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The Reading List- 15 New Books for Spring


We always have a minimum of two books going at a time. Our typical mix usually includes something super-literary, a country house mystery, and Liane Moriarty (she’s her own genre now, right?). Here’s a round-up of the newest books we can’t wait to sink into this spring, from dark thrillers, to tear-jerking family dramas, to comedies of manners, to fantastically dark voyages.

The Hole in the Middle

The Hole in the Middle by Kate Hilton

Who cannot see themselves in Sophie Whelan, a woman who prides herself on being able to do it all, but often at the cost of her own happiness? Kate Hilton approaches this age-old phenomenon with grace, humor and endless humanity.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

If you’re still feeling down about the last Thanksgiving with your relatives, wait until you meet the Plumb family. Sweeney creates a picture of true, hilarious dysfunction as the Plumb siblings squabble over their massive trust fund. Still not convinced? It’s backed by Amy Poehler.

Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany

It’s been said that Amy Hatvany is the new Jodi Picoult, and her latest novel proves all this and more with a heartfelt story of two sisters coming together after 35 years apart to find their birth mother. There will be tears.

The Widow by Fiona Barton

If you’re still reeling from Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, you will love Fiona Barton’s crafty thriller about a woman who decides to speak out after her husband, a man accused of murder, mysteriously dies.

Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson

Told in weaving, time-jumping narratives about coming of age in the glamorous and often dangerous world of professional ballet, Girl Through Glass explores the notions of perfection, obsession and unexpected desire.

The Ramblers by Aiden Donnelley Rowley

Rowley’s exploration of four lost souls trying to navigate their lives in an electric yet ruthless New York City is right on par with J. Courtney Sullivan’s explorations of human relationships in Commencement  and The Engagement.

Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop

Dunlop’s debut novel features art, decadence, scandal, and a love triangle all set in the picturesque city of Nantes, France. Read this if you’re dying to get away or just need a little adrenaline rush!

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

This complex and moving debut by Guskin tells the story of a mother, son, and a former professor at the end of his life knocking on the door of a woman whose own son went missing eight years ago. And things just get crazier from there!

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

Oyeyemi gives readers the gift of keys to unlock the nooks of their imagination in the creative, multi-storied What is not Yours is not Yours. These magical keys open a diary, a heart, a house, and the winding labyrinths that exist within each world.

The Ex: A Novel by Alafair Burke

Like an episode of “Scandal” in book form, The Ex tells the story of a man who is framed for triple homicide, and his criminal defense lawyer/ex-fiance coming to his rescue. Things get complicated when she realizes the man she once knew may not be as innocent as she thinks.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Heilig takes readers on a trip around the world in this beautiful, yet complex story. Life is a breeze when Nix boards her father’s magical ship, The Temptation, that can take her anywhere on a map. But things take a turn for the worst when her father discovers a map that leads him to a crossroads between choosing his daughter’s existence or his deceased wife’s.

The Full Catastrophe by Karen Elizabeth Lee

Lee’s memoir is part Jungian philosophy, part dream analysis, and all-around compellingly true story about a woman’s ability to heal and resurrect her life after the death of her abusive husband.

Hover by Anne A. Wilson

Written by a former navy pilot, Hover promises to grip readers with its main character Sara Denning, a strong yet vulnerable Navy lieutenant who always strives to be the hero of her own story, despite everything and everyone trying to knock her down.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

We ate up Straub’s witty and wonderful previous novel The Vacationers and now she is back with a capital B! Modern Lovers offers up the story of two former band mates and lifelong friends who find marriage and adult life to be a bit harder than they imagined…especially when their respective children begin sleeping together.

Start With the Backbeat by Garinè B. Isassi

Jill Dodge must find a new rapper to sign with Mega Big Records before the “gangsta” trend passes. Can she do it? Start With the Backbeat will make you want to dance with its original lyrics and wit, but also make you think, as it explores the nuances of culture, race and music in America in the 1980s.

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