If you've got the mid-April blues (how is it still raining... and snowing?), I've got a solution: This week's new book releases will pull you out of that slump faster than you can say, "Is it Memorial Day weekend yet?"
On the nonfiction side of things, this week brings with it plenty of female-authored books to get you through your week: there's a new memoir about modern motherhood, On Motherhood Before I Was Ready; Sally Kohn is releasing her debut, aptly timed book, The Opposite of Hate; Sharp, an examination and celebration of the sharp witted women who have shaped our cultural and literary history, is dropping this week, as is The Displaced, a collection of essays about the refugee experiences, edited by Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, Fascism: A Warning by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Daughter of the Winter Queen, about the four granddaughters of Mary, Queen of Scots by nonfiction writer Nancy Goldstone, and For Every One, a poem and call-to-arms by beloved YA author Jason Reynolds.
On the fiction side of things, this week brings plenty of thrillers, including After Anna, a haunting drama about the strains of melding different families into one, Macbeth, a Jo Nesbo-authored retelling of the Shakespearean play, and Devils Unto Dust, a post-Civil War-era young adult novel set in the deserts of West Texas, where a mysterious and devastating sickness has taken hold of the population.
This week also brings one phenomenal short story collection — Heads of the Colored People — and the highly anticipated second novel from classicist Madeline Miller, Circe, a retelling of the story of literature's first witch.