The Books Of 2019 We Can't Wait To Read (So Far)

Come inside, kick up your heels. Let's get comfortable. We're here to talk about the best thing there is to talk about: books. And not just any books, but the brand-new books of 2019 that are eagerly awaiting your adoration — even if you're not quite done with 2018's.

There are countless amazing books published each month. Here, we'll wade through the new releases and pick the titles we're most excited about. These are the reads you'll bring to book club or send your friends in the mail. The books that will get under your skin. The books that might change the way you think about the world.

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Behold, a broad selection of 2019's new releases, from thrillers to romances to literary fiction, from buzzy to under-the-radar. What unites the selections is our sheer enthusiasm for them. We'll begin with January, then continually update this list with books we're excited about throughout the year.

In the Dream House: A Memoir, Carmen Maria Machado
November 5


In this memoir, Carmen Maria Machado struggles to find the right form to describe her abusive relationship with a woman — because there's no literary precedent for such a relationship. "Putting language to something for which you have no language is no easy feat,” she writes. At turns playful and dark, each chapter harnesses a different subgenre to approach the relationship. In the Dream House further cements Machado’s status as one of the leading writers today.
Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo
October 8

Ninth House, YA legend Leigh Bardugo’s highly anticipated adult fiction debut, will live up to your wildest dreams. Drawing from her own experiences at Yale, Bardugo imagines the school’s eight oldest secret societies as practitioners of magic. Galaxy “Alex” Stern is plucked from obscurity in California to be part of the Ninth House, who monitor magical activity on campus. An outsider in a world of magic and privilege, Alex must use her wits (and her ability to see ghosts) to get by. No more spoilers, but Ninth House was one of the most gripping reading experiences I’ve had since childhood.

Wild Game, Adrienne Brodeur
October 15

Reading Wild Game is an infectious experience. The moment you finish the book, you’ll want to pass it on, so you too can discuss the memoir’s shocking content and astounding writing. When Adrienne Brodeur was 14, her mother, Malabar, confessed in the middle of the night that she had kissed her husband’s best friend. From then on, Adrienne is complicit in her mother’s affair. As she grows up, Brodeur must question the central relationship in her life. Wild Game is for anyone who’s asked themselves the question, “Am I destined to become my parent?”  

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life, Ali Wong
October 15

It should come as no surprise that Ali Wong, who made us cry from laughter in her raunchy and relatable Netflix special, is as adept a writer as she is a comedian. Her book, Dear Girls, is written as a message to her daughters and women everywhere. If Wong gives instructions for “living your best life,” it’s best to listen.

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Frankissstein, Jeanette Winterson  October 1

In this wildly clever book, Jeanette Winterson plays with different elements in the mythology of Frankenstein, from women’s liberation to the implications of artificial intelligence to the exploits of Lord Byron. The novel switches between Mary Shelley and Ry, a trans man who becomes involved with a mad scientist.

Permanent Record, Mary H.K. Choi
September 3

At 5 o’clock in the morning in New York City, it’s possible for people from disparate worlds to collide. That’s how Pablo Rind, an NYU drop-out working at a deli, meets Leanna Smart, a famous pop star (think Selena Gomez). The endlessly clever Pablo narrates the story of two people fighting to follow the thread of a romance when their lives pull them in opposite directions. This astounding follow-up to her debut, Emergency Contact, proves Choi is a spokesperson for the way we communicate (and strive, and love) now.

Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir
September 10

Lesbian necromancers in space? Can we come? Tamsyn Muir's debut is a wildly playful must-read for people who are craving something way, way out there.
Know My Name, Chanel Miller
September 24

You probably know her as Emily Doe. In 2016, she stunned the world with the powerful victim statement letter she read to Brock Turner, the man who assaulted her while she was unconscious, after he was sentenced to six months in county jail.

Know her name: Chanel Miller. As with the letter, Miller writes about surviving an assault, and then surviving the traumatic aftermath of doubt.
The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
September 10

It won’t take much convincing to pick up the sequel of The Handmaid’s Tale. Thanks to the Hulu adaptation and chilling current events, Atwood’s novel has burst back into the zeitgeist. The book is set 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale. Let’s hope this has a happy ending, for Offred’s sake and for ours.

