Books coming out this week: "How to Stop Time," "Heart Berries," and more
Is it just us, or does it feel like this week is already 100 years long? In just 24 hours, we’ve processed enough news and felt enough feelings to last us the rest of February. Kylie Jenner surprised us with nine whole months of pregnancy secrets. A Prince projection sang during the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show. And This Is Us aired THE episode of all episodes, finally answering all of our questions about Jack’s death. So yeah. It might be Monday, but it feels like this week started six lifetimes ago. But, because it’s Monday, there’s still one very important topic to cover: the books coming out this week.
As usual, there are tons of incredible books coming out this week. It’s an especially great week for nonfiction and memoir fans. But you’ll find plenty of fiction reads on our list of releases too. Speaking of books, have you heard about the HelloGiggles Book Club? We’re reading Red Clocks by Leni Zumas in February. So be sure to pick up a copy, take a selfie while you’re reading, and tag #HGbookclub on Instagram. And while you’re at it, here are 24 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss either!
1How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, out February 6th
On the outside, Tom Hazard looks like a regular 41-year-old man. But thanks to a rare condition, he’s been alive for hundreds of years. He’s witnessed some of the most important events in history, all while just trying to remain anonymous and not fall in love with anybody. Until he meets someone who makes him question his self-imposed rules. We’ve been talking about How to Stop Time for a while, and it’s finally hitting shelves in the U.S. this week. And remember: Benedict Cumberbatch already scooped up the film rights for this one!
2Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Mailhot, out February 6th
Loss, grief, suffering, mental illness, motherhood — no topic is off limits for Terese Mailhot. Her poetic memoir is painfully straight to the point — in the best way possible. It’s a pleasure to read along as she takes control of her life and finds her voice.
3Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin, out February 6th
Back Talk offers a look at the unexpressed emotions women experience every day. Through 16 affecting short stories, Danielle Lazarin delivers a powerful look at the moments that define relationships. It’s a phenomenal debut.
4Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith, out February 6th
We would read anything that Zadie Smith wrote. Anything. And we’re thrilled about her new collection of essays, tackling everything from global warming to libraries to Facebook.
5An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, out February 6th
Just as Celestial and Roy settled into their marriage, Roy was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s released after five years and returns home to pick up where things left off. But is it that easy? We don’t want to say too much more because An American Marriage is one of those books that’s best left for you to discover yourself.
6Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, out February 6th
Zebra is a 22-year-old who has lost both of her parents. In an attempt to reconnect with her family history, she sets out on a reverse pilgrimage to revisit some of the places they’ve lived, accompanied by her family treasures and a love of literature. Call Me Zebra is a must-read for book lovers.
7I’ve Got This Round by Mamrie Hart, out February 6th
It’s almost unfair how funny Mamrie Hart is. Her second book is overflowing with stories that will make you LOL (she went on the Backstreet Boys cruise, y’all). I’ve Got This Round: More Tales of Debauchery is brimming with laughs, love, sass, friendships, life lessons, adventure, and a whole lot of heart. You’re our spirit animal, Mametown. Never change.
8The Friend by Sigrid Nunez, out February 6th
When a woman loses her best friend to suicide, she inherits Apollo, his Great Dane. As they form a bond she comes to terms with her grief, dedicating herself more and more to taking care of him.
9The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust by Laura Smith, out February 6th
As Laura’s wedding approached, she felt trapped by the idea of too traditional a life. She was intrigued by the story of Barbara Follet, a woman who walked out on her own marriage and was never heard from again. So Laura took it upon herself to solve the mystery, hoping to find answers about her own life too. And thus The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir was born. It’s a captivating read for everyone who has ever wondered what would happen if you could simply start over.
