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Eleven new books you should definitely read this month

Books to read in April

Spring has sprung and with it comes a packed list of new books that beg to be read in the wild outdoors, with an iced tea in hand while basking in pure sunlight.

From a hilarious collection of dating stories by New York Post columnist Mandy Stadtmiller to the much-anticipated James Comey memoir, here are eleven books that you should crack open this month. 

America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo (drops April 3)


America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo





Castillo's debut novel explores the immigrant experience from the Philippines to the United States through the eyes of three generations of women.

Unwifeable by Mandy Stadtmiller (drops April 3)


Unwifeable by Mandy Stadtmiller





Stadtmiller, the New York Post columnist, chronicles her at-times hilarious and always relatable dating stories in this new memoir.

The Recovering by Leslie Jamison (drop April 3)


The Recovering by Leslie Jamison





Part memoir, part reported feature and part literary criticism, this work by the author of The Empathy Exams seeks to analyze addiction in novel ways. The author presents her own battle with recovery and also dissects other artists' relationship with alcoholism and substance dependence (think David Foster Wallace, Billie Holiday and others).

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (drops April 3)


The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer


The much-anticipated followup to The Interestings centers around Greer, a college freshman who seems to have it all and rejoices at the chance of working alongside Faith Frank, an icon of the women's rights movement, until she starts looking at her life from a different perspective. 

Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley (drops April 3)


Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley





Crosley uses her renowned sense of wit and humor when penning these essays about the absurdity of the everyday. From reporting on her arguments with the person who holds her domain name hostage to discussions about femininity and motherhood, the humorist offers us a must-read once more.

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (drops April 3)


The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy





A staff writer at The New Yorker, Levy discusses the details of her horrific miscarriage and chronicles the following journey to self-discovery.

Circe by Madeline Miller (drops April 10)


Circe by Madeline Miller





Miller's novel retells the Greek myth of Circe, the sorceress known in Homer's The Odyssey for turning men into pigs.

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey (drops April 17)


A Higher Loyalty by James Comey





The former FBI director puts his never-before-revealed stories in writing, discussing his two-decades-long career and touching upon his experience prosecuting the Mafia and overseeing the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

The Elizas by Sara Shepard (drops April 17)


The Elizas by Sara Shepard





The Pretty Little Liars author delves into adult fiction with this murder mystery centered around Eliza, a novelist whose attempted murder readily resembles her own fiction. 

Brown by Kevin Young (drops April 17) 


Brown by Kevin Young





The new poetry editor of The New Yorker analyzes all aspects of brownness in this collection of 32 poems.

You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld (drops April 24)

You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld


The bestselling author of Prep pens this collection of ten short stories that deal with relationships, politics, class and more.