Phew. We did it, everyone. We made it through another awards show season. For the last two months, Sunday nights were synonymous with red carpet fashion reports, exciting wins, surprising upsets, passionate acceptance speeches, and musical performances. And of course, we can’t forget about the moments in between the moments. Remember when Blue Ivy shamed Beyoncé and Jay-Z for clapping at the 2018 Grammys? Instantly iconic. Or when Rita Moreno wore the same dress to the 2018 Oscars that she wore to the 1962 ceremony? Legends only. Now that we have our Sunday nights back, we can catch up on some reading. And if you’re looking for a new title, you’re in luck, because there are a lot of great books coming out this week.
Now that it’s March, we have a new HG Book Club pick too. You voted, and this month, we’re so excited to be reading Mrs. by Caitlin Macy! Grab a copy to start reading along with us and keep an eye on our Instagram for discussion questions. Take a pic while you read and tag #HGbookclub on Instagram so we can see.
Here are 19 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss!
1Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride, out March 6th
Sarah McBride is a prominent activist for LGBTQ rights and the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. But before that, she was a teenager struggling to figure out who she was. Her incredibly powerful memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality, is her story.
2Census by Jesse Ball, out March 6th
When a man receives a diagnosis that he doesn’t have much longer to live, he embarks on a journey with his son, an adult with Down syndrome. The man registers as a census taker and together, they drive through the towns named alphabetically from A to Z. It’s an emotional book that honors Jesse Ball’s own brother, who had Down syndrome and passed away 20 years ago.
3The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea, out March 6th
We have a lot of love for this Mexican-American immigrant story. Miguel, a.k.a Big Angel, is the patriarch of his big family. He’s nearing the end of his life and wants to spend one last birthday with everyone together. But then, his mother dies. Everyone gathers for one last celebration of life in this beautiful and heartbreaking family story.
4Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade, out March 6th
If you follow Cleo Wade on Instagram, you’re familiar with her handwritten notes and affirmations of choosing love. Now, she’s collected her notes, wisdom, and poetry into print. Heart Talk is filled with the words that you need to hear most. From gentle reminders like “complaints have no magic” to actionable suggestions like “move beyond tolerance,” Cleo’s is the positive voice that will help you stay the course and keep choosing love.
5The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, out March 6th
National Poetry Slam Champion Elizabeth Acevedo brings her love of the spoken word to YA. The Poet X tells the story of Xiomara, a teen who discovers the art form as a way to better understand her feelings and the world around her. You’ll devour it in one sitting, then flip back to the beginning and start again.
6The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk, out March 6th
Autumn, Shay, and Logan are three friends who each experience a great tragedy. Told in alternating perspectives, The Beauty That Remains is a breathtaking YA read about life, death, grieving, and healing.
7Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman, out March 6th
No really, ask her about it. Abby Norman’s memoir tells the story of her painful years-long journey to learning that she has endometriosis. Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain is coming at a critical time. We need doctors to stop dismissing women’s pain and start recognizing women’s health issues.
8Gun Love by Jennifer Clement, out March 6th
As the national conversation around gun violence continues, Jennifer Clement’s Gun Love comes at an important time. It tells the story of a mother and a daughter who live in a broken-down car on the outskirts of a trailer park in Florida, where guns are everywhere. But when the daughter is given a gun of her own, a story of violence unfolds through the eyes of a teen. In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, it’s an especially important and meaningful read.
9All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church, out March 6th
Ruby is a Las Vegas showgirl performing all over the strip. But underneath the rhinestones, feathers, glitz, and glamour is a girl named Lily struggling to find love and her place in the world. All the Beautiful Girls is a historical fiction novel set in the ‘60s that shows that even the most beautiful people lead messy lives.
10Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman, out March 6th
Speaking of all the beautiful girls, The Bachelor franchise has been on the air since 2002. And this is the first real deep-dive that viewers can get to what REALLY goes on behind the scenes. (Unfortunately, UnREAL doesn’t count.) Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure is well-researched with interviews from constantans, producers, and fans. If you’re a Bachelor lover, don’t rest until you uncover all of the secrets in this gem.
11Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith, out March 6th
Evi loses her husband Eamon, a cop, just days before giving birth to their son. Her husband’s adopted brother, Dalton, moves in to help her raise the baby. Whiskey & Ribbons is told in three distinct voices: Evi’s in the present, Eamon’s just before his death, and Damon’s as he decides to find his biological father. It’s a beautiful, complicated story about motherhood, fatherhood, and brotherhood.
12Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough, out March 6th
Blood Water Paint is a YA historical fiction novel based on the true story of painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Gentileschi was one of Rome’s most gifted painters in the 1600s. She was raped by one of her teachers at age 17, and had to make a choice: stay silent and keep painting, or tell the truth and risk losing it all? Though Blood Water Paint exists in the past, its story is still tragically relevant today.
13The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont, out March 6th
Who is your feminist saint? From Maya Angelou to Mae West, this beautifully illustrated collection offers daily inspiration and humorous anecdotes to remind you why we worship these women so.
14Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, out March 6th
Ever heard of the “cozy mystery” genre? It’s exactly what it sounds like — a whodunit with a quirky cast of characters. And in this book, Auntie Poldi has retired to Sicily to drink wine and relax. But when her handyman is found dead, she can’t help but get involved. Classic Auntie Poldi.
15In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira, out March 6th
In Search of Us is a sweet mother-daughter story about being 17 years old. Marilyn looks back on falling in love at age 17, while her daughter Angie, 17 in the present day, is searching for her father. It’ll give you serious Mamma Mia! vibes.
16The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss, out March 6th
There’s a lot more to the suffragists than we learned in history class. The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote tells the untold stories of the road to ratifying the 19th amendment. Even the most informed feminists will learn a thing or two.
17Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala, out March 6th
From the author of Beasts of No Nation comes Speak No Evil. It tells the story of Niru, the son of an upper-class family, whose father accidentally finds out that he’s gay. It’s short, but packs a serious punch.
18Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan, out March 6th
Rainbirds tells the story of Ren, a man who learns that his sister Keiko has been stabbed. When he travels to her small town in Japan to tie up her affairs, he ends up staying. As Ren gets to know the people in the town, he begins piecing together what really happened to Keiko that night.
19Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon by Iris Apfel, out March 6th
Iris Apfel is unapologetically herself from head to toe. And Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon is filled with illustrations of her observations on fashion, life, and beyond. She’s a true original, and she shines on every page.