If you feel like hibernating for the month of January, waiting out the cold and storing up your energy for the beginning of the the 2020 presidential season, your instincts couldn’t be better served. From the first week of January onwards, a fresh new slate of women’s fiction—a genre that covers a lot of ground, but one I consider to be books that star strong, multifaceted female characters, written by women—will come out, and, trust me, you’ll have more than enough reading material to last you through the winter.
Maybe you’ve never heard of Hedy Lamarr, the real-life Nazi-era actress and scientist, but after reading Marie Benedict’s fictionalized account of Lamarr’s life, you won’t be able to stop thinking about her. Lamarr was a screen siren, the heir to a massive fortune, and the co-inventor of technology we still use in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth today. When she invented the technology, the U.S. Navy wasn’t receptive to using it—even though it could have helped fight the Nazis—and it wasn’t until the ’60s that her invention was taken seriously. A lawyer by trade, Benedict writes about Lamarr’s life with a biographer’s precision.
Out on January 8, 2019!!