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The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
September 24

Well, folks, she did it again: Ann Patchett created characters so vivid it’s hard to remember they’re not real. Cyril Conroy begins a real estate empire. Due to a series of Dickens-esque twists, Cyril’s children, Maeve and Danny, can never inherit his riches – or the beloved childhood home, the Dutch House. After Danny and Maeve lose the Dutch House, they spend their lives trying to make up for the loss. Spend five decades in Danny and Maeve’s lives, and you’ll feel the ache to invite them to a party.
Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson
September 17

In Red at the Bone, decades of history of a Brooklyn family are rendered into a modern-day epic. 16-year-old Melody’s emotional coming-of-age ceremony prompts her parents and grandparents to look back on how they got here. Woodson’s sparse, precise language focuses only on the meat of the story. Not a word is out of place.

Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino
August 6

When Jia Tolentino publishes one of her essays on the New Yorker website, which blend incisive insights with personal detours, the internet stops. So imagine what’ll happen when her book comes out. Read Trick Mirror for Tolentino's insights on millennial scammers, social media, and her own coming of age. Sorry, Hannah Horvath — this is the voice of a generation.
The Dearly Beloved, Cara Wall
August 6

Charles and Lily, James and Nan get together in 1963. Charles and James are preachers at the Third Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. With that, the die are cast. Cara Wall tracks how their relationships and beliefs change as the years go by. A profoundly moving read — no background in theology necessary.
The Other’s Gold, Elizabeth Ames
August 27

As freshmen, Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret are thrown together by the housing gods of Quincy-Hawthorn College. Their meeting is a matter of chance. Their lifelong friendship is not — the four women choose to love each other, even through their most unflattering turns. Each of the four sections in The Other’s Gold explores one friend’s worst-ever mistake, and how it impacts her and her relationships. The Other’s Gold is as beautifully written and epic in scope as A Little Life, but featuring women characters.
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In the Country of Women, Susan Straight
August 6

Susan Straight wrote this family history for her three daughters — and we’re lucky that she shared it with the rest of us. Theirs is a saga full of independent, brave, tough women. The women who came before you, my daughters, were legends,” Straight writes. Straight’s family is white, from Switzerland and Colorado. Her ex-husband, with whom she had three children, is Black, and his family endured through enslavement and Jim Crow. This is the story of America, through the lens of one family.
The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa
August 13


On the island where our unnamed narrator lives, nothing is permanent. The birds disappear, then perfumes, then calendars. Every time an object “disappears,” the Memory Police — an authoritarian force – carry out a process of elimination, so that no trace remains. How can our narrator, a novelist, hold on to her sense of reality when it’s constantly fragmenting? And how can she stop the rate of erosion. You won’t be forgetting this haunting and imaginative novel anytime soon.
Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom
August 13

The yellow house was bought by Sarah M. Broom’s mother in 1961. It washed away in Hurricane Katrina. In this memoir, Broom recalls a century’s-worth of family history, centering around this house in a neglected area of a mythical American city.
The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
August 6

True story: I read The Turn of the Key in two days, and hardly thought of anything else. In this riveting suspense novel, Ruth Ware reworks and modernizes Henry James' famous Turn of the Screw. Rowan thinks she's found the perfect job — a nannying gig at Heatherbrae House, a smart-home in the middle of the Scottish countryside. But then the parents disappear, the kids are demanding, and she might be hearing ghosts in the attic. What are you going to believe? Logic, or Rowan?
Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman
July 23

Inspired by a real-life unsolved drowning in 1960s Baltimore, Laura Lippman weaves a gripping story of a housewife mobilized to solve a crime that everyone else seems to have forgotten. Thirty-seven-year-old Maddie Schwartz leaves her house and becomes a journalist just to find out what happened to Cleo Sherwood, a Black cocktail waitress who vanished. Lady in the Lake makes a thriller from the real American knots of class, race, and gender.
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Supper Club, Lara Williams
July 9Inspired by a real-life unsolved drowning in 1960s Baltimore, Laura Lippman weaves a gripping story of a housewife mobilized to solve a crime that everyone else seems to have forgotten. Thirty-seven-year-old Maddie Schwartz leaves her house and becomes a journalist just to find out what happened to Cleo Sherwood, a Black cocktail waitress who vanished. Lady in the Lake makes a thriller from the real American knots of class, race, and gender.

