
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Wolitzer lives in New York City.

Who: Christina Lauren
What: Love and Other Words
Release date: 10th April 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Fiction/ YA

A love story narrated between the present and the past, as Macy’s first love comes back into her life after over a decade, putting her life upside down. A chance meeting that change their lives, finding answers long due and try to rediscover an all-consuming love.

More info about the book here

About the Author:
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling co-author duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels.

Who: Madeline Albright
What: Fascism, A Warning
Release Date: 10th April 2018
Publisher: Harper & Collins
Genre: Non-Fiction / Politics

Starting form the definition of Fascism, Albright goes through the history of the 20th century, torn by horrors in the struggle between regimes and democracy. Aiming to educate the younger generations, so that they would not to follow the same mistakes made in the last century, which led to the terrible events of the two world wars we all should be familiar with.

More info about the book here

About the Author:
Madeleine Albright, “grateful American, Czech immigrant, mother & grandmother”, served as America’s sixty-fourth Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, the National Security Council, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Who: Ronan Farrow
What: War on Peace, The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
Release Date: 24th April 2018
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Genre: Non-Fiction /Politics

The investigative journalist goes through the consequences of the dangerous process of changing in U.S.’s foregn policy. Relying less and less on diplomacy, USA are increasingly “becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later”. This comes with great consequences that echoes from D.C, all the way to more remote corners of the world, such as Afghanistan and North Korea. Farrow analyses the situation and try to pose a way out of it.

More info about the book here

About the author:
Ronan Farrow is an attorney, former State Department official, and investigative journalist who has reported for NBC News and written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and The New Yorker, which published his exposés on sexual assault. He lives in New York City.

Who: Tom Matthews
What: Raising the Dad
Release Date: 17th April 2018
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Fiction

This novel’s main character is a dad of a teenage daughter and a felon first born, in a passionless but functioning marriage. The relationships within the family will be changed forever after he discovers a big secret before he can understand how to deal with it. Described as brutally humours, moving and emotionally complex.

About the Author:
Tom Matthews wrote the Costa-Gavras film Mad City, starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta. His satirical novel Like We Care was published in 2004 to great acclaim. As a journalist, feature writer, and social commentator, his work has appeared in publications across the country. His writing for Milwaukee Magazine earned him Wisconsin’s highest press honors for long form feature writing in 2013 and 2014.

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