Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Spring Previews for the best books coming out this season.
For readers who love linked short stories, look no further than Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan. Here, readers will meet a host of characters all working in the United Arab Emirates, a country where more than three quarters of the population is made up of foreign nationals. Unnikrishnan’s characters do not have citizenship; rather, they are what are known as “guest workers.” Their jobs are grueling and often quite dangerous, and their accommodations are the opposite of glamorous. Readers will be fascinated and troubled by these gripping stories.
You probably recognize Rebecca Solnit’s name from her book Men Explain Things to Me. Now, she’s back with a book of essays that take on a range of topics related to gender and feminism. Readers who love thoughtful commentary on the patriarchy and the ways in which it affects everyone will be utterly spellbound by Solnit’s keen analysis. It is Women’s History Month, after all, so there is no better time to think critically about feminism’s history and its future.
Meredith Oliver’s life changed forever one day in eighth grade. On that fateful day, a man with a gun came into the store where she was, and demanded that everyone get on the ground. Meredith obeyed, and lay down near the girl she least wanted to be near: Lisa Bellow. Then, the man decided to take Lisa with him. Meredith and Lisa weren’t close, but Meredith never wanted her to be taken. For readers who enjoy examining the emotional and psychological ramifications of a single act, this is the book to pick up this week.
Kathy Hepinstall’s coming-of-age novel follows 10-year-old Willow Havens as she attempts to learn more about her mother’s past. Willow’s mother is Polly, a tough-as-nails Southern woman who drinks, shoots any creature bold enough to get near her garden, and stands out among the quieter moms in their Texas town. Willow doesn’t know much about 68-year-old Polly’s past, just that she left her hometown of Louisiana 50 years earlier and never looked back, but she’s determined to find out more. She also knows that Polly’s family is plagued by cancer, and Willow fears that it’s only a matter of time before it catches up with Polly.
If you’ve been waiting breathlessly for the final installment in Charlie Fletcher’s Oversight trilogy, then you can finally exhale. It’s here. In this long-awaited finale, the Oversight of London (a secret society) is still on the job keeping the supernatural world from destroying the natural one and vice versa. But the Oversight will face challenges it never could have imagined, lose its headquarters, and struggle with internal divisions. Will the Oversight be able to unite and prevent a catastrophe? You’ll have to read to find out.
M.T. Anderson’s graphic novel takes its inspiration from a 12th century epic poem by Chrétien de Troyes. Illustrated by Andrea Offermann, this book follows Sir Yvain, a knight who is banished after betraying his wife, Laudine. Desperate for both glory and forgiveness, he vows to do whatever it takes to win his lady back. There are vivid battles, dangerous dragons, and nonstop thrills. If Arthurian legends are your thing, you won’t want to miss this.
Middle school changes everything. Amina, a Pakistani-American Muslim girl, is shocked when her best friend, Soojin, starts off the new school year by hanging out with the popular crowd and talking about changing her name. It makes Amina wonder if fitting in means changing who you are. If so, does Amina really want to sacrifice parts of herself just to be accepted? As Amina struggles with these challenges, the Islamic Center, where she attends Sunday school every week, is vandalized. Hena Khan’s thoughtful middle grade novel is the first in a new Muslim imprint from Simon & Schuster.
Young readers with vivid imaginations will love this graphic novel by Lorena Alvarez Gomez. It tells the story of a young girl named Sandy who spends her school days drawing the incredible creatures that she dreams of each night. When a new girl arrives at school and shows interest in Sandy and her drawings, Sandy is ecstatic to make a friend who she can share her ideas with. But things take a dark turn when the new girl suddenly appears in her dreams and tries to steal Sandy’s creatures from her.