Every year, I make the same resolution. No, it’s not to lose weight or go to the gym. Sometimes I DO resolve to eat healthier or exercise, but that’s not the resolution I’m talking about. Every year, I tell myself I’m going to read more. Less time on the Internet, more time with my books. And even though I’ve already got a never-ending TBR file, I’ve still been scoping out the upcoming releases to see if there’s anything I need to add.
Here are a few books I’ll be adding to my stack in 2015:
After Birth by Elisa Albert (February 17)
Author Elisa Albert takes an insightful look at the emotional struggles related to motherhood in her 2015 novel After Birth. It’s been described as terrifying and hilarious, taking a dark but humorous approach to the depression and bewilderment new mothers often feel.
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (April 21)
Toni Morrison has a new book coming out! There’s really not much more that needs to be said. But if you do need to know more before deciding if you want to read it or not, here you go. It’s about a woman named Bride, childhood trauma, relationships, and life-changing lies.
The First Bad Man by Miranda July (January 13)
At the center of July’s new novel is Cheryl Glickman, a woman working at a self-defense nonprofit organization. She’s described as being eccentric and tightly-wound, finding herself forced to go beyond her comfort zone when she meets Clee, a young woman who is pretty much her complete opposite. The phrase “infused with raging sexual obsession and fierce maternal love” really piqued my interest.
Binary Star by Sarah Gerard (available now)
Love stories aren’t usually my thing, but I do make exceptions. Binary Star tells the story of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her relationship with her anorexic boyfriend. The two of them think they’ve found the answer to their problems in veganarchism.
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum (March 17)
Using the German word for “housewife” as the title of her first novel, Essbaum explores the importance of sex, morality, and fidelity in marriage. Anna, the woman for whom the story is titled, looks for fulfillment after becoming bored with her life as a wife and mother living in the suburbs of Zurich.
Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby (February 3)
If you’re in the UK, you can already get your hands on a copy of Nick Hornby’s latest, Funny Girl. If you’re in the US, you’ll have to wait a few more weeks. I’m a big fan of Hornby, thanks to High Fidelity, so I’m expecting good things from this story about a young British sitcom star, Sophie Straw, rising to fame in 1960s London.
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman (available now)
We all know that history books often overlook women, leaving room only for those with the most extraordinary accomplishments. Almost Famous Women is a short story collection that pays tribute to those ladies who had only a brief brush with fame.
If you’ve got a recommendation, let us know in the comments! And if you’re a Goodreads user, feel free to vote on or add to this list of Persephone Magazine Anticipated Reads of 2015 on Goodreads.