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America Ferrera Editing Anthology Full of Fascinating People: Today In Books

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America Ferrera Is Editing An Anthology Full of Fascinating People

The anthology of essays, releasing in September, focuses on the theme of navigating between cultures. Some of the amazing contributors include Roxane Gay, Issa Rae, Michelle Kwan, Kal Penn, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Jenny Zhang. And a portion of the profits will be donated to Immigrants We Get the Job Done Coalition. To be honest she had me at the title: American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures.

Novelist Fanny Burney’s Letter From 1812 Describes Her Mastectomy

The British Library has placed online for the first time a letter Fanny Burney wrote to her sister where she described her mastectomy without anesthesia: “To conclude, the evil was so profound, the case so delicate, & the precautions necessary for preventing a return so numerous, that the operation, including the treatment and the dressing, lasted 20 minutes! a time, for sufferings so acute, that was hardly supportable – However, I
bore it with all the courage I could exert, & never moved, nor stopt them, nor resisted, nor remonstrated, nor spoke – except once or twice, during the dressings, to say “Ah Messieurs! que je vous plains!”

In Adaptation News

Three Jane Green novels are being adapted by Lifetime: Tempting Fate, To Have and To Hold, and Family Pictures. Alyssa Milano will star in and produce in the first adaptation Tempting Fate. In case you haven’t seen the trailer sneak peek for Angie Thomas’s The Hate You Give you can see it here. And Shari Lapena’s thriller The Couple Next Door is being developed into a television series.