Roberta is hungry for more — more opportunities than her painfully shy nature has afforded her, more life than is found in her isolating college dorm. At the depth of her college misery, Roberta begins cooking, and finds that she can nourish herself and others, too. So begins the idea of a supper club: A monthly gathering where women eat past the point of being full, and even past that. Supper Club will speak to parts of you that you didn’t know were yearning. A thought-provoking read that will make you hungry for Roberta’s cooking and more of Williams’ insights on women at crossroads (her book of short stories came out in 2017)
Very Nice, Marcy Demarsky
July 2

Reading Very Nice is a lot like overhearing juicy gossip for a couple hundred pages. Five narrators unspool the bizarre soap opera that is their interconnected lives. The novel begins when Rachel Klein, a college student from Connecticut, sleeps with her writing professor before he goes home to Pakistan, then agrees to babysit his poodle. Very Nice is a smart, stylish read about a bunch of exaggerated and not-so-self-aware characters. The book’s sheer wackiness differentiates from the other light romps of summer.
The Need, Helen Phillips
July 9

Tired of reading variations on the same old domestic thriller? In The Need, Helen Phillips rejiggers the ingredients of a thriller — a perfect life in a big house suddenly gone awry — into a decidedly literary novel that plumbs the psychology of motherhood. It starts when Molly hears a noise in the house. It goes places you can’t imagine. The Need is a book people will be talking – and theorizing — about.
Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
July 9

The hype for Three Women is real. In fact, it’s insufficient. Journalist Lisa Taddeo spent eight years with the three women subjects of this book, chronicling their sexual evolutions and stories. She writes of their lives with intimacy, treating real women with the depth that fictional characters often receive — a reminder that each of our lives are story-worthy.
Evvie Drake Starts Over, Linda Holmes
June 25

Linda Holmes, the kind fairy godmother of Twitter and host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, wrote an uplifting novel about two people made better by one another. Evvie Drake is a widow with a secret: She doesn't miss her husband. Dean Tenney is an MLB pitcher who lost the ability to throw overnight (it's called the yips). When Dean moves into Evvie's Maine house as a retreat from the stresses of New York, they find solace in each other.
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The Travelers, Regina Porter
June 18

The Travelers is one of the most structurally ambitious and astonishing novels we’ve encountered. The Travelers focuses on two sprawling families and begins with a two-page list of characters. Each chapter, jumping around in place and time, focuses on a different person. The interconnected saga makes us think of how little we really know about our closest family members.
Fleishman Is In Trouble, Taffy Brodesser-Akner
June 25

Everyone has an opinion about why Toby and Rachel Fleishman broke up, including Toby and Rachel Fleishman. After 15 years of marriage, Rachel, a very successful agent, disappears from her husband and two kids. The New York Times' master profiler Taffy Brodesser-Akner dissects a marriage — and in doing so, interrogates the entire institution. She creates a page-turner as insightful as it is impossible to put down.
Mostly Dead Things, Kristen Arnett
June 4

Taxidermy, grief, and Florida swamps mingle in this unusual and unforgettable debut novel. Jessa-Lynn’s father kills himself in his taxidermy workshop, leaving her to care for his struggling business and her family member's demands. She's still raw from one of the world's most toxic love triangles — she and her brother were in love with the same woman for years. Mostly Dead Things is worth reading just for the sheer joy of experiencing an incredibly original story and writing style.
Ask Again, Yes, Mary Beth Keane
May 28

After a shocking tragedy that unfolds one summer night in New Jersey, the Gleeson and Stanhope families are forever linked, though they’d rather not be. The trouble – or, rather, the series of chance encounters that leads to trouble — begins when two NYPD cops move next door to one another in a quiet town close to New York. Ask Again, Yes achieves that delicious combination of deeply rendered character portraits, compelling plot, and underline-able prose. The novel will appeal to fans of Ann Patchett or Celeste Ng — or anyone who's ever had a neighbor.
Orange World, Karen Russell
May 14

Karen Russell is the master of surprises. Just when you think you know the rules of her story's world, she twists. It’s kind of her thing by now. But knowing that you’ll be surprised doesn’t make the surprise any less thrilling. This collection of magical realism-infused stories will amaze, again and again.
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Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston
May 14

