6 new books to read in October

A History of World War II from the African-American Perspective; an in-depth investigation of how new extremist movements are born out of the Internet; and a micro-history of one of the oldest and most valuable types of personal identification.

Here is a selection of new books published this month.

Available October 4

From how social media sells our data to retailers (and worse) to concern over period-tracking apps being used against pregnant women, the fight for privacy has never been fiercer. Danielle Keats Citron, a law professor at the University of Virginia and vice president of the Cyber ​​Civil Rights Initiative, suggests that privacy as we knew it is already gone, that doesn’t mean we should give up. Drawing on interviews with victims, activists and lawmakers, Citron calls for a reassessment of privacy as a human right and how we can better protect our future privacy.

Available October 4

This debut novel follows a queer Indigenous doctoral student in Canada who steps away from his thesis to write a novel. Trying to navigate between growing up on a reservation and surviving the elitist politics of academia, the protagonist’s story parallels that of his cousin, whose life was plagued by violence and drugs in a tale which challenges the difference between escape and survival.

Available October 11

Fatima Ali has become a fan favorite among foodies nationwide with her appearance on Bravo’s Excellent chef. But off-camera, viewers were unaware that after filming wrapped, Ali had been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. But even in the face of a devastating diagnosis, Ali truly lived life to the fullest, as detailed in these posthumous memoirs chronicling her final travels around the world, her childhood in Pakistan, and her thoughts as a leader, a daughter, and a woman. queer trying to fulfill their dreams and honor their family in the face of traditional expectations.

Available October 18

History is said to be written by the victors, but it was also primarily written from a white perspective. While there have been a few movies about black Americans who served in the US Armed Forces during WWII (out of hundreds, if not thousands, about WWII in general), there are still so few representation of their contributions. More than a million black men and women served in World War II, and Half American details how black troops in Normandy, Iwo Jima and the Battle of the Bulge served in separate units, performing labor life support, only to be denied housing and education. opportunities when they return home.

Available October 25

If there’s one thing you should never lose while traveling, it’s your passport. While modern passports are more high-tech (not to mention more expensive and time-consuming to renew), passports in general have been in use for centuries, dating back to ancient messengers and ambassadors. Passports themselves, from time to time, often indicate broader themes about immigration, international politics, and what it means to be a citizen.

Available Oct 28.

As the Capitol siege on January 6, 2021 starkly demonstrates, modern terrorist groups not only use the internet to communicate, but originate and form from online forums and chat rooms without ever having to meet in person. before launching an attack. Rita Katz, founder and executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks and analyzes extremist activity online, examines how a new generation of terrorists, from ISIS to neo-Nazis, are using the internet to spread their manifestos, recruit members and plan attacks violent in a way that law enforcement has never seen before.

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