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Pub Day Shout-Outs! August 18, 2020, featuring Kisner, Hamby, and Dunn

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)


Here are three books coming out today that I am excited to read!


Adrienne Kisner's Six Angry Girls


Description from Publisher:

"Raina Petree is crushing her senior year, until her boyfriend dumps her, the drama club (basically) dumps her, the college of her dreams slips away, and her arch-nemesis triumphs.


"Things aren’t much better for Millie Goodwin. Her father treats her like a servant, and the all-boy Mock Trial team votes her out, even after she spent the last three years helping to build its success.


"But then, an advice columnist unexpectedly helps Raina find new purpose in a pair of knitting needles and a politically active local yarn store. This leads to an unlikely meeting in the girls’ bathroom, where Raina inspires Millie to start a rival team. The two join together and recruit four other angry girls to not only take on Mock Trial, but to smash the patriarchy in the process."


Why I want to read it: Jen spoke about this one for her Bookish Check-in in Episode 138. (Listen here!) I thought it sounded great, and I love a YA book! So, this one is definitely on my TBR!

Chris Hamby's Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia


Description from Publisher:

"In a devastating and urgent work of investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Chris Hamby, uncovers the tragic resurgence of black lung disease in Appalachia, its Big Coal cover-up, and the resilient mining communities who refuse to back down.


"Decades have passed since black lung disease was recognized as a national disgrace and Congress was pushed to take legislative action. Since then, however, not much has changed. Big coal companies-along with their allies in the legal and medical professions-have continually flouted the law and exposed miners to deadly amounts of coal dust, while also systematically denying benefits to miners who suffer and die because of their jobs. Indeed, these men and their families, with little access to education, legal resources, and other employment options, have long been fighting to wrench even modest compensation and medical costs from our nation’s biggest mining interests-all to combat a disease that could have been eradicated years ago.


"Tracing their heroic stories back to the very beginning, Chris Hamby, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on this issue, gives us a deeply troubling yet ultimately triumphant work that promises to do for Black Lung what Beth Macy did for the opioid epidemic. From corporate offices and mine shafts, to hospital beds and rural clinics, Soul Full of Coal Dust becomes a legal and medical thriller that brilliantly traces how a powerless band of laborers-alongside a small group of lawyers and doctors, often working out of their homes or in rural clinics and tiny offices-challenged one of the world’s most powerful forces, Big Coal, and won.


"Full of the rich and complex atmosphere of Appalachia and packed with tales of those who have toiled in the mines of West Virginia, Soul Full of Coal Dust is a necessary and timely book about injustice and resistance."


Why I want to read it: If you have listened to the pod, you know I am on a non-fiction kick. This book is described as an "ultimately triumphant work that promises to do for Black Lung what Beth Macy did for the opioid epidemic." I thought Macy's Dopesick (Listen to Episode 67 on Dopesick here.) was a powerful exploration of the corruption and fallout of the opioid crisis. Any book compared to Dopesick is a must-read for me.

Pintipp Dunn's Dating Makes Perfect


Description from Publisher:

"The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed.


"Until now.


"In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, 'Why aren’t you engaged yet?' The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of dating practice.


"In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka 'Winnie'), must date in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course — and on dates they organize based on their favorite rom-coms. The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, dreamy, and infuriating.


"Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. Her parents love him, so naturally he’s the perfect person for her to pretend date.


"If only he weren’t her sworn enemy."


Why I want to read it: I am craving some romcom right now! I have been reading a lot of heavy books, and I am so in the mood for some romantic comedy. This one sounds delightful!

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