November 1, National Authors' Day, is the ideal time to celebrate the commuter's companion, bathroom accoutrement, and fireplace snuggle buddy.
The typical American reads four books each year, according to Pew Research, and 65 percent have read a print book in the last year. Bookstore lovers rejoice, in 2016 there were 1,775 independent book selling companies operating 2,311 stores, more than any other year in recent history. This means the nostalgic smell of paper and ink isn't going anywhere soon.
National Authors' Day is about supporting your favorite American author and promoting literacy (14 percent of the U.S. can't read above a basic level). The day has been celebrated since November 1, 1949, and here are five new-this-year books by American authors to get you reading.
1. Small Great Things~Jodi Picoult (New York)
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse in a Connecticut hospital. One day Ruth is doing a routine check-up on a baby, and the baby's parent's, White Supremacists, are outraged that Ruth, an African American woman, is touching their child. The hospital complies with the parent's requests to keep Ruth from caring for their child. When the baby goes into cardiac arrest and Ruth is the only nurse on staff, she preforms CPR on the child only to find herself charged with a lawsuit
2. Order to Kill~ Vince Mills (Wyoming)
CIA operative Mitch Rapp travels to Pakistan after nuclear weapons were stolen in the country. The fifteenth installment of Mill's thriller-series keeps readers on their toes as the CIA assassin tries to quash the threat of nuclear warfare.
3. When Breath Becomes Air~Paul Kalanithi (California)
In this tell-all memoir, 36-year-old neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi, is faced with stage IV lung cancer diagnosis. First a doctor operating and saving lives, next a patient struggling to live, Kalanithi reflects on what it was like to pivot from a naive medical student to grappling with the meaning of life. Paul died in 2015 while writing his memoir, and is survived by his wife Lucy and daughter Cady.
4. Love Warrior~Glennon Doyle Melton (New York)
From the ashes of infidelity comes Glennon Doyle Melton's moving and laugh-out-loud memoir about coping and moving forward with life after infidelity.The story begins with mother-of-three Glennon, a recovering alcoholic and bulimic, during the couple's therapy session where she first discovers her husband's trysts. "What I've learned about pain, is that it's not supposed to be numbed..ignored, and it is not to be wasted," the author said of her writing intentions during an interview with Oprah.
5. The Girls~Emma Cline (California)
Evie Boyd, an only child whose upper-middle-class parents have recently divorced, joins a Mason-like cult in 1969. The fourteen-year-old, feeling alone and rejected in her mother's house, gets caught up in a world of free love, drugs, sex and violence. This coming of age novel is Cline's first and her style is described by the NYTimes as having "sentences at times so finely wrought, they could almost be worn as jewelry."
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