10 April New Releases To Put On Hold at the Library Right Now

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Liberty Hardy

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Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her three cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, in Maine. She is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Twitter: @MissLiberty

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There are so many great books being released, all the time. How to choose? And the lists! Library hold lists are so lonnnnnnng. As the late, great Tom Petty sang, “the waiting is the hardest part.” I’ve got the cure for the common hold: Here are ten books of note coming out in April to help you get a jump on that long library hold list.

Dread Nation by Justina IrelandDread Nation by Justina Ireland

The Civil War is derailed by a zombie infestation that changes the course of history in this fantastic novel about America, racism, and the undead. Jane McKeene is a fantastic character, a young Southerner sent to school in Baltimore to learn how to fight zombies, who must also fight enemies of the living kind. (April 3)

The Female Persuasion by Meg WolitzerThe Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer 

The author of The Interestings returns with a multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and romantic ideals. Greer always thought she knew what she wanted until she met Faith, who opens Greer’s eyes to a whole world of possibility and leads her away from the future she thought she would have. (April 3)

the recoveringThe Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison 

Jamison returns with her first book since The Empathy Exams, in which she examines stories of addiction recovery, including her own. Using a blend of memoir, investigative reporting, and literary criticism, she deftly tells a new narrative about recovery, the history of recovery, the criminalization of addiction, and more.  (April 3)

the oracle yearThe Oracle Year by Charles Soule 

The film rights to comic writer Soule’s first novel, about a man in NYC who wakes up one day with the ability to see the future, have already been sold in a major deal. (April 3)

meaty samantha irbyMeaty: Essays by Samantha Irby

Given the success of the brilliant and hilarious Irby’s 2017 essay collection, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, it seems like a perfect move to reprint this older collection (featuring a cuter critter on the cover this time around). (April 3)

varina coverVarina by Charles Frazier 

The author of the mega-hit Cold Mountain is back with his fourth novel. Set in the same place at Cold Mountain, about a teen girl named Varina who weds the much-older Jefferson Davis, who goes on to be appointed President of the Confederacy. (April 3)

circe by madeline millerCirce by Madeline Miller

Miller follows up The Song of Achilles with a new story of mythology, about Circe, a young witch banished by Zeus who must choose between the gods or the mortals. (April 10)

macbeth jo nesboMacbeth by Jo Nesbo 

A thriller based on the Shakespeare classic, set in a 1970s industrial town, from the author of The Snowman. Part of Hogarth’s Shakespeare series. (April 10)

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel- Essays by Alexander CheeHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee

 If nothing else about the coming year excites you, at least be happy we have a new Alexander Chee book! And it’s nonfiction! I love his novels, but he is also wicked smart and has many insightful, thoughtful things to say about the world. Includes a beautiful essay about his father that will have you crying in your cornflakes. (April 24)

the girl who smiled beadsThe Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

In 1994, Wamariya and her sister fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next several years walking through other African countries in search of safety before they were granted refugee status by the United States. This is her story about her two lives, one of fear and death, and the other seemingly the American dream but always shadowed by her past. (April 24)