More New Releases for Review: Bryony Gordon, Peggy Orenstein, and Elizabeth J. Church

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New releases for review: Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon, Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein, and The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

* I was fortunate to receive these three books for review from Headline, Oneworld, and 4th Estate. All comments now and future reviews are and will be my honest opinions. *

Mad Girl*- Bryony Gordon
Published on 7th June by Headline

Very important note: underneath the dust jacket, this hardcover is bright yellow. I'm very interested in reading Mad Girl after reviewing Rose Bretécher's Pure last year so I can see a variety of perspectives on living with different iterations of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Bryony Gordon has OCD. It's the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn't repeat a phrase five times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It's caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependence. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty. [...] Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness.

Published in 6th October 2016 by Oneworld Publications

I heard an interview with Peggy Orenstein on the podcast (I swear half of my posts mention me finding out about a book from a podcast) Note to Self on their episode about sexiness, social media, and teenage girls. How young people are growing up on the internet today is something I find myself thinking about a lot, having a younger sister especially, so I'd like to see what research Peggy has come across on the subject. Things I read and see online can affect me greatly at the age of twenty-three, so I can only imagine what it would be like for a youngster (yes, I just said 'youngster') with a still-squishy brain.

New York Times bestseller offers a ground-breaking picture of the sexual landscape facing young women in the 21st century - and reveals how they are negotiating it. [...] Drawing on in-depth interviews with young women and a wide range of psychologists and experts, renowned journalist and bestselling author Peggy Orenstein goes where most others fear to tread, pulling back the curtain on the hidden truths and hard lessons of girls' sex lives in  the modern world.

The Atomic Weight of Love* - Elizabeth J. Church
Published on 20th October by 4th Estate

Now, this is a novel I had never heard of until I saw a post on Twitter from the publisher giving away copies for review. The premise really interested me (fiction that talks about scientific history is my bag) and the cover is gorgeous. I'll be sure to keep you all updated on how this one fares! It's very high up on my to-read list, so watch this space.

Spanning the years from the Second World War through to the Vietnam War and on to the present day, this luminous, stirring novel is a story of birds and physics, ambition and sacrifice, revolutions - both big and small - and the late-blooming of an unforgettable woman.

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