Winter may be closing in, the nights may be frosty and cold, but we have book after book after book to keep you warm. It’s like the publishing industry just woke up from its winter hibernation, ready to regale us with stories. From a brilliant book about motherhood to the memoir of the coolest woman alive, there’s definitely a February book that will beguile and tempt you in equal measures.
A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power, Paul Fischer (February 3)
North Korea has a long, tangled history with the cinema, which has, more often than not, been used as a source of propaganda. In this book Fischer tells us the strange-but-true story of when Jong-Il kidnapped a South Korean actress and director so that the quality of North Korean’s propaganda could be taken up a notch. In short, Seth Rogen’s The Interview has literally nothing on real life. (30 Rock, on the other hand: semi-accurate as per usual?) — Elisabeth Donnelly