Hey, bookworms! Here’s a quick rundown of the new books hitting shelves in April 2022. Some great titles are coming out this month, so be sure to mark your calendars and add the ones that catch your interest to your reading list. Happy reading!
APRIL 2022 NEW BOOKS BY WEEK:
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa
The USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man is back with another hilarious #ownvoices rom-com about two strangers who get trapped in a lie and have to fake date their way out of it.
Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead
In this fierce and funny battle of the exes, Ashley Winstead’s FOOL ME ONCE explores the chaos of wanting what you already had.
Business Not As Usual by Sharon C. Cooper
A woman learns the hard way about mixing business with pleasure in this hilarious new romantic comedy by USA Today bestselling author Sharon C. Cooper.
To Marry and to Meddle by Martha Waters
The “sweet, sexy, and utterly fun” (Emily Henry, author of People We Meet on Vacation) Regency Vows series continues with a witty, charming, and joyful novel following a seasoned debutante and a rakish theater owner as they navigate a complicated marriage of convenience.
The Sign for Home by Blair Fell
When Arlo Dilly learns the girl he thought was lost forever might still be out there, he takes it as a sign and embarks on a life-changing journey to find his great love—and his freedom.
Sari, Not Sari by Sonya Singh
This delightful debut rom-com follows the adventures of a woman trying to connect with her South Asian roots and introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters in a veritable feast of food, family traditions, and fun.
The Date from Hell by Gwenda Bond
In this hilarious, romantic sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy, Callie and Luke’s date is thwarted when Lucifer gives them three days to redeem a soul.
Woman, Eat Me Whole by Ama Asantewa Diaka
A bold, mesmerizing debut collection exploring womanhood, the body, mental illness, and what it means to move between cultures.
Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong
The highly anticipated collection of poems from the award-winning writer Ocean Vuong.
FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP
The Wise Women by Gina Sorell
A witty and wildly enjoyable novel about two adult daughters and their meddling advice columnist mother, for readers of Meg Wolitzer, Cathleen Schine, and Cythia D’Aprix Sweeney.
Summer on the Island by Brenda Novak
For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak’s newest standalone novel about friendship, family and the ties that bind and challenge us follows three friends as they escape to a coastal Florida town for the summer.
Lost and Found in Paris by Lian Dolan
The thinking woman’s ultimate escapist adventure in Paris, told with wit, style, and a touch of intrigue, by the popular and dynamic author of The Sweeney Sisters.
Cover Story by Susan Rigetti
Catch Me If You Can meets Sweetbitter in this debut novel about an ambitious and impressionable young woman who gets caught up in a charismatic con artist’s scam.
The Lifeguards by Amanda Eyre Ward
In sunny Austin, Texas, the bonds between three picture-perfect—but viciously protective—mothers and their close-knit sons are tested during one unforgettable summer in The Lifeguards, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters.
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
The Blood Trials by N. E. Davenport
Blending fantasy and science fiction, N. E. Davenport’s fast-paced, action-packed debut kicks off a duology of loyalty and rebellion, in which a young Black woman must survive deadly trials in a racist and misogynistic society to become an elite warrior.
BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS
Chaos Theory by Leah McSweeney
Real Housewives of New York star, fashion-industry pioneer, entrepreneur, and mom Leah Sweeney charts her winding journey through battling addiction, igniting the streetwear world, and disrupting reality television—all while being unapologetically, unrelentingly herself.
Easy Beauty by Chloé Cooper Jones
From Pulitzer Prize–nominated, Whiting Award–winning writer and philosophy professor Chloé Cooper Jones, a groundbreaking memoir about disability, motherhood, and a journey to far-flung places in search of a new way of seeing and being seen.
Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
A propulsive and dazzling debut novel, set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West.
Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor
For fans of Caraval and The Night Circus, this decadent and darkly enchanting YA fantasy, set against the backdrop of a Belle Époque-inspired hotel, follows seventeen-year-old Jani as she uncovers the deeply disturbing secrets of the legendary Hotel Magnifique.
The Return of Faraz Ali by Aamina Ahmad
Sent back to his birthplace – Lahore’s notorious red-light district – to hush up the murder of a child prostitute, a man finds himself in an unexpected reckoning with his past.
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
Pitched as The Farewell meets Ocean’s Eleven, PORTRAIT OF A THIEF is a lyrically written heist novel based on a true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums; about diaspora, unlikely friendships, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.
