Publicist Picks: Tracking Technology, Repairing the World, and Other May Books

Jackson Adams and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP. Today they share their thoughts about a couple upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in May.

Anna Weir: I’ve been looking forward to Out of the Crazywoods for a number of reasons. Cheryl Savageau is an Abekani poet who here turns to memoir to lay out her experience with bipolar disorder. I admire writers who can tackle more than one genre, and I’m eager to read how a poets’ eye lends itself to describing mental illness with as much honesty and clarity as memoir can muster. Savageau also grounds her exploration of madness in Abekani culture, charting a path to recovery through a combination of medications, psychotherapy, and ceremony.

What’s in your TBR pile this month, Jackson?

Jackson Adams: I generally don’t read a lot of Civil War nonfiction but Michael Brantley’s portrait of Stephen Batchelor, Galvanized: The Odyssey of a Reluctant Carolina Confederate (Potomac Books), is a gripping, fascinating portrait of a man who fought on both sides of the conflict. Brantley paints Batcheor in a nuanced light, one showing a man less focused on the questions that gripped the nation at the time as much as one trying to survive and willing to do almost anything to do it. It’s the kind of historical nonfiction that doesn’t flatten characters or ethical and moral struggles but showcases life in a difficult moment.

What else are you into this month, Anna?

AW: With our already-broken world fracturing in unanticipated ways, I’m thankful for the examples of “world repair” (Tikkun Olam) in this new anthology of Jewish writer Danny Siegel’s writing. Radiance: Creative Mitzvah Living (Jewish Publication Society) gives real-world examples of “Mitzvah heroes,” or people living out the Jewish commandments in compassionate, community-building ways, and how we can apply that goodness to our own lives. An inspiring read for individuals and a guide for Jewish organizations, this is a beautiful collection.

What else caught your eye, Jackson?

JA: When GPS Declassified (Potomac Books) came out in hardback in 2013, the world looked vastly different and our relationship with tracking technology was certainly less well-realized. Now, some of the information about how apps, brands, and signals track information is more common knowledge than it once was but that doesn’t stop authors Richard D. Easton and Eric F. Frazier from revisiting their book and expanding on the topics therein. It’s essential, smart reading,

Tune in next month for more reading recommendations from your friendly neighborhood publicists!

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