Imagine a world in which the first son of the United States fell in love with the equally telegenic (and sweet AF) Prince of England. Now imagine you get to watch the secret romance unfold, in all its sexy glory. Clear out the weekend. After beginning this utterly delectable romance about two young men falling for each other, you will not want to do anything else.
Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race, Lara Prior-Palmer
May 7

At age 19, an aimless Lara Prior-Palmer leaves her nanny job in Switzerland to enroll in the Mongo Derby, an endurance competition that involves riding 25 ponies through 1,000 kilometers of the Mongolian steppe. Prior-Palmer had no idea what to expect. Maybe it was that brazen openness that allowed her to become both the competition's youngest winner and the first woman to win.

Prior-Palmer may be a gifted equestrian, but also she’s a born writer. The memoir’s action is punctuated by idiosyncratic musings and self-reflection, often unflattering. The journey, told through Prior Palmer’s voice, would’ve been interesting even without the satisfaction of victory.
Disappearing Earth, Julia Philipps
May 14

It begins with the disappearance of two young sisters on the remote Russian peninsula of Kamchatka, located between Japan and Alaska. From there, Phillips dips into the lives of others connected by the crime: A witness, a mother, an indigenous college student in a controlling relationship.

Phillips deftly handles her many characters’ trajectories; how their small actions may spur domino effects in others’ lives. What results is an unforgettable novel. Ambitious in scope, beautifully written, and a tremendously satisfying and unpredictable plot.
How to Do Nothing, Jenny Odell
April 9

When was the last time you really were really present? When your phone wasn't just on silent, but off and in the other room? When you didn't feel pressure to be constantly working or adding to your personal brand? If you experience a near-constant frenetic mental activity, you're not alone. How to Do Nothing is Jenny Odell's instruction guide to adopting an alternative way of moving through life. Unplug from the attention economy, and plug into the world.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb
April 2

In prose that's conversational and funny yet deeply insightful, psychologist Lori Gottlieb is here to remind us that our therapists are people, too. Gottlieb situates us in her office, which functions as a revolving door of life stages— a patient wth cancer, a jaded Hollywood producer. In between portraits of patients, Gottlieb also examines herself. Gottlieb writes in bite-sized and easily digestible chapters, but she tackles big ideas about the human condition.
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Save Me the Plums, Ruth Reichl
April 2

When Ruth Reichl was in her 40s, she was offered the professional opportunity of a lifetime: the position of Gourmet Magazine's editor-in-chief. But she turned it down, not thinking she was equipped for the editorial position after years as a restaurant critic and author. Reichl is a warm, intimate writer. She peels back the curtain to a glamorous time of magazine-making. You'll tear through this memoir – and hopefully be compelled to make some of the recipes Reichl includes.
The Parisian, Isabella Hammad
April 9

It's hard to believe this sweeping, sophisticated historical novel is Isabella Hammad's debut — Hammad is truly a talent to watch. The Parisian spans decades in the life of Midhat Kamal, a man caught between worlds. As a young man, Midhat was sent from his home in Palestine to study medicine in France. His time away, while formative, means he's wholly unprepared for how geopolitical upheaval will interrupt the course of his early 20th century life.
All That You Leave Behind, Erin Lee Carr
April 9

By page 1, we were drawn in. By page 3, we were weeping. Erin Lee Carr is a documentarian by trade, but this memoir proves she's also an incredible writer. Clearly, she takes after her father, legendary journalist David Carr, whose sudden death in 2015 is the basis for this memoir. Carr combs through her 1,936 emails with her father to create a story of their relationship.
Trust Exercise, Susan Choi
April 9

The best novels make you forget the outside world. And Susan Choi, a master novelist, takes advantage of her prose's magnetic qualities — just as she's established the rules of her narrative, she puppet-masters and shifts into an entirely new book. Choi's kaleidoscopic novel follows four students at a prestigious performing arts high school in Texas, all bound together by acting workshops taught by the magnetic Mr. Kingsley. Prepare for an ending that will make you question everything you just read.
The Affairs of the Falcóns, Melissa Rivero
April 2

