What We’re Reading this Spring: New Book Releases

Top New Spring 2019 Books

Wondering what book to dive into next? These novels, memoirs, and creative nonfiction titles are all on our to-read list. From reflections on social issues and current events to thrillers and mysteries, there is something for everyone to look forward to reading with these new spring book releases.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden

Release Date: March 5, 2019

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T. Kira Madden

T Kira Madden is an essayist and the founding editor of No Tokens, a literary and art magazine. Her writing has been published by PEN America, LitHub, Medium, and others. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and runs writing programs for the homeless and formerly incarcerated.

Growing up queer and biracial in Boca Raton, FL was the inspiration behind her long-form debut. Kirkus called the book “a deeply courageous work that chronicles one artist’s jagged – and surprisingly beautiful – path to wholeness. Affecting, fearless, and unsparingly honest.”

Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution by Amber Tamblyn

Era of Ignition by Amber TamblynOne of the founders of the Time’s Up movement, Amber Tamblyn, got her start in Hollywood as an actor, but wanted to be a writer and director. Era of Ignition is about taking charge of your life and pursuing your goals, but also about the turmoil in Hollywood as the Me Too movement calls out actions of sexual assault and harassment that have been ignored for too long.

Tamblyn writes, “We are in an age when activism becomes direct action, when disagreement becomes dissention, when dissatisfaction becomes protest, when accusations become accountability, and when revolts become revolutions.”

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Release Date: March 5, 2019

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Written in the style of a celebrity tell-all, Taylor Jenkins Reid‘s sixth book delivers the story of one of the greatest 70s rock bands to ever exist – fictionally.

Daisy Jones & The Six reveals the cause of the band’s mysterious breakup, with lots of rock ‘n’ roll along the way. For fans of classic bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones and Queen, Daisy Jones & The Six offers both nostalgia and a compelling character-driven story.

Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia

Release Date: March 5, 2019

Sissy by Jacob Tobia

A memoir about growing up genderqueer in Raleigh, NC, Sissy looks back on author Jacob Tobia‘s life with humor and understanding. An LGBTQ equality advocate, Tobia has been named to the Biden Foundation’s Advisory Council for Advancing LGBTQ Equality and speaks to youth about gender and identity.

Jazz Jennings said of the memoir, “For any young person who’s currently struggling with their genderSissy will be a source of strength, power, and much-needed laughs. From start to finish, Sissy is the kind of book that the world needs more of.”

Mama’s Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions by Frans de Waal

Release Date: March 12, 2019

Mama's Last Hug by Frans De WaalThe video of biologist Jan van Hooff exchanging a last hug with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch he had known for years, before her death went viral instantly. Mama shows such happiness at seeing her old friend one last time – she lights up, smiling and running her hands over his hair in a comforting gesture.

This story and many others form the basis for bestselling author Frans de Waal‘s latest book on animal emotions. The primatologist has spent years researching animals and Mama’s Last Hug delves into their lives and explores a range of emotions we once thought unique to humans.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Release Date: March 26, 2019

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

A twist on the classic story of a marriage dissolving into boredom after kids and a move to the suburbs, My Lovely Wife is a thriller centered on a couple that decides to spice up their marriage by getting away with murder.

While the premise might sound far-fetched, Samantha Downing‘s first novel has received outstanding advance praise from outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, the Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly. In the same vein as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train, My Lovely Wife promises to be the next thriller all your friends are talking about.

Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger“In the first few months after Charlie died, I began hearing from her much more frequently” begins the narrator of Lost and Wanted.

A story of science and friendship, Lost and Wanted explores the way relationships – whether friendly, romantic, or paternal – impact our lives and drive our choices. Nell Freudenberger is the author of several other works including Lucky Girls, The Dissident, and The Newlyweds.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Release date: April 16, 2019

Normal People by Sally RooneyThe acclaimed author of Conversations with Friends returns with Normal People, which was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. The novel was originally published last year in Sally Rooney‘s native Ireland, but becomes available in the United States this spring. It was the winner of the Novel of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards, and is sure to receive even more acclaim.

Centering on two students at Trinity University in Dublin who have formed a friendship despite their extreme differences, Normal People examines relationships and the things that influence them – class, family, and time.

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer

Release Date: May 7, 2019

Rough Magic by Lara Prior Palmer

Horse riders train for years to compete in the Mongol Derby, a multi-day race that involves switching horses daily, crossing rivers and mountains, and enduring the elements. With no formal training and only nineteen years old, Lara Prior-Palmer decided to enter the race. Lara won, becoming the first woman and youngest ever contestant to do so.

Prior-Palmer’s memoir Rough Magic captures all the difficulties and surprises of competing in such a race, as well as the thrill of her victory.