10The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith, out February 6th
In this YA novel about domestic abuse, Brooke’s world is turned upside down when her mother is arrested for killing her abusive father. The Last to Let Go highlights both the physical and mental ramifications of domestic violence. It’s an important read just in time for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
11Everything Happens For a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler, out February 6th
Kate Bowler is a young woman with Stage IV colon cancer. Her memoir tells the story of how she navigated her diagnosis. She explores faith, suffering, control, and sickness — and does it with fiercely courageous optimism.
12Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday, out February 6th
Asymmetry is a novel told in three parts. Though it is a work of fiction, it offers a clever commentary about writing itself.
13Only Child by Rhiannon Navin, out February 6th
Only Child is told from the perspective of Zach, a six-year-old boy, in the aftermath of a school shooting. While he survives, his older brother Andy does not. The book explores the toll it takes on his family and how Zach makes sense of his feelings. If you enjoyed Emma Donoghue’s Room, read Only Child next.
14I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell, out February 6th
February is a great month for memoirs, and I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death is one of the most important ones. In a series of essays, Maggie O’Farrell details her near-death experiences and stories of harassment. In the age of #TimesUp and #MeToo, everyone should give her words a read.
15Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, out February 6th
Next Year in Havana is a historical fiction novel with a deeply personal twist. Much like her character Marisol, author Chanel Cleeton’s grandparents fled Cuba and sought refuge in the U.S., and this is her love letter to the country her family still can’t return to. Don’t miss this smart, moving, and romantic story.
16A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, out February 6th
This is the true story of Marie, a teenager charged with lying about being raped. A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America shines a light on how poorly sexual assault is investigated and how skeptical many are of rape victims. It’s equally riveting and disturbing.
17Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon, out February 6th
When Lu accidentally photographs her neighbor’s son falling to his death, she has a choice to make. Should she show the picture and jumpstart her struggling career, or protect her friendship with her neighbor? Self-Portrait with Boy is a beautifully complicated and emotional debut.
18She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop, out February 6th
When Laila discovers some extended family members she didn’t know she had, she learns something: There’s family money at stake that she didn’t know she had either. And she wants in. She Regrets Nothing is an addicting story about family, greed, blackmail, New York, you name it. Oh, and drama. There’s plenty of drama.
19Homey Don’t Play That! by David Peisner, out February 6th
When In Living Color debuted in 1990, it celebrated Black culture in a way that no TV show had ever done before. This new collection of interviews and stories will take you deep behind the scenes of the show. Homey Don’t Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution is essential reading for TV, comedy, and culture lovers.
20The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, out February 6th
February is also a great month for historical fiction, and you don’t want to miss The Great Alone. Set in 1947, it follows Cora, Ernt, and their daughter Leni, a family of three that uprooted their lives to start over in Alaska. Ernt, a Vietnam veteran scarred by the war, is unprepared but determined to help his family survive in their new surroundings.
21Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer, out February 6th
“Text me when you get home.” At this point, the phrase flows naturally out of our mouths. It’s simply what you say to your friends at the end of the night. And if you think about it, the phrase perfectly sums up modern female friendship. Because female friendship is changing; we’re seeking more empowering relationships and speaking out against cultural norms. And Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship is a fascinating study about those changes.
22The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara, out February 6th
It’s 1980 in New York, and 17-year-old Angel is new to the city’s underground drag ball culture. This fictional account of the House of Xtravaganza, the first Latinx house in the Harlem scene, is energetic, fierce, and heartbreaking.
23Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi, out February 6th
Sara Saedi was 13 when she learned that she was an undocumented immigrant. Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card tells the true story of her teen years and how she got her green card. Yes, she was scared of being deported. But she also worried about the things that every teenager fears: getting her license and finding a date to the prom. Stories like Sara’s are more important than ever now.
24The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook, out February 6th
When faced with a savage panther, Samantha’s mother sacrifices herself to save her daughter’s life. And Samantha makes it her mission to find and kill the beast. The Which Way Tree is adventurous, suspenseful, and charming. Robert Duvall already optioned the book into a film, so yeah, you’re going to want to read this one.