As we finally break free of the never-ending winter, people everyone are ready to advantage of beachside retreats, afternoons on park benches and sleepy evenings on porch. In light of the longer days and swelling leisure time, we’ve grabbed a few titles to throw in your bag that will both give you a break from the daily grind and cycle much needed dollars into independent bookstores.



Igbo and Tamil writer Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel follows the life of a peculiar child born in southern Nigeria. A troubled child and source of deep concern to her family, the protagonist grows into adulthood and immigrates to America only for a traumatic event to change everything she knew to be true. Wrapped in indigenous religious customs and mystery of self, this page turner challenges what we in the West have understood to be “normal.”


This Will Be My Undoing

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by major pubs like Vogue and Book Riot, Morgan Jenkins’ collection of themed essays questions pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism and her personal experiences. If you’re a fan of Roxane Gay and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie then this book is right up your alley.


Coming Soon ~ I Can’t Date Jesus

Snarky pop-culture critique Michael Arceneaux has a reputation for searing recaps of reality shows, insightful quips on the political climate and a penchant for owning previously nonexistent spaces. His forthcoming book explores what being a creative means, race relations, growing up gay, southern and Catholic. If you have the works of David Sedaris or Samantha Irby on your bookshelf, I Can’t Date Jesus is a natural complement.


The Female Persuasion

Meg Wolitzer’s invites us on a journey with a Baby Boomer pillar of the feminist movement and a shy university freshman longing for a tighter sense of purpose. What Vogue calls an “ultra-readable” novel, Wolitzer delivers a book about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition.


A Tale for the Time Being

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Ruth Ozeki’s 2013 story is about everything from the Japanese tsunami and Silicon Valley to Zen and the meaning life. What critics have called full of Ozeki’s signature humor, this novel is a “brilliantly inventive, beguiling work of our shared humanity and the search for home.”