#NewBookAlert: April 9-13, 2018

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.

Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture by Benjamin Woo (McGill-Queen’s University Press; Nonfiction on sale February 28): Yo nerds! Or do prefer geeks? Benjamin Woo adds his two cents into that classic debate. Still doesn’t solve who is the best Star Trek Captain though… #NewBookAlert for April 9, 2018.

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson (Random House; Nonfiction on sale April 3): Apollo 8! James Lovell (sigh…yes Tom Hanks from Apollo 13) and crew trying to escape gravity and get to the moon. We’re all trying to get out from something that is keeping us under: that undaunted fearlessness is what makes space the place. #NewBookAlert for April 10, 2018.

Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club by Nell Scovell (Dey Street Books; Biography on sale March 20): The Simpsons! Late Night with David Letterman! The Muppets! It takes a lot..a lot of work to make a good tv show…it is damn near impossible to make a great show. Nell Scovell offers some fascinating and witty behind the scenes tales of how it is done. #NewBookAlert for April 12, 2018.

Together, Closer: The Art and Science of Intimacy in Friendship, Love, and Family by Giovanni Frazzetto (Penguin Books; Nonfiction on sale July 4, 2017): Marketed to readers of Oliver Sacks (miss that dude all the time!) and plus it’s Friday…the weekend when intimacy traditionally unfolds. #NewBookAlert for April 13, 2018.


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