I know it’s hard to believe with all the cold weather going around but springtime is almost here, and with it, a whole bunch of exciting new books! This list originally started with over one hundred books but I narrowed it down to the fifty-three most intriguing and interesting reads slated for release this spring. So pull up the Goodreads app on your phone and buckle up! (#1-28 are fiction. #29-53 are nonfiction.)
Note: The book synopses in this post are from Amazon.com. Most have been abbreviated to keep the total word count down to a reasonable level.
1. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
March 7 | Riverhead
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet–sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors–doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through…
March 7 | Spiegel & Grau
While her parents are away, a teenager finds herself home alone with no phone connection and news of an insurgency on the radio. Her teacher, who has been kidnapped by guerrillas, recites Shakespeare in the jungle to a class of sticks, leaves, and stones while his captors watch his every move. Another classmate, who has fled Colombia for the clubs of New York, is unable to forget the life she left behind without the help of the little bags of powder she carries with her. Taking place over two decades, The Lucky Ones presents us with a world in which perpetrators are indistinguishable from saviors and loved ones can disappear without a trace.
3. The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
March 14 | Putnam
In four years, aerospace giant Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen, Yoshihiro, and Sergei must prove they’re the crew for the historic voyage by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Constantly observed by Prime Space’s team of “Obbers,” the trio must appear ever in control. But as their surreal pantomime progresses, each soon realizes that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The borders between what is real and unreal begin to blur, and each astronaut is forced to confront demons past and present, even as they struggle to navigate their increasingly claustrophobic quarters–and each other.
4. White Tears by Hari Kunzru
March 14 | Knopf
Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America’s great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it’s a long lost 1920s blues recording by a musician called Charlie Shaw. When an old collector contacts them to say that their fake record and their fake bluesman are actually real, the two young white men, accompanied by Carter’s troubled sister Leonie, spiral down into the heart of the nation’s darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation.
March 21 | Scribner
Li-yan and her family align their lives around the the farming of tea. One day a jeep appears at the village gate and a stranger arrives. Li-yan translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket and abandons her in the nearest city. Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl but she wonders about her origins and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.
March 28 | William Morrow
Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives. As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart.
March 28 | Dial Press
Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel. Now that Loo’s a teenager, she encounters the mysteries of her parents’ lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body–each from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career. As Loo uncovers a history that’s darker than she could have known, the demons of her father’s past spill over into the present–and together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come.
8. American War by Omar El Akkad
April 4 | Knopf
Sarat Chestnut is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country.
April 4 | Riverhead
In “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In “Wild,” a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In “The Future Looks Good,” three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in “Light,” a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to “fix the equation of a person”–with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.
10. Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
April 4 | Del Rey
As a child, Rose made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day. Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers–and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot materializes and lashes out with deadly force. Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology.
April 4 | Pantheon
When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already overdue cookbook, he expects it to be the perfect escape from stressful city life. But when he arrives, things quickly take a turn for the worse. His hired car is nowhere to be found, and with no record of a reservation at the car-rental counter and no other cars available, it appears that Paul will be stuck at the airport–that is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative: a bulldozer. With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts, and so begins a series of laugh-out-loud adventures as he trundles through the Tuscan countryside.
April 4 | Ecco
JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he’s startled to find that the people he once knew have changed just as much as he has. JJ’s return–and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava–not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider the cards they’ve been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it.
13. Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner
April 11 | Touchstone
Leaving the safety of America, Teera returns to Cambodia for the first time since her harrowing escape as a child refugee. She carries a letter from a man who mysteriously signs himself as “the Old Musician” and claims to have known her father in the Khmer Rouge prison where he disappeared twenty-five years ago. Arriving in Phnom Penh, Teera soon she meets a young doctor who carries his own memories of that time. Meanwhile, the Old Musician anticipates the confession he must make. Together Teera and the Old Musician confront the truth of their intertwined past, weaving a melody that will leave both transformed.
14. All Passion Spent by Zahida Hina, Translated by Neelam Hussain
April 15 | Zubaan
In the mid-nineties, Birjees Dawar Ali returns to Pakistan to seek out a history left unfinished long ago–one from which, nursing heartbreak and betrayal, she had previously fled home to partitioned India. Will she find the family that so generously gave her succor, the home that became her own, and the unquestioning love she found there? Or will these certainties have crumbled with the march of history?
