Spring is all about new beginnings, so we book-lovers can take that as an excuse to flip open the next title on our to-read lists. If that’s not a drastic enough start for you, you can always
branch out into a new genre or acquaint yourself with unfamiliar authors. No matter how you choose to celebrate the new season, though, I suggest you check out the nonfiction books being released in April.
This particular category is always full of variety, but that seems to be especially true this month. April’s offerings are seriously all over the map. We’re talking work from high-profile figures ranging from Elizabeth Warren to Kelly Osbourne, a look into the lives of women married to high-ranking cartel members, examinations of various social issues, and more. The world of nonfiction is your oyster.
In spite of the differences, many of the books will have the same side effect: inspiring you. There are life lessons to be learned, motivation to be doled out, and secrets to be shared, all courtesy of senators, millennials, daughters, reality stars, and other brilliant writers. Books are so good to us.
Below are 20 of the best nonfiction books being published in April 2017, so start something new to welcome in spring.
1 ‘The Yellow Envelope’ by Kim Dinan (April 4; Sourcebooks) 2 ‘Rebel Mother’ by Peter Andreas (April 4; Simon & Schuster)
, writer Peter Andreas recounts some unconventional adventures. He tells the story of how his 1950s housewife mother got into radical feminism and Marxism, and then brought him along as she took off for South America. It is a captivating tale that includes everything from a custody battle to a stint living in a hippie commune. Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution Click Here To Buy 3 ‘The Scarlett Letters’ by Jenny Nordbak (April 4; St. Martin’s Press) 4 ‘Behaving Badly’ by Eden Collinsworth (April 4; Nan A. Talese) 5 ‘Pause’ by Rachael O’Meara (April 4; TarcherPerigee) 6 ‘Wait, What?’ by James E. Ryan (April 4; HarperOne)
James E. Ryan, dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, expands on the memorable commencement address he delivered in 2016 in his new book,
. Like his speech, his book shares his secret to leading a meaningful life, but it goes even further with entertaining anecdotes and stories. Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions Click Here To Buy 7 ‘The Destruction of Hillary Clinton’ by Susan Bordo (April 4; Melville House)
Donald Trump’s electoral victory came in November, but many of us still can’t quite comprehend how that happened. Pulitzer Prize nominee Susan Bordo is here with some answers in her new book,
. She offers a fascinating take on the painfully long campaign and how the political upset happened. The Destruction of Hillary Clinton Click Here To Buy 8 ‘An American Sickness’ by Elisabeth Rosenthal (April 11; Penguin Press) 9 ‘Post Grad’ by Caroline Kitchener (April 11; Ecco)
Princeton graduate Caroline Kitchener looks at life immediately after university in
. Using her own experience as well as those of four female classmates working in different fields, she examines what they go through, both personally and professionally. Not only are their stories relatable, they offer insight into an interesting period of life. Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College Click Here To Buy 10 ‘Baseball Life Advice’ by Stacey May Fowles (April 11; McClelland & Stewart)
Stacey May Fowles pays tribute to her favorite sport in
. Don't worry: you don’t have to live and breathe baseball to appreciate her work. Fowles’ shares insightful and often hilarious commentary on a variety of relevant subjects, ranging from stereotypes about female sports fans to mental health. Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game That Saved Me Click Here To Buy 11 ‘When You Find Out the World Is Against You’ by Kelly Oxford (April 18; Dey Street Books) 12 ‘Cartel Wives’ by Mia Flores, Olivia Flores (April 18; Grand Central Publishing) 13 ‘How to Be Married’ by Jo Piazza (April 18; Harmony) 14 ‘Beauty Sick’ by Renee Engeln (April 18; Harper) 15 ‘This Fight Is Our Fight’ by Elizabeth Warren (April 18; Henry Holt and Co.) 16 ‘Option B’ by Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant (April 24; Knopf) 17 ‘There Is No F*cking Secret’ by Kelly Osbourne (April 25; G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 18 ‘She-ology’ by Sherry A. Ross (April 25; Savio Republic)
If you have a vagina (or even if you don’t), you should check out Sherry A. Ross’ new book,
As an ob-gyn, she’s equipped to answer the questions we’re often too shy to ask. That in itself should be enough to get you to read her book, but if you need more convincing, know that She-ology: The Definitive Guideto Women’s Intimate Health. Period. She-ology features contributions from stars like Reese Witherspoon, Brooke Shields, Christina Applegate, and more. Click Here To Buy 19 ‘The Secrets of My Life’ by Caitlyn Jenner (April 25; Grand Central Publishing)
Caitlyn Jenner revisits her years as Bruce and her struggle to embrace her true self in
. As you can imagine, her memoir is a moving one, and it covers her childhood, life as a public figure, and finally her high-profile transition and its aftermath. Sure, we already know a ton about Jenner, but this work takes us even deeper. The Secrets of My Life Click Here To Buy 20 ‘Ma Speaks Up’ by Marianne Leone (April 25; Beacon Press)
Italian-American writer Marianne Leone writes about life with her immigrant mother in
. Like many adolescents, she was embarrassed by her mother, but her shame was made worse by how different her family was. Even if you can’t relate, it’s touching to see her look back on her childhood through the eyes of an adult. Ma Speaks Up: And a First-Generation Daughter Talks Back Click Here To Buy