14 New Books This April That Are Anything But Foolish
It Would Be Foolish to Go A Month Without Reading These New April Books
Do you smell that? Pollen. It's everywhere. You're probably blowing your nose as you read this.
Lucky for us there are a plethora of new books hitting the shelves in the coming weeks. And wow, they are all good. Such include a story about a family that flees a politically corrupt country to try to find solace in America, to a hilarious take on the dysfunction a family can keep bringing to an adult life. Included below are a lot of books that'll lift your spirits, that'll breathe new life into you this spring.
1. I'm Writing You From Tehran
Author Delphine Minoui captures her time in Iran in I'm Writing You From Tehran and uses her memoir as a letter to her grandfather, detailing the love for her country. She weaves the implications of international affairs and strife with family identity and pride in a way that only a talented journalist could.
2. Beyond the Point
Beyond the Point follows Dani, Hannah, and Avery as they embark on a grueling journey within the walls of West Point. The girls must overcome their personal obstacles while maintaining honor for their country and the bond that brought them together. Author Claire Gibson draws from her experience with the Military Academy; her father was a professor, thus allowing Gibson to admire the strength of the women walking the halls.
3. Mother Is a Verb
Mother Is a Verb is a new take on motherhood-centric novels. Historian Sarah Knott details the history of motherhood and how it has changed over time within various cultures. Part historical interpretation, part memoir, Mother Is a Verb seeks answers that for most mothers might not have been readily available.
4. The Affairs of the Falcóns
Ana and Lucho Falcón flee unstable Peru with their young children to land in New York City. Being undocumented in a city like New York comes with extreme strife. Ana works for Mama, a loan shark who is relentless with the new family. The Affairs of the Falcóns is a poignant example of the lengths at which women go to for a better life for themselves and their loved ones.
5. I Miss You When I Blink
This title is so perfect, I wish I would've of conjured it up first. Mary Laura Philpott's I Miss You When I Blink will resonate with so many women who may have seemingly planned their lives out only to be met with "well, what now" smacking them in the face. When she completed the to-do list that she set out for her life, Philpott realized the success and happiness she found didn't rid her of this anxiousness she felt. In this funny and uplifting memoir-in-essays, you will catch yourself sighing with relief as you are not alone in this bizarre journey of life.
6. There's a Word for That
Marty Kessler the patriarch of the family is a retired film producer who has a fall from grace late in life, turning to opioids for support. His daughter Janine suffers from the aftermath of child stardom after seeing success very early in life. And lastly, Hailey, Marty's granddaughter, has lived in the shadow of her more successful twin and is grappling with the an inferiority complex. Then there's Bunny Small, Marty's first wife who fled to London. She's been hit with writer's block, but her debilitating drinking problem isn't helping her creativity either. When the family begins to spiral they all end up, miraculously, at the same rehabilitation center in Malibu, California. Reunions might not be smooth but the Kessler's come together in an effort to care for one another, and themselves.
7. They All Fall Down
If you're ready for the next best suspense thriller, Author Rachel Howzell Hall's They All Fall Down will satisfy fans of the genre. When Miriam Macy accepts a surprise invitation to sail to a private island off the coast of Mexico, she jumps at the chance. She quickly learns that the six strangers all have something in common; they all harbor a secret. Once inside the mansion, mysterious things start to occur and without cell reception or connection to the outside world, they are all truly alone.
8. The Lost History of Dreams
Fans of mystery beware, The Lost History of Dreams is an exciting, tangled story about life and death. Poet Hugh de Bonne dies suddenly of a heart attack and his cousin Robert Highstead is tasked with taking the remains to the family's chapel. Hugh de Bonne is to be buried on the moors of Shropshire inside the chapel he built years ago, the same chapel that houses the remains of his wife and muse, Ada. When Robert attempts to enter the chapel, Ada's inconsolable niece, Isabelle only allows entrance on the one condition that Robert must record the story of the ill-fated marriage of Ada and Hugh. The mystery between life and death, marriage and dying creates a gothic mystery for the ages.
9. Fame Adjacent
As a cast member of a popular '90s song-and-dance show, Holly Danner never got famous. The cast is coming together for a 25th anniversary showcase. The only problem? Holly's not invited. Instead of wallowing in her pain, Holly plans a road trip; she's set on crashing the special and setting the record straight. Fame Adjacent is a spectacular and realistic look at striving for what we know we deserve in life and career.
10. The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You
Searching for a little extra pep in your step? The SVP of Christie's, Lydia Fenet, shares her secrets to success including how her razor sharp sales approach will help you take command of any room you enter. Fenet will teach you how to negotiate instead of apologizing, perfecting your poker face, and encourage you to harness your power.
11. The Binding
Emmett Farmer is called to an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder, a skill that often arouses fear in his community. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, as the books hold power. Each forbidden book captures a memory. A binder can erase the past and the memories, painful or not, that come with it. The magic of the books and Emmett's talents go too far when he finds a binder with his name on it. Told in three parts, Emmett must solve the mystery of his past with characters from his present. Bridget Collins created the ultimate homage to books and the magical entities that come with reading them.
12. Under the Table
Zoey Sullivan flees to New York after a marriage gone wrong. With her sister Ruth along for the ride, the two leave their Midwestern roots for a new adventure. Without Derek in her ear, Zoey loves her new independence, one that allows her to do something she loves—cook. When Tristian Malloy, a shy millionaire bachelor befriends Zoey, she sees a makeover waiting to happen. But when reclusive computer programmer Tristan appears to be a handsome, sexy, and confident man, Zoey worries that her fun makeover might have emotional consequences. Under the Table will leave you wanting seconds and maybe even leftovers.
13. The Murmur of Bees
Published in English for the first time, The Murmur of Bees is an astonishing novel about the power of faith and love. When Simonopio is found covered in bees as an infant, Francisco and Beatriz Morales adopt him and bring love into his life. As he gets older, it is apparent that Simonopio is gifted. When he closes his eyes, he can see the future; both beautiful and dangerous. Protected by a swarm of bees, Simonopio tries to rid his adoptive family of threats but it soon becomes apparent that his purpose will be compromised.
14. Stone Mothers
Erin Kelly messes with your psyche once again with Stone Mothers. When 17-year-old Marianne fled her home in Nusstead, she left behind her family and a dark secret. With help from her then-boyfriend Jesse, they buried a body and secrets with it. Now, Marianne must return to help her dying mother, but Jesse isn't going to welcome her home. Marianne must hide a secret that could ruin everything and she might have to turn to her worst enemy for help. Luckily for Marianne, she isn't the only one with life-altering secrets.