Fiction, New Releases, Nonfiction

New This Month: April 2020

What a weird month March was. After trying to keep the bookstore open for the first few weeks, we ultimately decided to close our doors and only fulfill web orders through our warehouse. This is my 21st day at home, and as the primary point of contact for all of our customers, I’ve been incredibly busy, for which I am grateful. But at the end of the day, I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like. We’ve been getting many emails from publishers about pub dates changing, so everything I include here should be accurate, but is, of course, subject to change.

As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the time the book comes out, I’ve most likely already read, and therefore forgotten, about it. My hope here is to a, share some exciting new titles with you, lovely book lovers and b, remind myself of all the books that will be arriving in the store this month! While the release dates are for US editions, most will be available internationally around the same time or shortly thereafter. In the USA, I recommend purchasing through Bookshop, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers before turning to major chains/online for your book buying needs.

I’ve chosen a collection of books in a variety of genres because I have a myriad of tastes and interests, hopefully one, or a few, will appeal to you! Reviews will be posted for some of the titles as they are released!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The German Heiress by Anika Scott – a fascinating historical thriller set in Germany immediately after the end of WWII
Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in Three Panels by Lisa Brown – an illustrated collection of classic novels adapted into comic strips, a great gift book
The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria: The Sinking of the World’s Most Glamorous Ship by Greg King & Penny Wilson – a nonfiction history book; I love a good shipwreck book and this is already being compared Erik Larson’s Dead Wake
Sin Eater by Megan Campisi – historical fiction set in 16th century England and follows a young girl sentenced to be a sin eater, one who “eats” the sins of others so they can go to heaven, after committing a crime
Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell – an autobiography from Scottish bookseller Shaun Bythell and a followup to his first bookish autobiography, Diary of a Bookseller
The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer – historical fantasy following a young female magician during the Gilded Age in New York
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – I haven’t been a huge fan of Grady Hendrix unique pop culture style of horror, but this book changed my mind – it’s a favorite of some of my coworkers as well!
A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe – historical fiction set in 1933 Vietnam and deals with the troubling realities and effects of colonialism in the lead up to the Vietnam War.
The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke by Sallie Bingham – a biography of heiress Doris Duke who led a very interesting life during the most turbulent times of the twentieth century

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Cats are People, Too: A Collection of Cat Cartoons to Curl Up With by Dave Coverly – As I’ve been stuck at home with my murderous cat, Arya (Stark), I’ve found myself gravitating towards all sorts of cat media as a pick me up and this collection is a lot of fun
Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea, and Japan by Michael Booth – I’ve recently developed a fascination with the history of Asia and this book is part travel guide, part history book
Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths by Helen Morales – a favorite of mine for April, it’s a great look at sociology and feminism through the way the ancient myths are retold
Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould – a contemporary novel about a single mother raising her teenage daughter who keeps asking about her rock star father
Expectation by Anna Hope – a contemporary millennial novel about female friendships and motherhood which I’ve found myself drawn to lately as one friend after another announces their pregnancy while I choose to remain childless (at least for the foreseeable future)
Borrowing Life: How Scientists, Surgeons, and a War Hero Made the First Successful Organ Transplant a Reality by Shelley Fraser Mickle – part biography, part history, fully enthralling, this story is unbelievable, particularly to me, someone who once wanted to be a research doctor working on the artificial organ project

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran – this is DEFINITELY my favorite book on the list – Phuc grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town as me and my mother was a teacher at his high school while he was there – his writing is SPECTACULAR and he’s scheduled for an event at the store in early May that I really, really hope we can still have during this unpredictable time
Master Class by Christina Dalcher – a fascinating new future dystopian novel based on events from American’s past, it’s particularly thrilling and terrifying, while also making one think long and hard about how society functions today
There I Am: The Journey to Hopelessness to Healing by Ruthie Lindsey – I’m starting to find myself drawn to memoirs of young women overcoming difficult circumstances and Ruthie’s memoir is particularly powerful
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd – a new historical fiction novel from a powerhouse author, Sue Monk Kidd travels back to biblical times in this moving book

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Empires of the Sky: Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men’s Epic Duel to Rule the World by Alexander Rose – the true story of the rise of the zeppelin in Europe and the airplane in America from the turn of the 20th century through WWII, it’s a great read for those who share my fascination in the early days of air travel
The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe – a contemporary coming of age novel set on the California coast and follows a young woman with Olympic aspirations who just wants to fit in
This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home by Lauren Sandler – written by a young journalist, it’s a profile of homeless new mother and how Lauren comes very close to breaking one of the cardinal rules of reporting – inserting herself into the story
Sea Wife by Amity Gaige – a recommendation from one of our sales reps who knows of my deep and abiding love for all things boats and planes, it’s a contemporary work of literary fiction

While I enjoy doing this monthly collection, I ultimately hope that it is helpful to you, dear readers! Are there any books that I didn’t include that you’re excited for this month?

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