Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are the two New York Times reporters who (along with Ronan Farrow, writing separately in The New Yorker) revealed to the world two years ago the extensive sexual abuse committed by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Their book, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (Penguin Press, $28) is a riveting, revealing account of how Kantor and Twohey developed that blockbuster, Pulitzer Prize-winning story and its consequences in spurring the #MeToo movement. Their success in documenting Weinstein’s predator behavior, nailing a high-impact story that others before them had tried but failed to confirm, provides a great case study of the kind of tough, exacting effort that goes into first-rate investigative journalism. It also stands as a powerful counterargument to the skepticism about and denigration of news media today.
Many people know of Elaine Weltroth’s work with Teen Vogue and of her lucky white boots, I was elated to find out she wrote a memoir. Because she was the youngest editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and the first African American director of beauty and health at Condé Nast thought I would fall into a book that was full of advice on how she became just that, however, this book was the opposite. Instead of writing an advice book, she was honest about her career and how hard it was being a FOD (first, only, different) in her industry and what happens when you make to the top.
After devouring the typical prenatal reads, Angela Garbes still had questions. Why is my body doing this? Why is society telling me not to do that? It’s easy for onlookers to judge the occasional glass of wine but most can’t understand the turmoil of a miscarriage, ruptured birth plan, or lost sense of self. Diving into these issues, Garbes captures the triumphs and defeats of those experiencing pregnancy and motherhood. From the elation (or trauma) of the pink strip, to the challenges of returning to work, this must-read book focuses on the mother as a human, and not simply a vessel.