Books coming out this week: "Emergency Contact," "Am I There Yet?" and more
Usually on Mondays, we feel an overwhelming sense of, well, Monday-ness. The weekend is over and it’s back to the grind. But today, we’re carrying our heads higher than normal for a Monday. We’re still feeling so inspired from the weekend’s March For Our Lives. The presence, power, and message of so many strong young people standing up for what’s right set a tone for the rest of the week, month, and year. It’s an important reminder that we can learn so much when we stop and listen to the stories of others. So when we looked at the books coming out this week, we were pleased to see so many memoirs on the list.
But first, here’s the latest from the HG Book Club. This week, we’re finishing up March’s pick, Mrs. by Caitlin Macy. And — you heard it here first — our April HG Book Club pick is Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay. So be sure to grab a copy, take a pic while you’re reading, and tag #HGBookClub on Instagram. It’s going to be a great month.
Here are 15 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss!
1Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, out March 27th
When Penny, a wannabe writer, and Sam, an aspiring filmmaker, meet in college, it’s not exactly a meet-cute. But awkwardness aside, they exchange digits and become friends. Soon, they share everything, holding nothing back — via text, of course, because it’s 2018. Emergency Contact is an exploration of modern-day communication against the backdrop of one of the most pivotal times in one’s life. And even if you graduated years ago, you’ll still definitely relate.
2Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew, out March 27th
Mari Andrew is one of our favorite people to follow on Instagram. Her doodles are heartwarmingly relatable, and her captions even more so. Which is why we’re thrilled that her first book of essays, Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood, is finally here. It’s filled with stories and illustrations about all the lessons she learned in her 20s. We can’t wait to have her wise words on our bookshelf.
3What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart, out March 27th
After a PR mishap, actor Charlie Outlaw flees to a remote tropical island in hopes of disappearing from the public eye. But when he winds up in danger, his ex, who is also an actress, must come to his rescue. Yes, it’s a love story about two TV actors. But it’s not your typical satirical Hollywood read. What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw is witty, humanizing, and vulnerable. You’ll love it whether or not you keep up with the Kardashians.
4Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser, out March 27th
We’re always on the lookout for the next big twisted domestic thriller. And Not That I Could Tell is one of the best coming out this spring. When a woman goes missing in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, her investigation reveals more questions than answers. Soon, everyone in the neighborhood must confront memories from their past and reexamine how well they really know each other.
5Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri, out March 27th
Jennifer Palmieri is the former Hillary Clinton Communications Director. And Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World is her letter to our future first female president. Palmieri draws from her experiences working with politicians like Clinton and Barack Obama to inspire, advise, and cheer on the next generation of female leaders.
6The Balcony by Jane Delury, out March 27th
One French estate, several generations. The Balcony tells the stories of the different groups of people who reside in a manor in a small village near Paris through the years. From the rose garden to the servants’ cottage, Jane Delury weaves relationships, regrets, and the lives of many into one beautiful story that spans a century.
7This Is Me by Chrissy Metz, out March 27th
Already having This Is Us withdrawals? Same. But Chrissy Metz has come to our rescue. Her memoir, This Is Me: How to Love the Person You Are Today, is here. And it’s a chance to get to know the actress behind adult Kate Pearson. Metz’s collection of essays will leave you feeling inspired to lead with love and pursue your dreams.
8Sociable by Rebecca Harrington, out March 27th
Sociable is a too-real look at what it’s like to work in digital media. Or really, to be a Millennial with a stronger grasp on what makes something go viral than being a “real” adult. You’ll read this painfully real, painfully funny book in one sitting.
9The Way the Light Bends by Cordelia Jensen, out March 27th
Linc is an aspiring photographer whose parents wish she’d focus on her studies instead of her art. It seems that they’re prouder of her sister, Holly, who was adopted from Ghana when she was a baby. To make them proud, Linic conceives a photo project based on Seneca Village, a village that once existed where Central Park now sits where people of all races once lived together in peace. But when she uncovers a dark family secret, she must choose between her art and her family.
10My Dead Parents: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn, out March 27th
After Anya Yurchyshyn’s mother passed, she returned to her childhood home to sort through her parents’ belongings. She found photos, letters, and documents that revealed a past she never knew about her alcoholic mother and her father who died mysteriously in the Ukraine. It’s a privilege to read along as Yurchyshyn gets to know a side of her parents that she never saw before. It’ll make you wonder what you don’t know about your own parents.
11I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman, out March 27th
From the author of If I Stay comes a new YA novel about running away and finding yourself. There’s Freya, who loses her voice while recording her first album. There’s Harun, plotting his escape. And there’s Nathaniel, who just arrived in NYC with only a backpack and a plan. An accident brings the three together, but helping each other becomes their only way out.
12Notes From a Public Typewriter edited by Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti, out March 27th
What if people could walk into a bookstore and type anything they wanted? When Michael Gustafson and his wife opened Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he decided to find out. So he set up a typewriter and let people speak their mind on paper. Five years later, Notes From a Public Typewriter is a collection of the thoughts, secrets, feelings, and declarations people have left behind.
13The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman, out March 27th
“A fanfic writer, a drummer, and an amateur taxidermist walk into a convention center…” If you’re not immediately hooked by that description — or the taxidermied critter on the cover — we don’t know what will catch your eye. The Pros of Cons is a delightfully fun read about three girls who form an unlikely friendship. Told in alternating perspectives, it’s sweet, supportive, and will totally satisfy your inner fangirl.
14Digging In by Loretta Nyhan, out April 1st
Paige has been sleepwalking through life since losing her husband, trying to keep it together for her teenage son. She finally takes control of her life in an unexpected way: by digging. Soon, Paige has plans to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. The greener her thumb gets, the happier she becomes.
15Feast by Hannah Howard, out April 1st
Feast is a delicious memoir unlike any other. Hannah Howard recounts her early years working in the food industry, sharpening her foodie palate, and attending Columbia. But despite learning everything she can in New York’s hottest Michelin-starred restaurants, she has a secret: She’s hiding an eating disorder. Through Feast: True Love in and Out of the Kitchen, Hannah learns to find the beauty not only in food but also in herself.