True Story

One of the Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of the Year!

Every other week, I very casually fill the tub with water and sneak up and grab an unsuspecting Corgi. Both Dylan and Gwen tolerate bath time. They each also receive a conditioner treatment for their floof that’s supposed to help with coat quality. It’s basically a Corgi spa day. Every groomer I watch on Youtube tells me I should blow dry them, but Dylan is terrified of it, so I just let them both air dry. The whole process takes a few hours, so I end up getting pretty far in my audiobook of choice. So later on, we’ll be talking about one of my favorite nonfiction reads that has come out recently. But first, let’s dive into new books!

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Bookish Goods

a photo of a white woan wearing a pair of pink socks. The socks say "so little time" and "so many books"

Book Socks by 2troubleboys

There are few things better than a warm pair of socks. So I’m always here for more. These socks have a range of cute, bookish saying on them! $12

New Releases

a graphic of the cover of The Kneeling Man: My Father's Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. by Leta McCollough Seletzky

The Kneeling Man: My Father’s Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. by Leta McCollough Seletzky

Leta McCollough Seletzky’s father, Marrell McCollough, worked as an undercover police officer posing as a member of the Invaders, an activist group that was in talks with King in the days leading up to the murder. In a famous photo of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assisination, Marrell McCollough can be seen at King’s side. Seletzky searches for more info about her father’s career as a police officer, wondering what things she might uncover.

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A Living Remedy by Nicole Chung [AOC]

A Living Remedy by Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung is one of my favorite nonfiction writers working today. Her writing is intimate, clear, and insightful. Her latest memoir, A Living Remedy, is finally out in the world. It follows Chung’s experience of losing her father and mother in the same handful of years. It delves into grief, the shape of it, and how she can move forward without the people who used to be her whole world.

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Riot Recommendations

a graphic of the cover of Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell About Fear by Erica Berry

Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell About Fear by Erica Berry

The moment I read the description of Erica Berry’s new book, Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell About Fear, I knew I needed to read it. Berry frames her look at wolves as symbols of human fear with the story of OR-7, a famous wolf that roamed through Oregon. She expertly ties together her ideas with the wolf, delving into everything from fairytales to her own story as a woman living in a male-centered world. I found myself consumed by this book, exploring Berry’s different ideas, each chapter building upon the last. It’s such a lush, multi-genre book, full of insightful observations and excellent storytelling.

a graphic of the cover of All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

In honor of Nicole Chung’s second memoir coming out this week, I’d thought we’d look at her first book, All You Can Ever Know. Chung grew up as a Korean American adoptee with white parents. Chung’s parents loved her deeply and thought that love was enough. But as she grew, Chung began to realize that her parents didn’t understand what it was like to be Asian American in their mostly-white town. Chung describes her journey, untangling the many threads of her family history and how she came to be given up for adoption. Her experience causes her to think more about the wider world of private adoption and the many problems within the industry. Her writing is direct as she openly describes the complication of loving her parents while also knowing there could have been a lot of things done better about her upbringing as an interracial adoptee. All You Can Ever Know is a stunning memoir that opens up a conversation about private and interracial adoption in America.

a photo of Dylan, a red and white Pembroke Welsh Corgi, sitting on a navy towel.
Dylan, with his majestic chest floof, post bath

That’s it for this week! You can find me over on my substack Winchester Ave or over on Instagram @kdwinchester. As always, feel free to drop me a line at For even MORE bookish content, you can find my articles over on Book Riot.

Happy reading, Friends!

~ Kendra