When Ana Falcón stares out her window in 1990s Brooklyn, she sees a sight far different than her native Peru. Ana moved to the United States with her husband, Lucho, and their two children in search of a better life, but they're burdened by debts to a loan shark and tireless hours at a factory. Further, Ana and Lucho's undocumented status curtails their chances at getting out of this situation. At a time when the United States is wracked with debates about what constitutes a "real" American, this rendering of the immigrant experience couldn't be more important.
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Normal People, Sally Rooney
April 16

April might as well be called Sally Rooney Month, so astonishing is the hype for her second book, Normal People. Her first book, Conversations With Friends, was an astute look at a shifting friendship between two millennial women, told in witty dialogue and text. Normal People is a more conventional love story. Connell and Marianne meet as teenagers in a small town in Western Ireland, then again as students at Trinity. We've seen "on-again, off-again" romance depicted before in pop culture, but never with this depth.
The Old Drift, Namwali Serpell
March 26

There's a whole lot going on in this epic novel. Luckily, debut novelist Namwali Serpell has included an intricate family tree to help us follow along on this journey down the generations of a few Zambian families. Add in a few sprinkles of magical realism, and you're set.
Hogarth The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell, $15.69 Buy
Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi
March 5

The line between real world and fairy tales in Helen Oyeyemi’s novels is never clear, which means they’re way more fun. Following the plot of Oyeyemi’s latest novel can be a challenge, simply because Gingerbread abides by fairy tale logic, not the conventional structure of a novel. But if you sit back and accept the twists, we guarantee you’ll enjoy your romp through mythical countries and apartments where rooms spontaneously rearrange themselves; through twisted family dynamics that could rival those in a Bravo reality show; into rooms where dolls carry on conversations with human women. At its core, Gingerbread is the story of a young girl discovering her Drushastranian heritage, and where her mother got that addictive gingerbread recipe of hers.
Riverhead Books Gingerbread: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi, $16.20 Buy
Lovely War, Julie Berry
March 5

Aphrodite and Ares are gossiping about your love life – or at least they are in Julie Berry’s stunning YA book, Lovely War. In the book, the Olympian gods convene in a hotel room in Manhattan for a bit of a philosophical argument straight out of the Book of Job. They're debating whether love really exists. To prove her point, Aphrodite recalls the epic stories of two young couples that come together and separate during WWI, and tries to convince her war-hungry lover to adopt a more redemptive philosophy. Lovely War gives ordinary lives the sheen of the epic.
Penguin Young Readers Group Lovely War by Julie Berry, $18.99 $13.56 Buy
Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
March 5

In an impressive feat of imagination, Taylor Jenkins Reid creates a meticulous history for a ‘70s rock band that never existed — though reading the book, which takes the shape of a transcript from a rock documentary, you might briefly think otherwise. The Six was a rock band; Daisy Jones was a wild child ingenue. When they combined forces, they created one of the best rock albums of all time. So, how come they never made another album together? The reverberations of the musical acts’ dramatic clash continue throughout the band members' lives, and are explored in the fake documentary.
Macmillan Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, $16.20 Buy
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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, T Kira Madden
March 5

A memoir this fearless is bound to change readers' lives. In Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, T Kira Madden fearlessly retreads her childhood, and crystallizes the moments that made her — for better or for worse. From the start of her memory, T Kira had to be the “parent” to her parents, a pill-addicted woman and a businessman who would eventually be arrested for fraud. In a series of emotionally honest and incisive essays, Madden describes what it took to survive this journey "out." She turns her strange childhood into a page turner.
Bloomsbury Publishing Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir, $17.70 Buy
The Lost Night, Andrea Bartz
February 26

Much like the show Search Party, Andrea Bartz' debut novel is a twisty, tightly plotted thriller set among the hipsters of Brooklyn. In 2009, Lindsay Bach is languishing in post-recession Brooklyn when tragedy strikes and her best friend Edie Iredale is found dead of apparent suicide. Ten years later, Lindsay reexamines that night — and her role in it.
Crown Publishing Group The Lost Night: A Novel by Andrea Bartz, $17.70 Buy
The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
February 12

Buy the The Night Tiger now, and save it for a day at the beach: The long book is so engrossing you could spend a day reading this lush historical novel without staring at your phone once. The Night Tiger cloaks a mystery worthy of a detective novel in a fascinating setting — 1930s Malaya. A group of strangers, from an orphan in the employ of a British doctor to a young woman who hides her dancer job from her mother, are connected in one man's death. It's sweeping novel with something for everyone — and incredible writing.
Flatiron Books The Night Tiger: A Novel by Yangsze Choo, $22.15 Buy
The Heavens, Sandra Newman
February 12

