The latest in words, rhythms and reflections from amazing women
Michelle Obama, Resse Witherspoon and more.
by Michelle Obama
Crown Publishing Group, 400 pages
In her memoir—a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling—Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her … from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same. Available November 13.
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits
by Reese Witherspoon
Touchstone, 304 pages
Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions—from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers … from magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks. Available September 18.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
by Rachel Ignotofsky
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, 128 pages
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of 50 notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson—the African American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Available October 23.
See You Around
I’m With Her
2018 is shaping up to be a highly successful year for I’m With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. They released their debut album, See You Around (Rounder Records), in February. Co-produced by Ethan Johns and recorded in Box, England, See You Around has garnered praise from NPR, which instantly hailed the collection as “willfully openhearted” and The Guardian calling their sound both “ethereal and purposeful.” Since their formation at an impromptu show in 2014 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colorado, I’m With Her has formed a special, family-like chemistry, garnering acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with their indelible harmonies. The band will play the Coronet in L.A. on October 12. For more visit imwithherband.com.
Meet Manoush and Jen, founders of Stable Genius Productions. They’re taking a huge financial risk while documenting the process of starting a media company without becoming bad mothers, bankrupting themselves or destroying their wonderful, creative partnership. And when their first funding comes in the form of cryptocurrency, things get really interesting. ZigZag is a meta-mix of voice memos, taped conversations, come-to-Jesus moments and mini-stories about entrepreneurship, deciding how to align your values with your ambitions and building strong partnerships. Listen to the podcast at zigzagpod.com.
Helen’s always dreamed of ditching her hometown, so when she lands a job at the company that makes Sandra—everyone’s favorite A.I., she figures it’s the next best thing. But working behind the curtain isn’t quite the escape from reality that Helen expected. Featuring Alia Shawkat, Kristin Wiig and Ethan Hawke. Listen to the podcast at gimletmedia.com.