I’ll be honest, despite having this book blog and checking #bookstagram every day, I don’t always know about upcoming releases before the month starts — and then thanks to Book of The Month, I have five new books to look up and obsess over. This applies particularly to debut novels – for better or worse, I never really know about those. However next month THREE of my favorite authors have new books coming out and I’m excited to read all of them!
Calypso by David Sedaris
Release Date: May 29, 2018
David Sedaris is one of my favorite writers. He’s hilarious and inappropriate without being over the top. I love hearing his pieces on This American Life and reading all of his collections – Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. This new book is his first essay collection in five years and if it’s not a Book of the Month selection, I will definitely be purchasing this collection!
Synopsis from Goodreads: “If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong.
When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.
With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny-it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.
This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet-and it just might be his very best.”
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
Paula McLain’s first two books are some of those books, that get a reaction every time they are mentioned. “Oh I loved that one!” “One of my favorites ever!” are just a couple of the comments left anyime I post a photo of Circling the Sun on my instagram feed, and The Paris Wife, McLain’s first novel, gets the same reaction when I mention it too. When an author has two hits, you definitely want to pick up their third novel, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Love and Ruin!
Synopsis from Goodreads: “In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Ernest make their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that will force her to break his heart, and her own.”
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Ruth Ware is a magician. Each of her books creates so much suspense. The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark Dark Wood blew me away with how they made me feel. Her latest, The Lying Game made me feel in suspense, but in an entirely different way! I can’t wait to read her fourth (!!) book and see where she takes us this time!
Synopsis on Goodreads: “On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.
Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.”