Elizabeth Entenman
April 15, 2019 7:00 am
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It looks like spring is finally here to stay, and I couldn’t be happier. No more mid-afternoon surprise snow storms for me, thank you very much. It’ll be beach read season before you know it, but until then, enjoy a brand-new book in the cool spring sunshine. The best new books coming out this week include a Man Booker Prize nominee, a thorough dissection of modern conspiracy theories, and a creative workbook from your favorite Instagram artist. Have at ’em.

1Normal People by Sally Rooney, out April 16th


Sally Rooney is sublime. I am forever in awe of her beautiful brain. Normal People, about the relationship between Connell and Marianne, is painfully real. Put this one at the very top of your reading list and clear your schedule, because it’s that good.

listheader nr=2]Getting There: A Workbook for Growing Up by Mari Andrew, out April 16th[/listheader]

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Every morning, writer and artist Mari Andrew’s Instagram posts make you feel seen in the depths of your soul. Now, thanks to her brand-new creative workbook, you can explore and reflect on moments—much like she does—that may just lead to creative greatness. Bonus: She’s also releasing Little Gestures: 50 Postcards for Every Occasion this week, so pick them up and send some love to your BFFs.

3Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg, out April 16th


If you’re stuck in a reading rut, Feast Your Eyes will snap you right out of it. It’s about a photographer, Lillian, who took controversial photos of her and her daughter Samantha decades ago. The novel, written from Samantha’s perspective after her mother’s death, is structured like a catalogue for an exhibit of Lillian’s work at the Museum of Modern Art.

4Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power by Anna Merlan, out April 16th


Have you ever wondered where conspiracy theories actually come from? From Birthers to Pizzagate, Republic of Lies examines the people who create conspiracy theories, how they go viral, and how they stick.

5The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian, out April 16th


This bold historical fiction novel follows Roxanne, a young woman who constantly defies the rules and makes a name for herself as a screenwriting agent in the 1950s. It’s the first great beach read of the season.