I can’t lie, I tend to get a little grumpy about new books as we inch closer to summer and suddenly everything needs a pool or beach ball on the cover. I’m pretty much always going to want something weird, depressing, or mind-bendingly interesting to read, so I’m glad this spring looks pretty promising. Here are ten new titles I have my eye on, with links to their Goodreads pages for more details.
I requested and downloaded this book the second I saw it available and can’t wait to dig in. Dr. Willie Parker (who you may recognize from the amazing documentary Trapped) believes that true Christianity means compassion for all, including women who need the most help.
If you start with two of my favorite books as comp titles, you’re pretty sure to win me over. But when those books are The Dinner and Dept. of Speculation, which are so vastly different, I’m doubly intrigued.
On the surface, this doesn’t necessarily sound like a book that would appeal to me, but comparisons to The Secret History and bits of Shakespeare definitely make it worth checking out.
The reviews for Kristen Radtke’s deserted cities graphic memoir are bananas and I’m basically counting the days until I can get it in my hands.
I’ve grown to LOVE some weird short stories and this collection sounds like it will hit the mark by a mile: “A house might fall in love with a girl and grow jealous of her friend. A boy might return from the dead in the guise of a fox.”
First of all, the title and cover are amazing. But then there’s this: “a debut collection of fierce and funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada, ‘a land of ice and casual racism’.” Sign me up!
Hi? Is that you, my nonfiction wheelhouse, calling? I just really love pop psych and this seems like it packs an extra punch.
I’m not quite as comfortable with psychological thrillers as the rest of the titles on this list, but this one sounds unique enough to win me over. Plus, I really trust Graywolf Press.
I mean, “Like an unholy collision of Stoner, The Haunting of Hill House, Charlie Brown, and Alice in Wonderland, this audacious new novel by the Giller Prize–longlisted Suzette Mayr is a satire that takes the hallowed halls of the campus novel in fantastical—and unsettling—directions.” WHAT. Can I marry a book?
I still haven’t read Katherine Heiny’s short stories, but I’m just 25 pages into her debut novel and LOVING it. Such a distinct voice, despite a rather familiar premise.
What are you hoping to read this spring?