True Biz by Sara Novic
A transporting novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
A delight for readers of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, this blockbuster debut set in 1960s California features the singular voice of Elizabeth Zott, a scientist whose career takes a detour when she becomes the star of a beloved TV cooking show.
The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
From one of the most celebrated writers of our time, a literary figure with cult status, a “sibling novel” to her Pulitzer Prize- and NBCC Award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad—an electrifying, deeply moving novel about the quest for authenticity and meaning in a world where memories and identities are no longer private.
I Was the President’s Mistress!! by Miguel Syjuco
From the author of Ilustrado, winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize, comes an unflinching satire about power, corruption, sex, and all the other topics you were told never to discuss in polite company.
Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum
From the author of A Bend in the Stars, an epic adventure as three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their past.
MYSTERIES & THRILLERS
The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth
The newest breakout star of domestic suspense delivers her next twisty novel about family secrets and lies.
The Shadow House by Anna Downes
Extradordinarily tense and deliciously mysterious, Anna Downes’s The Shadow House follows one woman desperate to protect her children at any cost in a remote village retreat where not everything is as it seems.
Heartbroke by Chelsea Bieker
From the acclaimed author of Godshot and “a pitch-perfect ventriloquist of extraordinary talent and ferocity” (T Kira Madden) comes a defining book of stories set in California’s Central Valley, where everyone is seeking or sabotaging love under an unrelenting sun.
COOKBOOKS & LIFESTYLE
Drink Lightly by Natasha David
Explore the lighter side of serious cocktails with 100 recipes for creative low and no-alcohol drinks from the craft cocktail veteran behind New York City’s beloved Nitecap bar.
Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson
An Indigenous woman adopted by white parents goes in search of her identity in this unforgettable debut novel about family, race, and history—“a celebration of our universal desire to love and be loved” (Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers)
Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda
A young, mixed race vampire must find a way to balance her mixed heritage, her bottomless hunger, and her life in this stunning debut novel from a writer-to-watch.
Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett
A lost young woman returns to small-town New Hampshire under the strangest of circumstances in this one-of-a-kind novel of life, death, and whatever comes after from the acclaimed author of Rabbit Cake.
Sedating Elaine by Dawn Winter
An exuberant dark comedy about love, grief, sex, guilt, and one woman’s harebrained scheme to tranquilize her voraciously amorous girlfriend for a few days so that she might pay off her drug dealer, make soup, and finally get some peace and quiet.
Things They Lost by Okwiri Oduor
This astonishing, devastating debut novel, riven through with mystery and magic, tells the story of a lonely girl living in a small African town and her struggle to free herself from her mercurial, charming mother.
A Tiny Upward Shove by Melissa Chadburn
This “addictive and headlong” (Lauren Groff) debut novel traces the too-short life of a woman cast out by society and transformed by death into an agent of justice—or mercy.
God of Neverland by Gama Ray Martinez
In this magical re-imagining of J. M. Barrie’s classic tale, Michael Darling—the youngest of the Darling siblings and former Lost Boy, now all grown up—must return to the life he left behind to save Neverland from the brink of collapse and keep humanity safe from magical and mythological threats, as well as answer the ultimate question: Where is Peter Pan?
In a Time of Distance by Alexander McCall Smith, Illustrated by Iain McIntosh
From the beloved author of the No. 1 Ladies’ DetectiveAgency series comes a beautiful and transporting volumeof poems brimming with warmth and humanity.
The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land by Omer Friedlander
People strive for connection in this debut work of fiction set in Israel and the Middle East: a magically rich collection of stories in the tradition of Michael Chabon, Nicole Krauss, and Nathan Englander.
Nobody Gets Out Alive by Leigh Newman
From the prizewinning, debut fiction author: an exhilarating virtuosic story collection about women navigating the wilds of male-dominated Alaskan society.
BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS
Love Me as I Am by Garcelle Beauvais
The beloved model, actress, Black pop culture icon, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star bares her life in this frank, funny, and fearless memoir about life, love and the pursuit of true happiness.
Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon, Sean Wilsey
A candid, compulsively readable, hilarious, and heartbreaking memoir of resilience and redemption.
Grief Is Love by Marisa Renee Lee
A trusted grief expert shares what Kirkus Reviews praises as “calm, lucid prose… [a] humanizing exploration of coping with the life-changing tides of loss.”
Left on Tenth by Delia Ephron
The beloved writer of romantic comedies tells her own late-in-life love story, complete with a tragic second act and joyous resolution.