April 18 | Algonquin
When Noor returns to her native Iran for the first time in thirty years, so much about her homeland is different. But Café Leila–the restaurant Noor’s family has run for three generations–hasn’t changed. Zod, Noor’s father, is still at the café’s helm, a much-loved patriarch offering laughter, solace, and nourishment to the makeshift family of regulars and waiters who call Café Leila home. With her discontented, very American teenage daughter, Lily, reluctantly at her side, Noor struggles to maintain a semblance of family life. But Tehran is a place of contradictions, where grace and brutal violence both have a foothold, and it’s not long before rebellious Lily is caught up in both.
16. The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
April 18 | Knopf
In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed.
17. Underground Fugue by Margot Singer
April 18 | Melville House
It’s April and Esther has fled New York for London, partly to escape her failing marriage and partly to care for her dying mother, Lonia. Their lives soon become entwined with their next-door neighbors: Javad, an Iranian neuroscientist, and his college-aged son, Amir, who is drawn to the illicit exploration of the city’s forbidden spaces. As Esther settles into life in London, a friendship develops with Javad. But when terrorists attack the London transit system in July, the chaos that follows both fractures possibilities for the future, and reveals the deep fault lines of the past.
18. The Ship by Antonia Honeywell
April 25 | Orbit
Lalla has grown up sheltered from the chaos amid the ruins of civilization. But things are getting more dangerous outside. People are killing each other for husks of bread, and the police are detaining anyone without an identification card. On her sixteenth birthday, Lalla’s father decides it’s time to use their escape route–a ship he’s built that is only big enough to save five hundred people. But the utopia her father has created isn’t everything it appears. There’s more food than anyone can eat, but nothing grows; more clothes than anyone can wear, but no way to mend them; and no-one can tell her where they are going.
19. I Found You by Lisa Jewell
April 25 | Atria
In a British seaside town, Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks when her new husband fails to come home from work one night. The police tell her that he never existed. Twenty-three years earlier, teenagers Gray and Kirsty are on summer holiday when an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable–and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.
20. Burn Town by Jennifer McMahon
April 25 | Doubleday
Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it’s known as “Burntown.” Necco has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father, Miles, drowned in a flood that left her and her mother, Lily, homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an inventor of a machine so secret that the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison’s workshop. According to Lily, it’s this machine that got Miles murdered. When Lily dies under mysterious circumstances, Necco is convinced her mother was right.
21. The Boy in the Earth by Fuminori Nakamura, Translated by Allison Markin Powell
April 25 | Soho Crime
As an unnamed Tokyo taxi driver works a night shift, picking up fares that offer him glimpses into the lives of ordinary people, he can’t escape his own nihilistic thoughts. Almost without meaning to, he puts himself in harm’s way; he can’t stop daydreaming of suicide, envisioning himself returning to the earth in obsessive fantasies that soon become terrifying blackout episodes. The truth is, his long-estranged father has tried to reach out to him, triggering a cascade of traumatic memories. As the cab driver wrestles with the grim truth about his past, he also confronts his real-world responsibilities–his girlfriend’s alcoholism and unhappiness over her own sad past.
April 25 | Random House
Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.
23. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
May 2 | Riverhead
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from–a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
24. The Leavers by Lisa Ko
May 2 | Algonquin
One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.
25. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami, Translated by Philip Gabriel & Ted Goossen
May 9 | Knopf
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.
26. New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
May 16 | Hogarth
Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day–so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players–teachers and pupils alike–will never be the same again.
27. Chemistry by Weike Wang
May 23 | Knopf
Three years into her graduate studies, the unnamed narrator of this debut finds her love for chemistry is more hypothesis than reality. She’s tormented by her failed research–and reminded of her delays by her peers, her advisor, and most of all by her Chinese parents. But there’s another, nonscientific question looming: the marriage proposal from her devoted boyfriend, with whom she can’t make a life before finding success on her own. Eventually, the pressure mounts so high that she must leave everything she thought she knew about her future, and herself, behind. And for the first time, she’s confronted with a question she won’t find the answer to in a textbook: What do I really want?
28. The Reminders by Val Emmich
May 30 | Little, Brown, & Co.
