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From the women who helped make the internet to the creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch to the so-called millennial Oprah, here’s who we’re reading about this month.
From the shorteralls worn by foresters in the ’40s to the chic police capes worn in the ’70s, these photos and essays examine the changing roles (and outfits) of women over the last century. Buy the book
Scovell wrote for TV shows like Murphy Brown and The Simpsons and created the series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Her memoir is a reflection on her time in the male-dominated entertainment industry. Buy the book
Anna is a young mother whose parents mysteriously appear to commit suicide within a year of one another. The more she looks into it, though, the less plausible it seems. Buy the book
Historians have described the Donner Party as one of the most bizarre tragedies in Californian history. Katsu’s reimagining of the westward journey gone very wrong is creepily fascinating. Buy the book
The author’s younger brother, comedian and Parks and Rec writer Harris Wittels, died of a heroin overdose in 2015. Her debut memoir details coping with loving someone with so many demons. Buy the book
From Ada Lovelace (who wrote the first computer program) to the cyberpunk web designers of the ’90s, Evans examines the women who have played crucial—largely forgotten—roles in tech. Buy the book
From the author of Beasts of No Nation, Speak No Evil is told through the eyes of an accomplished teenager trying to hide his homosexuality from his conservative Nigerian parents. Buy the book
In contemporary South India, two young friends are torn apart by a violent crime, forcing them to endure the challenges faced by poor and undereducated women both in India and in America. Buy the book
Artist and poet Cleo Wade has been called “the millennial Oprah.” Her debut book features more than 120 original poems, mantras and affirmations, all of which amount to a kind of daily pep talk. Buy the book
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