For a trippy pop-culture binge, read The Heavens and watch Netflix’s new showRussian Doll. Both are about women who wake up, over and over, in alternate realities. The Heavens' premise is both brilliant and hard to describe. Ben and Kate meet at a rich girl's party, and instantly hit it off. What Ben doesn't know, though, is that Kate believes her dreams set in Elizabethan England are actually the real world, and the waking world of Manhattan is just a dream. When her dreams start changing the world, we begin to think she's right. This is one of the most gripping and original works around.
Grove Press The Heavens by Sandra Newman, $17.10 Buy
The Lost Man, Jane Harper
February 5

Jane Harper has made a career from building spellbinding mysteries set in the Australian outback. The Lost Man is no exception. In fact, it could be the “outback-iest” of them all. The Bright brothers own a massive cattle farm in Queensland, Australia. When the middle brother, Cameron, winds up dead, they rule it a suicide – but his brothers are suspicious. This amounts to a gripping, character-driven novel in the vein of Harper's last two works.
Flatiron Books The Lost Man by Jane Harper, $14.99 Buy
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On the Come Up, Angie Thomas
February 5

Only two years after its release, Angie Thomas’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, is already considered a classic and taught in schools. Thomas’ highly anticipated follow-up is set in a home only a few miles away from Starr Carter’s. Our star this time is Brianna Jackson, a young woman with dreams of rap-stardom — and the chops to achieve those dreams. But when her mom loses her job because of the recent riots, Brianna is distracted by more pressing issues: The dwindling food supply, broken shoes, and the possibility they may lose their home. Yet again, Thomas excels at creating the kind of funny, vivid, first-person narrator who teaches as she goes. She ones-up herself this time, too: Thomas wrote many raps for the book.
Harper Collins Publishers On The Come Up by Angie Thomas, $13.67 Buy
Bowlaway, Elizabeth McCracken
February 5

We've waited 18 years for master novelist Elizabeth McCracken's next book. Bowlaway is a singular and unforgettable read, bursting with memorable characters (and those characters' ofpsinrg0. Bertha Truitt wants to open a candlepin bowling alley — a particular kind of bowling with multiple small pins native to New England. She thinks certain problems can be, well, bowled away. The plot is great, but McCracken's writing is the star of this book.
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The Age of Light, Whitney Scharer
February 5

Meet Lee Miller, your new heroine – and the subject of Whitney Scharer’s absolutely engrossing debut novel. As legend has it, Lee’s modeling career began after she physically bumped into the influential Conde Nast into the street. At 23, Lee left her thriving modeling career for Paris, where she pursued a career in photography. She also fell in love. Madly in love. With Man Ray, the most famous photographer of his time. Scharer’s book combines historical tension with an ample amount of sheer sexiness.
Little, Brown and Company The Age Of Light by Whitney Scharer, $14.99 Buy
The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh
January 8

Where other feminist dystopias like The Handmaid's Tale create a society in which women are subjugated, Mackintosh's The Water Cure goes micro: Lia, Grace, and Sky are three sisters raised in an isolated island under the strange philosophy their mother and father devised. On that island, they are safe from the “toxins” of the world of men — and are made safer by cruel, methodic rituals. Soon after King disappears, two men and a boy wash ashore, sending their carefully preserved society into turmoil. Suddenly, that which they were taught was evil is standing before them. And Lia, especially, is hungry for the love she’d never received.
Penguin Random House The Water Cure: A Novel by Sophie Mackintosh , $17.07 Buy
An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
January 8

Meet the first great suspense thriller of 2019. Jessica Farris decides to make some quick money by entering into an NYU psychiatrist's study about ethics and morality (think the Netflix show Maniac). At first, Jessica is entranced by the chic study leader, Dr. Lydia Shields. Dr. Shields tells Jessica what to wear, how to interact with people. Soon, the increasingly emotionally manipulative experiments start bleeding into Jessica's personal life. By then, though, it's too late to stop.
St. Martins Press An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, $22.93 Buy
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Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss
January 8

