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10 Books I Can’t Wait to Read

I LOVE reading. I mean really, I could care less about the current TV show that is hot, but don’t you dare talk to me when I’m in the middle of reading a book. The other day I was scrolling through lists and decided to post the 10 books that are currently filling up my Amazon list. 

Each of the sixteen stories in Miller's glorious second collection is narrated by a unique female character grappling with the difficulties and disappointments of love and friendship, amidst added concerns such as body image troubles, having children and alcohol abuse. Miller's heroines make all the inevitable failures of young adulthood against Southern backdrops that range from a trailer park to an on-campus home of a college professor to a foster home for abandoned children, and it's a testament to the author's extraordinary knack for realism that each woman is as poignantly, sometimes painfully relatable as the last.Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller, $25, indiebound.org on January 10.

1. Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller

In Flint's debut crime novel, Ruth, a single working-class mother in 1960s Queens wakes up one morning to the horrifying discovery that her children have gone missing. When the deceased bodies of Cindy and Frankie are found that same day, Ruth is the prime suspect, but a young reporter is convinced there's more to the story. Inspired by true events, this thrilling suspense story will make you question your loyalties at every turn. Little Deaths by Emma Flint, $26, indiebound.org on January 17. 
2. Little Deaths by Emma Flint
Twenty years ago, journalist Barbara Reynolds began interviewing the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., and those revelatory tapes have now become the definitive written account of the life of an influential, under-appreciated heroine of American history. From her ambitious upbringing in the Deep South and her loving marriage and tragic loss thereof, to her resilient assumption of her late husband's causes and the founding of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Coretta Scott King endured as one of the nation's great champions, through the trials of the civil rights era and beyond. My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King,  $30, indiebound.org on January 17.
3. My Life My Love My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
The former magazine editor and actress continues the memoir she began with 1997's Anything Your Little Heart Desires. Picking up where she left off in her stormy Los Angeles upbringing—plagued with her parents' alcoholism, infidelities, and neglect—Bosworth focuses this second installment primarily on her personal and professional development both onscreen as an actor and on the page as a writer. She lays bare both the highs and lows of her adult life, from her ill-fated marriage at 19, to getting an abortion just prior to co-starring with Audrey Hepburn in A Nun's Story, to both her father's and her brother's suicides, creating a sometimes harrowing, always complex, and deeply wrought portrait of one of today's preeminent contemporary cultural figures. The Men in My Life: Love and Art in the 1950s by Patricia Bosworth, $28, indiebound.org on January 31.
4. The Men in My Life Love and Art in the 1950’s by Patricia Bosworth

 

The latest stories by the novelist and cultural critic behind An Untamed State and Bad Feminist mine a vast spectrum of contemporary female life, depicting women as wives and sisters and engineers and strippers, wealthy and poor, adulterous and monogamous, sexually free and mystically cursed with a plague of water damage. Gay's characters may grapple with familiar themes—including daddy issues, weight issues, jealousy, financial insecurity and sexual assault—but Gay's signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth make every story mesmerisingly unusual and simply unforgettable.Difficult Women by Roxane Gay, $25, indiebound.org on January 3.
5. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

 

6. How to Murder your Life by Cat Marnell
7. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
8. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Stroud
9. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

What about you? Do you have any good books you would recommend or anything you are planning reading this year?

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