A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Combining the haunting power of Toni Morrison’s Beloved with the evocative atmosphere of Phillippa Gregory’s A Respectable Trade, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’s groundbreaking novel illuminates a little discussed aspect of history—the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade—witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves.
The Mayfair Bookshop by Eliza Knight
USA Today bestselling author Eliza Knight brings together a brilliant dual-narrative story about Nancy Mitford—one of 1930s London’s hottest socialites, authors, and a member of the scandalous Mitford Sisters—and a modern American desperate for change, connected through time by a little London bookshop.
MYSTERIES & THRILLERS
Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough
In this twisty, mind-bending thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes, Emma Averell worries that her crippling insomnia is a sign that she’s slowly going insane—like the mother she’s worked so hard to leave in her past.
Nobody But Us by Laure Van Rensburg
In this high‑concept thriller that’s part The Guest List, part The Girl Before, a couple’s romantic weekend‑getaway is not what it seems.
FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP
The Caretakers by Amanda Bestor-Siegal
Set in a wealthy Parisian suburb, an emotionally riveting debut told from the point of view of six women, and centered around a group of au pairs, one of whom is arrested after a sudden and suspicious tragedy strikes her host family—a dramatic exploration of identity, class, and caregiving from a profoundly talented new writer.
The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon
The self-appointed mayor of a tiny Italian village is determined to save his hometown no matter the cost in this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming debut novel.
Just the Two of Us by Jo Wilde
A couple on the brink of divorce after 35 years of marriage gets a second chance to rediscover their love now that a pandemic lockdown has forced them to spend more time together.
The No-Show by Beth O’Leary
Three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they’re involved with the same man in this smart new rom-com by Beth O’Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare.
COOKBOOKS & LIFESTYLE
Homestead Recipes by Amanda Rettke
From the author of Surprise-Inside Cakes and the hugely popular I Am Homesteader and I Am Baker blogs—a book filled with sass, charm, and 110 tried-and-true home-cooked favorite recipes that shine whether you’re a megamart devotee or a garden-to-table enthusiast.
I Dream of Dinner (So You Don’t Have To) by Ali Slagle
150 essential recipes for dinner on the fly, from New York Times contributor Ali Slagle
Return to Nature by Emma Loewe
Discover the new science and ancient wisdom on why nature makes us healthier and happier in body and soul from the co-author of The Spirit Almanac and mindbodygreen’s Senior Sustainability Editor.
COOKBOOKS & LIFESTYLE
Sweet Paris by Frank Adrian Barron
A dazzling cookbook featuring 75 recipes for American desserts with seasonal French twists, accompanied by 125 exquisite photographs and tips on serving and hosting with French flair for any occasion, from a casual afternoon teatime to an intimate dinner party to a festive holiday gathering.
Arabiyya by Reem Assil
A collection of 100 bright, bold recipes influenced by the vibrant flavors and convivial culture of the Arab world, filled with moving personal essays on food, family, and identity mixed with a pinch of California cool, from chef and activist Reem Assil
To the Last Bite by Alexis deBoschnek
Learn to cook resourcefully, efficiently, and, of course, deliciously, by using all of your ingredients—down to the rind, stem, and bone—with these 100 creative recipes from the star BuzzFeed Tasty’s Chef Out of Water.
STORY & ESSAY COLLECTIONS
Some of My Best Friends by Tajja Isen
A fearless and darkly comic debut essay collection about race, justice, and the limits of good intentions.
The Trouble with Happiness by Tove Ditlevsen, Translated by Michael Favala Goldman
A short-story collection from the acclaimed author of the Copenhagen Trilogy, never before translated in English.
FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP
Hope and Glory by Jendella Benson
A brilliant debut by a British-Nigerian author—a heartfelt family drama that will delight book club readers and fans of books like Transcendent Kingdom, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, and The Girl with the Louding Voice.
Happy for You by Claire Stanford
A whip-smart, funny, affecting novel about a young woman who takes a job at a tech company looking to break into the “happiness market”—even as her own happiness feels more unknowable than ever.
End of the World House by Adrienne Celt
Groundhog Day meets Ling Ma’s Severance in End of the World House, a thought-provoking comedic novel about two young women trying to save their friendship as the world collapses around them.
Wingwalkers by Taylor Brown
A former WWI ace pilot and his wingwalker wife barnstorm across Depression-era America, performing acts of aerial daring.
MYSTERIES & THRILLERS
Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild
An utterly delicious debut thriller that tells the story of the most likable murderess you will ever meet, perfect for fans of Riley Sager and Jessica Knoll.