Grief-stricken over his partner’s death, Gavin Winters sets fire to every physical reminder in the couple’s home. A neighbor captures the ordeal on video, turning this unsung TV actor into a household name. Now Gavin is fleeing the hysteria of Los Angeles for New Jersey, hoping to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan, the family’s ten-year-old daughter, who has the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. Joan knew his partner, Sydney, so Gavin strikes a deal with her: in return for sharing her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help Joan win a local songwriting contest she’s convinced could make her unforgettable.The 53 Most Anticipated Books Coming in Spring 2017Click To Tweet
March 1 | Oxford University Press
Widely acknowledged as one of the most important English writers of the last century, Angela Carter’s work stands out for its bawdiness and linguistic zest, its hospitality to the fantastical and the absurd, and its extraordinary inventiveness and range. This is the story of how Angela Carter invented herself–as a new kind of woman and a new kind of writer–and how she came to write such seductive and distinctive masterworks as The Bloody Chamber, Nights at the Circus, and Wise Children.
March 7 | Knopf
A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response. Here are fifteen suggestions for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century.
31. Irresistible by Adam Alter
March 7 | Penguin Press
Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction–an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over emails, Instagram likes, and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes; and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones. In this book, Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, tracks the rise of behavioral addiction, and explains why so many of today’s products are irresistible. By reverse engineering behavioral addiction, Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good and mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being, and the health and happiness of our children.
32. We by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel
March 7 | Atria
We is a rallying cry for women to join together and create lasting change in our own lives, our communities, and across the world. By combining tools that are psychological, political and spiritual, We takes readers on a life-changing journey. It asks: Why are so many of us–and our daughters–still, in the 21st century, locked in depression and addiction, self-criticism, and even self-harm? How much more effective and powerful would we all be if we replaced our current patterns of competition, criticism, and comparison with collaboration, cooperation, and compassion.
33. Madame President by Helene Cooper
March 7 | Simon & Schuster
When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2005 Liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier few thought possible, obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa’s history. Madame President is the story of Sirleaf’s evolution from an ordinary Liberian mother of four boys to international banking executive, from a victim of domestic violence to a political icon, from a post-war president to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
34. South and West by Joan Didion
March 7 | Knopf
Joan Didion has always kept notebooks–and here is one such notebook that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through. And from a different notebook: the “California Notes” that began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, and her own upbringing in Sacramento.
March 7 | Knopf
In 1986, a shy, intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a detailed account of his secluded life–why did he leave? what did he learn?–as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world.
March 7 | Bloomsbury
At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel walked out his back door with a backpack, an audio recorder, and a sign that read “Walking to Listen.” He had just graduated from college and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn’t know how. So he decided he’d walk. And listen. Walking toward the Pacific, he encountered incredible kindness from strangers. Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices, too. Often he didn’t know how to respond. How to find unity in diversity? How to stay connected, even as fear works to tear us apart? He listened for answers to these questions and began to find that the answer might be in listening itself.
37. Wild Nights by Benjamin Reiss
March 7 | Basic Books
Today we define a good night’s sleep very narrowly: eight hours in one shot, sealed off in private bedrooms, children apart from parents. But for most of human history, practically no one slept this way. Tracing sleep’s transformation since the dawn of the industrial age, Reiss weaves together insights from literature, social, and medical history, and cutting-edge science to show how and why we have tried and failed to tame sleep. He leads readers from bedrooms and laboratories to factories and battlefields, telling the stories of troubled sleepers, hibernating peasants, sleepwalking preachers, slaves who led nighttime uprisings, and spectacularly frazzled parents.
March 7 | Haymarket
In this follow-up to her national bestseller Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit offers sharp commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more.
March 14 | Riverhead
Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a rich community of knowledge. The communal nature of intelligence explains why we often assume we know more than we really do and why false beliefs are so hard to change. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things. This book contends that true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the world around us.
40. Born Both by Hida Viloria
March 14 | Hachette
My name is Hida Viloria. I was raised as a girl but discovered at a young age that my body looked different. It wasn’t until I was twenty-six and encountered the term intersex that I finally had a name for my difference. That’s when I began to explore what it means to live in the space between genders. When I finally found an intersex community to connect with I was shocked to learn that most of the people I met had been scarred by infant surgeries meant to “correct” their bodies. Realizing that the invisibility of intersex people in society facilitated these practices, I made it my mission to bring an end to it.
41. All These Wonders, Edited by Catherine Burns
March 21 | Crown Archetype
Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new. Alongside Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, John Turturro, and Meg Wolitzer, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder,” a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II, and more. High-school student and neuroscientist alike, the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory–and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there.
