December: A Month in Books
What Remains True, Janis Thomas, December 1
American author Janis Thomas’s latest book focuses on the Davenport family, whose lives are torn apart after the death of their five-year-old son, Jonah. As the family struggles to come to terms with the tragedy, their own lives become increasingly fraught and it becomes more and more difficult for them to function. Told from multiple points of view, Thomas’s book highlights the difficulty for people dealing with grief to make their way back to a normal life.
The Extra Women: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It, Joanna Scutts, December 1
Marjorie Hillis is the focus of Joanna Scutts’s new book The Extra Women. Hillman was a Vogue employee born in Brooklyn who published Live Alone and Like It: A Guide for the Extra Woman. Aimed at women like herself who lived alone, free from the culturally ingrained expectation of marrying and raising a family, the book was an instant bestseller and made Hillis a household name. Hillis would continue to stay engaged in the issue of women’s independence throughout her life, publishing a series of books tackling the changing cultural landscape of America. Scutts focuses on Hillis’s life, her heyday in the 1930’s, all the way up to the liberation movement in the 1960’s, revealing a fascinating portarit of a women dedicated to equality.
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles, Multiple Authors, 19 December
Tackling the classic love triangle but bringing voices to a range of genders and sexualities, this collection is made up of sixteen stories from a number of leading YA authors, including Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno and Lamar Giles.
The Vanishing Season, Joanna Schaffhausen, 5 December
Ellery Hathaway is a police officer in Woodbury Massachusetts, a town where bicycle thefts still make the newspaper. Unbeknownst to the town is the fact that, as a young girl, Ellery was the only surviving victim of a series of murders. However, as people begin to disappear every year on the anniversary of her kidnapping, Ellery begins to fear somebody knows about her past. As her bosses dismiss her concerns, she tracks down the only person she thinks can help her: the FBI agent who rescued her from the closet of the serial killer.
The Pirates of Somalia, 8 December
Bryan Buckley has adapted Jay Bahadur’s book of the same name to the big screen. It tells the true story of Bahadur, a Canadian journalist who, over the course of a year, ingratiated himself with a group of Somalian pirates looking to gain insight into their way of life and the social conditions that inform their lives of crime. During his time with the group, Bahadur’s relationships with the men became increasingly precarious as he begins to understand just how dangerous they really are.
Molly’s Game, 25 December
Based on a memoir of the same name, Aaron Sorkin’s debut directorial effort focuses on Molly Bloom, an ex-Olympic skier who was the organiser of one of the most exclusive, and illegal, high-stakes poker empires in America. The film focuses on the FBI investigation Bloom found herself the target of, and her subsequent trial. Jessica Chastain plays Bloom with British star Idris Elba playing Chastain’s defence attorney, Charlie Jaffey.
Dates for your Diary
200 years ago this month, Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were posthumously published. In a note penned by her brother, Austen was revealed as the writer of all her previous works, which were initially published anonymously.
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