Drop Dead Gorgeous by Rachel Gibson
This hilarious fish-out-of-water tale—from the New York Times bestselling author of the “endearing, funny, and heart-tugging” (Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author) novel How Lulu Lost Her Mind—explores what happens when a small-town Texas girl swaps bodies with a filthy rich socialite.
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
The New York Times bestselling author of Life’s Too Short delivers a refreshingly modern fairy tale perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston and Emily Henry.
COOKBOOKS & LIFESTYLE
Milk Street: The World in a Skillet by Christopher Kimball
One-pot meals that reveal the world of flavorful possibilities inside a simple skillet—America’s most common cooking tool—from the James Beard Award-winning team at Milk Street
Vino : The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine by Joe Campanale, Joshua David Stein
The Italian wine bible for a new generation—a superstar sommelier and restaurateur explores the dynamic world of contemporary Italian wine.
MYSTERIES & THRILLERS
An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher
From New York Times bestselling author Tarryn Fisher comes another gripping, complex psychological thriller with an epic twist, about a girls’ weekend to Vegas gone horribly wrong, perfect for fans of GIRL A, THE PUSH, WHEN NO ONE WAS WATCHING, and PRETTY LITTLE WIFE.
Blood Will Tell by Heather Chavez
From the author of the acclaimed debut No Bad Deed, a twisty novel about the bond between two sisters—and the crimes one covers up to protect the other. For fans of Lisa Gardner and Harlan Coben.
I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown
Two identical twin sisters and former child actors have grown apart—until one disappears, and the other is forced to confront the secrets they’ve kept from each other in this twisty suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things.
The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Drowning Kind comes a genre-defying new novel, inspired by Mary Shelley’s masterpiece Frankenstein, that brilliantly explores the eerie mysteries of childhood and the evils perpetrated by the monsters among us.
BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS
Finding Me by Viola Davis
Finding Me is Viola Davis’ story, in her own words, and spans her incredible, inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present day. Hers is a story of overcoming, a true hero’s journey. Deeply personal, brutally honest, and riveting, Finding Me is a timeless and spellbinding memoir that will capture hearts and minds around the globe.
The School for German Brides by Aimie K. Runyan
In this intriguing historical novel, a young woman who is sent to a horrific “bride school” to be molded into the perfect Nazi wife finds her life forever intertwined with a young Jewish woman about to give birth.
In the Face of the Sun by Denny S. Bryce
At the height of the Civil Rights Movement amidst an America convulsed by the 1960s, a pregnant young woman and her brash, profane aunt embark upon an audacious road trip from Chicago to Los Angeles to confront a decades-old mystery from 1920’s Black Hollywood in this haunting novel of historical fiction from the author of Wild Women and the Blues.
Like a House on Fire by Lauren McBrayer
An electric and seductive debut novel about a woman at a turning point in her life, and what happens when she discovers the spark that makes her feel whole again.
When We Fell Apart by Soon Wiley
A profoundly moving and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties that bind families together—or break them apart—as a young Korean American man’s search for answers about his girlfriend’s mysterious death becomes a soul-searching journey into his own bi-cultural identity.
The Apartment on Calle Uruguay by Zachary Lazar
A haunting new novel by the author of Vengeance in which a chance encounter between a blocked painter and a journalist leads to a complicated romance that reveals their buried histories and vulnerabilities against the backdrops of an America in chaos and Mexico.
Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close
An irresistible comedy of manners about three generations of a Chicago restaurant family and the private jokes, ancient grudges, broken hearts, and deep, abiding love that feeds them all.
Double Shot Death by Emmeline Duncan
With its entrepreneurial, 20-something protagonist, focus on a hipster-run food truck pod in Portland, Oregon, and real-world issues involving homelessness and gentrification, this second Ground Rules Mystery is a modern, fresh-voiced, and witty cozy featuring a sleuth who can make a perfect cup of coffee!
Three Tainted Teas by Lynn Cahoon
New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon returns with the third installment of her enchanting Kitchen Witch Mysteries starring aspiring witch and culinary entrepreneur Mia Malone, who must dispel a deadly plot to wreck her clients’ wedding!
The Vanishing Type by Ellery Adams
Entertainment Weekly hails the Secret, Book, and Scone Society series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams as “a love letter to reading,” and in this fifth installment, bookshop owner, bibliotherapist, and occasional sleuth Nora Pennington must enlist the help of her brilliant, brassy librarian friend Bobbie to unravel the connection between The Scarlet Letter, an obscure 19th century writer, and a dead hiker…
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