There are four books being released today that pique my interest, and they are wildly different.
The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship by Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Donovan Brown
A non-fiction book about, you guessed, lady friendships! Being a History and Gender Studies double major, I enjoy a good book that combines gender/sexuality and historical perspectives. This one’s right in my wheelhouse, and I’m excited to read it this year!
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
I honestly don’t know about this book. It’s the one I’ll least likely read, but there are some elements that sound cool and in my wheelhouse: compelling heroine, dangerous travel narrative, somewhat earthy (but unusual) magic, and an interesting concept. Frankly, I’m putting this out there so someone else can read it and tell me if I should invest in another trilogy.
After the Parade: A Novel by Lori Ostlund
A bit of a wild card pick, but I’ve been enjoying slow, intimate narratives more. I get the impression this will remind me of The Art of Fielding, in the best way possible. Described as a “glorious new anthem for the outsider,” I’m excited to read Ostlund’s debut.
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
I’ve been looking forward to Okparanta’s novel since I first saw mention of it months ago in 2015 fiction preview post. Set during Nigeria’s civil war and aftermath and inspired by African folkloric traditions, this book explores the costs of being yourself and denying your identity.
I’m sure there are plenty of other books being published today, so don’t forget to post your favorite ones in the comments!