In the publishing trade, fall means a fresh harvest of new books. Whether you’re thinking about a holiday gift, or just want a great read on an autumn evening, Clay Smith, with Austin-based Kirkus Reviews has suggestions
Scott Kelly is the American astronaut who has spent the longest amount of time on the International Space Station. The title of his new book, “Endurance” has multiple meanings. Doctors are still learning about the ways in which Kelly’s body morphed in space. Smith says the doctors have also been studying Kelly’s identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, who is also a astronaut but remained on Earth. Smith says “Endurance” both introduces how Kelly was chosen to travel to space for a year, and describes his life living with Russian cosmonauts, and Japanese and British astronauts.
Back on Earth, Kate Winkler Dawson’s “Death in the Air” is sending a chilly vibe down the spines of readers. Dawson is a senior lecturer for broadcast journalism at the University of Texas-Austin. The Writer’s League of Texas describes her book as ” a gripping, historical narrative of a serial killer, an environmental disaster, and an iconic city struggling to regain its footing.” While writers and poets regularly write about smog, or air pollution, in an animalistic tone, Smith says Dawson’s book takes its description to the next level while also mentioning policy implications, insights and in-depth investigative work.
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Written by Dani Matias.