March 21 | W. W. Norton
Appointed to conquer the “crime capital of the world,” the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. The fearless La Reynie pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the city. He unearths a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade priests. As he exposes their unholy work, he soon learns that no one is safe from black magic–not even the Sun King. As La Reynie continues his investigations, he is haunted by a single question: Could Louis’s mistresses could be involved in such nefarious plots? The pragmatic and principled La Reynie must decide just how far he will go to protect his king.
43. Carnivore Minds by G. A. Bradshaw
March 28 | Yale University Press
Myth and media typically cast animals we consider predators as unthinking killers but is this portrait valid? By exploring their inner lives, this book refutes the many misperceptions that hide the true nature of these animals. Bradshaw describes how predators share the rainbow of emotions that humans experience, including psychological trauma. Renowned for leading research on PTSD in elephants, Bradshaw decries the irrational thinking behind wildlife policies that equate killing carnivores with “conservation.” In its place, she proposes a new, ethical approach to coexistence with the planet’s fiercest animals.
April 4 | W. W. Norton
The human brain, Buonomano argues, is a complex system that not only tells time but creates it; it constructs our sense of chronological flow and enables “mental time travel”–simulations of future and past events. He illuminates such concepts as consciousness, spacetime, and relativity while addressing profound questions that have long occupied scientists and philosophers alike: What is time? Is our sense of time’s passage an illusion? Does free will exist, or is the future predetermined? In pursuing the answers, Buonomano reveals as much about the fascinating architecture of the human brain as he does about the intricacies of time itself.
45. Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott
April 4 | Riverhead
In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” It’s up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere–“within us and outside us, all around us”–and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult to do, Lamott argues that it’s crucial, as “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.”
46. Protestants by Alec Ryrie
April 4 | Viking
Five hundred years ago an obscure monk challenged the authority of the pope with a radical vision of what Christianity could be. The revolution he set in motion inspired one of the most creative and destructive movements in human history. It has toppled governments, upended social norms, and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God. In this global history that charts five centuries of innovation and change, Alec Ryrie makes the case that Protestants made the modern world.
April 4 | Ten Speed Press
In the past, amazing and strange animals roamed the earth, including giant sea scorpions, tiny horses, enormous sloths, and fierce “terror birds.” These and many more fantastic extinct animals are illustrated in this whimsical collection by Swedish artist Maja Säfström.
48. Beauty Sick by Renee Engeln, PhD
April 18 | Harper
In Beauty Sick, Dr. Renee Engeln reveals the shocking consequences of our obsession with girls’ appearance on their emotional and physical health and their wallets and ambitions, including depression, eating disorders, and lost money and time. Combining scientific studies with the voices of real women of all ages, she makes clear that to truly fulfill their potential, we must break free from cultural forces that feed destructive desires, attitudes, and words. She provides inspiration and workable solutions to help girls and women overcome negative attitudes and embrace their whole selves, to transform their lives, claim the futures they deserve, and, ultimately, change their world.
April 18 | RosettaBooks
Dawit fled his homeland of Eritrea as a teenager. Without their parents or documents to help their passage, they experienced the abuse and neglect known by so many refugees around the world. But Dawit refused to give up. Journeying to the United States under asylum, Dawit studied hard and was accepted to Johns Hopkins University, eventually landing a job as a software engineer at Bloomberg. After a few years, Dawit returned to his homeland to offer business opportunities for other Eritreans. Gratitude in Low Voices is about how one man was marginalized but how compassion and love never abandoned him. It’s about learning how to honor those who help the helpless.
April 18 | Simon & Schuster
Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American. The American Spirit reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background.
May 2 | W. W. Norton
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? Today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly in chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes and from quarks to quantum mechanics.
52. How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta
May 16 | Katherine Tegen
Sandra was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, the rebel didn’t pull the trigger and Sandra escaped. With no home and no money, she and her surviving family members struggled to stay alive. Eventually they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. In this memoir, Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people.
May 23 | Rodale
Science journalist Julie Rehmeyer was so sick she sometimes couldn’t turn over in bed. The top specialists in the world were powerless to help and research on her disease was at a near standstill. She was running out of money and she was all alone. Having exhausted the plausible ideas, Rehmeyer turned to an implausible one. Leaving behind everything she owned, she drove into the desert, testing the theory that mold in her home was making her sick. She used her scientific savvy and investigative journalism skills to find a path to wellness–and uncovered how shocking scientific neglect and misconduct had forced her, and millions of others, to go it alone.
Which books are you most looking forward to this spring?