Where do we begin with this remarkable, inventive novella, which does so much in so few pages? In Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss unpacks the toxic patriarchy all without leaving the confines of a teenage girl’s two-week trip to the remote northern edges of England led by her father, a bus driver with a passion for ancient British history, and an archaeology professor interested in recreating the past. Once the men start toying with the idea of recreating ancient rituals, things get dicey. Sylvie may be a smart, clear-voiced narrator – but you’ll still want to rescue her.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Ghost Wall: A Novel by Sarah Moss, $14.71 Buy
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, edited by Ibi Zoboi
January 8

As Ibi Zoboi says in the introduction of this YA short story anthology, there's no one way of being Black. Zoboi, an acclaimed author of YA fiction, recruited 16 other Black authors to write about "teens examining, rebelling against, embracing, or simply existing within their own idea of blackness." The resulting anthology is both thought-provoking and star-studded, with fiction from Jason Reynolds (the Track series), Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), Nic Stone (Dear Martin), among many others. Together, the voices create a multitude of perspectives of Black teens growing up and into themselves.
Harper Collins Publishers Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, $12.32 Buy
Paragon Hotel, Lyndsay Faye
January 8

Alice James’ nickname is Nobody. It suits her, since Alice James is on the run. It’s 1921, and Alice has just bolted from New York (and everyone out to get her) to Oregon, where she settles at the city’s only Black-only hotel thanks to a fast friendship with the hotel porter. The hotel's the other residents are initially uncomfortably, as Alice is Welsh-Italian. Still, she’s by their side as they’re rollicked by a tragedy: the disappearance of a young boy just as the KKK presence is rising. Faye crafts a fast-paced mystery that’s also steeped in a fascinating, and unfortunately all too prescient, part of American history. If you ever dressed up as a flapper for Halloween or love to stay up all night reading mysteries, Paragon Hotel is for you.
G.P. Putnam's Sons The Paragon Hotel by Lindsay Faye, $12.99 Buy
The Dreamers, Karen Thompson Walker
January 15

How does the world end? In Karen Walker's fairy tale of an apocalypse story, it ends with a doze. People fall asleep and never wake up. But they keep dreaming. The book features a tantalizing amount of central characters. Walker describes the lives of those still awake, as well as the sleepers' vivid dreams.
Penguin Random House The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, $24.03 Buy
The Falconer, Dana Czapnik
January 29

Remember your moony-eyed, slightly awkward 17-year-old self, hesitantly optimistic for the future and a bit overwhelmed by the present? Lucy Adler, the ridiculously endearing high school senior (and ridiculously gifted basketball player) at the center of Dana Czapnik’s debut novel, will take you back to the days of unrequited crushes with cold, cool boys and philosophical conversations with friends on walks home from school. The Falconer is the new definitive New York coming-of-age story — expect to underline many poignant sentences, as well as dreamy descriptions of the city at night.
Atria Books The Falconer: A Novel by Dana Czapnik, $16.50 Buy
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The Wolf in the Whale, by Jordanna Max Brodsky
January 29

The trend of mythology re-imaginings is continuing, and we're delighted. In the Olympus Bound stories, Jordanna Max Brodsky imagined Greek gods living in Manhattan. Now, she turns her focus to the Norse and Inuit gods in the cold Arctic in the year 1000 AD. Omat, who lives on the edge of civilization, is set to be a shaman like her grandfather. Then, famine descends. Determined to save her family, Omat journeys for a solution — and ends up meeting a Viking, who offers up his own set of gods as a solution.
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Cantoras, Carolina de Robertis
September 3

Their world isn’t built for women — and especially not for women like them, who love other women. So, they make a world of their own. In 1977, during Uruguay’s dictatorship, five women establish a sanctuary in the isolated Cabo Polonio where they can live and love as they please. Over the next 35 years, the women retreat to their queer sanctuary. Carolina de Robertis fashioned a difficult moment in history into an absolutely gorgeous book about a bittersweet triumph, based on a true story.

She SaidBreaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey 
September 10

Everyone remembers where they were when the New York Times’ exposé on producer Harvey Weinstein’s years of sexual misconduct was released. She Said is the story behind the October 5, 2017 story that changed the world. Here’s how Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey brought Harvey Weinstein down and in doing so started a desperately needed (and ongoing) conversation about sexual harassment.

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