In This Issue

We review some standout nonfiction this week: in a kind of fall refresher for adults, Writing for Busy Readers by Todd Rogers and Jessica Lasky-Fink "gives clear guidance on how to approach any written communication so that it serves both the aims of writers as well as those of the intended audience"; and award-winning journalist Meg Kissinger's debut book, While You Were Out, tells "the gripping story" of eight siblings growing up amid bipolar disorder and depression. Plus, the "exuberant, action-packed" YA fantasy graphic novel Cooking with Monsters: The Beginner's Guide to Culinary Combat by Jordan Alsaqa, illus. by Vivian Truong, adds an inventive culinary twist to a magical boarding-school story. And so many more!

Don't miss The Writer's Life, in which Ariel Dorfman, who was working for Chilean president Salvador Allende at the time of the 1973 coup, discusses the event as inspiration for his novel The Suicide Museum.

--Jennifer M. Brown, senior editor, Shelf Awareness
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