We’re always on the lookout for books that strike a chord with our readers. In our New & Notable series you’ll find selections that appeal to our editors. This week, those selections are all about Eve—women who have triumphed because of  their courage, inventiveness, and resilience (Ping Fu); their intellectual heft, drive, and empathy (Sonia Sotomayor); or their collective wisdom (the 51 essayists who contributed to the book Nothing but the Truth).  

 

Biographies & Memoirs | Ethnic & National  | Chinese

Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds. In Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds, Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker, and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for the crime of being born into a well-educated family. To be deported with barely enough money for a plane ticket to a bewildering new land. . . . Ping Fu also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year . . . and to meet and advise the president of the United States. It sounds too unbelievable for fiction, but this is the true story of a life in two worlds. (Excerpted from Portfolio Hardcover, Publisher)

Review

“In this outstanding testament to the resilience of the human spirit, Ping takes readers on a journey both heartbreaking and inspiring.” —Publishers Weekly 

 

 

 

 

Biographies & Memoirs |  Women

sotomayorThe first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. In My Beloved World, she recounts—with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice—[the story of] her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench . . . . Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. . . . [Her dream of becoming a lawyer] would sustain her on an unlikely course, from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty.  (Excerpted from Knopf, publisher.)

 

Review

“Sotomayor’s big-hearted autobiography, My Beloved World, is nothing if not a powerful brief in defense of empathy, her long-awaited closing argument in the trial of Mind v. Heart. . . . But anyone wondering how a child raised in public housing, without speaking English, by an alcoholic father and a largely absent mother could become the first Latina on the Supreme Court will find the answer in these pages. It didn’t take just a village: It took a country.” —Dahlia Lithwick, The Washington Post

 

Politics & Government  | Women’s Studies

Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female ConnectionAlluring, provocative, and enlightening, Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection looks beyond the abundance of negative feminine stereotypes to reveal the powerful and positive aspects of female relationships. From the online social network for all women, A Band of Wives, this book brings together essays, poetry, and artwork that will change the way you look at the women in your life. (Excerpted from Nothing but the Truth, LLC, publisher.)

Review

Nothing but the Truth brings together a diverse and representative array of female voices. By chronicling our common experiences, the book has the potential to become a resource covering our inner lives that’s on a par with the way Our Bodies, Ourselves became our go-to reference for answers about our physical health. — Judith A. Ross, Women’s Voices for Change   

RELATED: Our Sisters, Ourselves: “The Power of Positive Female Connection,” by Judith A. Ross (full review)