2019 Book Releases That Have Us in a Tizzy

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Adah is excited about:

Out East
By John Glynn
On sale: 5/14
Glynn paints a generous and open portrayal of the human and physical Montauk summer landscape. He takes us to the Hamptons as companions that are probably as unlikely as he is to have ended up out there every weekend that summer (or maybe I'm just the unlikely one!). And a summer that could have chewed up and swallowed a vulnerable young person, spits John out on the other side with greater courage and empathy. I slurped this one up.


The Altruists
By Andrew Ridker
On sale: 3/5
The Altruists is a remarkable examination of privilege. It's funny and plot-driven, but revealing. It feels as if Andrew Ridker is outing the intelligentsia, and while he ultimately presents a family that redeems itself, the weekend they spend courting each other over the family inheritance reveals all kinds of hypocrisies. The Ridker has immense writing talent; the language made this truly joyful to read. Lastly, St. Louis is a star of this book. (PS Love how the cover art is both beautifully floral AND relevant to a symbolic element of the story.)

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I Miss You When I Blink
By Mary Laura Philpott
On sale: 4/2
Acclaimed essayist and bookseller Mary Laura Philpott presents a charmingly relatable and wise memoir-in-essays about what happened after she checked off all the boxes on her successful life’s to-do list and realized she might need to reinvent the list—and herself. 

Jessica is excited about:

Golden Child
By Claire Adam
On sale: 1/29

Gut wrenching and haunting. A family in impoverished and corrupt Triniad. Twins and a father who makes impossible choices. Would be a great book club selection...I need to find someone to discuss this with!

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A Woman Is No Man
By Etaf Rum
On sale: 3/5

I inhaled this novel and already know it will be one of my top reads of 2019. A raw look into the lives of three generations of Palestinian-American women living in Brooklyn. This book felt honest and vulnerable and I am so thankful that Etaf Rum shared these words with us. It was a hard read, in the best way possible. Highly recommend!

Jan is excited about:

The Lost Girls of Paris
By Pam Jenoff
On sale: 1/29

Grace Healy is running late but the short-cut she takes won't save time. Instead, her world will get spun on its axis as she uncovers the story of British women serving as spies in France in WWII. Well-crafted and compelling. Women in WWII will be a popular book theme this spring, this novel is ahead of the pack.

Eleanor is excited about:

Sugar Run
By Mesha Maren
On sale: 1/8
Jodi, sentenced to a lifetime in prison, finds herself unexpectedly turned loose after just 18 years. Jodi’s tale unfolds on two timelines: in 1989, the narration inches toward revealing the crime that landed Jodi a life sentence; in 2007, Jodi strives to recover her land from the gaping jaws of a nearby fracking operation and her life from destructive forces both within and outside her control. Sugar Run is precisely the propulsive, gritty debut novel that I didn’t know I wanted, but am delighted to have discovered. Put this book at the top of your TBR list. Full review here.

Outer Order, Inner Calm
by Gretchen Rubin
On sale: 3/5
I confess I’ve been drinking the Gretchen Rubin Kool-Aid for a few years now. Her suggestions are unfailingly small and manageable, yet yield large and tangible results.

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Lily is excited about:

On the Come Up
By Angie Thomas
On sale: 2/5
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it. From the author of The Hate U Give.

And of course there are books we haven’t quite had a chance to crack open yet, but we eye them with anticipation as they rest atop our to-be-read stacks:

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The Dreamers
By Karen Thompson Walker
On sale: 1/15
An ordinary town is transformed by a mysterious illness that triggers perpetual sleep in this mesmerizing novel from the New York Timesbestselling author of The Age of Miracles.

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Black Is the Body
By Emily Bernard

On sale: 1/29
An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race—in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way—in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America’s New England today. 

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The Source of Self-Regard
By Toni Morrison
On sale: 2/12
Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection—a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades. The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison’s inimitable hallmark.

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The Farm
By Joanne Ramos
On sale: 5/7
Nestled in New York is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here—more than you’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds; your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. The Farm pushes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit to the extremes, and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.

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Furious Hours
By Casey Cep

On sale: 5/7
The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird.

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The Falconer
By Dana Czapnik
On sale: 1/29
Told in vibrant, quicksilver prose, The Falconer  is a “wholly original coming-of-age story” (Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists), providing a snapshot of the city and America through the eyes of the children of the baby boomers grappling with privilege and the fading of radical hopes. Here we have a new generational coming-of-age story not seen since The Catcher in the Rye.

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf
By Marlon James
On sale: 2/5
The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.


By Helen Oyeyemi
On sale: 3/5

Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories--equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch's house in "Hansel and Gretel" to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can--beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.