A list of new book releases we should add to our online shopping carts and book lists
Calling all fellow bookworms — if you are looking to upgrade your bookshelves, or a good book to zap you away from reality, we’ve got you covered.
Below is a list of books that vary in genre, and are worthy of being added to your shopping carts.
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
“The Kingdom Back” by Marie Lu
Transport back to a different time with the Mozart siblings. Marie Lu writes a novel focusing on Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl, who was also a prodigy. Lu tackles the realities many females faced at the time: the expectation to get married and belief that women could not become great composers. There’s a twist to this story as a mysterious stranger comes and offers to make Nannerl’s wish come true. However, their help comes at a price.
This compelling plot from the New York Times bestselling author of “The Legend” and the “Young Elites” trilogies holds promise.
“This one is quite different from my other ones in that it was actually the first book that I ever got an agent for,” Lu told Deseret News. “And it never sold. So I wrote this book maybe 12 years ago.”
This is a great book to read if you’re into history, narratives of female empowerment and the value of family.
“The Night Watchman” by Louise Edrich
This book is based on the author’s grandfather, who grew up as a night watchman that fought against the dispossession of Native Americans across the states. The book follows Thomas Wazhashk, a night watchman at a jewel bearing plant, who wants to stop a bill that aims to terminate the Native Americans’ way of life.
The story also follows Patrice, a Native American who wants to get out of where she’s from and move to Minneapolis. The book is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about Native American history.
“The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel
Release Date: March 24th
Emily St. John Mandel, award-winning author of “Station Eleven,” is back with another novel. Although the plot is vague, it is filled with intrigue and mystery. While it is centered around an unfolding Ponzi scheme in New York, it digs deep to explore social differences between the rich and the poor.
“Girl Decoded” by Rana El Kaliouby
Release Date: April 21st
“Girl Decoded” is a memoir written by an Egyptian American citizen who is on a mission to humanize technology. The author is a rarity, as she is a Muslim woman working in the tech industry. Her mother was the first female computer programmer in the Middle East, and Kaliouby is following in her footsteps.
The author is a pioneer in emotion artificial intelligence (AI), which is a technology that strives to help equipment understand us the way we understand each other. Since it’s a memoir she talks about her own struggles, and how decoding herself was part of her journey with emotion AI.
“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins
Release Date: May 19th
Suzanne Collins is coming back with a prequel to the “Hunger Games” series about the family of Snow. If this book is going to be anything like the rest of the series, then we’re in for a treat.
The reader travels back to the 10th annual Hunger Games and narrates the perspective of an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow who lives in the Capitol. The family of Snow isn’t doing well and his one chance at redemption is a female tribute from District 12 who he gets to mentor. The nostalgia is there with a District 12 participant and the family of Snow, but it is revealed that Coriolanus has a soft side as well. Collins has a lot to follow with the success of her previous books, and this one is going to be met with the same amount of anticipation.