Feminism, Plague, Health Care, Faith| Current Events Previews, Jan. 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance leads a group of authors discussing crucial issues today.

Beck, Koa. White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind. Atria. Jan. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781982134419. $27. FEMINISM

A former editor in chief of Jezebel, Beck limns the rise of feminism, moving from the suffragettes to today’s elitist corporate world and arguing that along the way the movement has become commodified and remains blind to the needs of women of color, Muslim women, transgender women, and others. Only by righting those wrongs can women’s rights be revitalized. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Cover of Kenny's The Plague CycleKenny, Charles. The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease. Scribner. Jan. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781982165338. $28. DISEASE

Humanity has forever been visited by plagues, which for thousands of years have contributed to the rise and fall of cities, countries, and empires. Now, argues Kenny, a writer/researcher at the Center for Global Development, we are more vulnerable than ever to the depredations of infectious disease owing to climate change, population growth, and global trade. With five millennia of “the plague cycle” as backdrop, he argues for greater global cooperation toward sustainable health as we move forward. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Moeller, Philip. Get What’s Yours for Health Care: How To Get the Best Care at the Right Price. S. & S. Jan. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781982134259. $24.99. HEALTHCARE

Winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and author of the “Ask Phil” column on the PBS Newshour’s Making $ense website, Moeller is primed to offer this guide on health care and medical insurance basics, part of the publisher’s “Get What’s Yours” series. Here’s everything you need to know on understanding telemedicine and health apps, finding true health costs and cheaper prescriptions, and slugging back when faced with denied insurance claims and inflated bills. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Vance, J.D. A Relevant Faith: Searching for a Meaningful American Christianity. Harper. Jan. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780062834577. $29.99. lrg. prnt. CD. MEMOIR

One of the most discussed books of 2016, Vance’s No. 1 New York Times best-selling Hillbilly Elegy offered memoir as social critique, assessing the struggles and crumbling culture of white working-class Appalachia to take a larger look at class and responsibility in America. No details yet on his new memoir, but the title suggests another upending and his own means of healing.

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