Self-Help, Travel, Women’s History, & More: General Fiction, Oct. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

The last of top October nonfiction, from Anthony Bourdain’s World Travel to Sarah Wilson’s Your One Wild and Previous Life

Acocella, Marisa. The Big She-Bang: The Herstory of the Universe According to God the Mother. Harper Wave. Oct. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780062905666. $30. Anthony Bourdain's World TravelWOMEN’S HISTORY/GN

Archambeau,  Shellye. Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms. Grand Central. Oct. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781538702895. $28. Downloadable. BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP

Bourdain, Anthony & Laurie Woolever. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide. Ecco. Oct. 2020. 448p. ISBN 9780062802798. $35. TRAVEL

Edelman, Hope. The AfterGrief: Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss. Ballantine. Oct. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780399179785. $27. Downloadable. SELF-HELP/BEREAVEMENT

Quinn, Colin. Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9781250268440. $27.99. CD. HUMOR/POLITICS

Tate, Christie. Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life. Avid: S. & S. Oct. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781982154615. $27. MEMOIR

Wilson, Sarah. Your One Wild and Precious Life. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Oct. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780062962973. $26.99. PSYCHOLOGY/MENTAL HEALTH

Wright, Craig. The Hidden Habits of Genius: Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit—Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Oct. 2020. 352p ISBN 9780062892713. $28.99. BUSINESS/PROBLEM SOLVING

In The Big She-Bang, New Yorker cartoonist Acocella offers a feminist retelling of history, as told by the Divine Mother (50,000-copy first printing; color throughout). Unapologetically Ambitious herself, Archambeau, a former IBM and Blockbuster bigwig and one of high tech's first female African American CEOs, gives tips to aspiring business leaders, e.g., develop financial literacy and get that work-life balance going (75,000-copy first printing). A celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author (e.g., Kitchen Confidential), Bourdain was also a distinguished traveloguer whose World Travel was in the works at the time of his death; longtime coworker/cowriter Woolever grabbed the reins to complete it (200,000-copy first printing). In The AfterGrief, Edelman, author of the New York Times best-selling Motherless Daughters, challenges the notion that grief has a timeline—or a deadline. Colin Quinn’s Overstated offers edgy belly laughs from the creator/star of the one-man Broadway show Red State Blue State and the Netflix special Unconstitutional (100,000-copy first printing). In her debut memoir, Group, Tate, winner of the New Ohio Review’s nonfiction contest for  her essay “Promised Lands,” details her experiences in group therapy when she found herself plagued by self-loathing and loneliness as a young lawyer (125,000-copy first printing). In Your One Wild and Precious Life, the New York Times best-selling Wilson (First, We Make the Beast Beautiful) addresses our groundswell of loneliness, a public health issue as serious as alcoholism and obesity (200,000-copy first printing). Creator of Yale’s student-stampeded “Genius” course, Wright reveals The Hidden Habits of Genius (curiosity, contrarian action) that characterize those who are really, really gifted (50,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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