With the new year around the corner، we asked 10 independent bookstores to tell us their most anticipated 2019 book release in an genre. Their responses span dystopian fiction to memoir and children's books. Where there was overlap among titles، stores were asked for a second choice، forbes reported.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese، September 10)
Cristina Nosti، Director of Events & Marketing of Books & Books، with multiple Florida locations as well as the Cayman Islands، chose The Testaments by Margaret Atwood، the sequel to the bestselling The Handmaid's Tale. The book regained popularity with the 2017 Hulu TV adaptation. "The Testaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale and is narrated by three female characters،" Nosti told Forbes. "When Donald Trump was elected in November 2016، Handmaids became a symbol of the movement against him، standing for female empowerment and resistance in the face of misogyny and the rolling back of women’s rights around the world. The book is not related to the TV series، but we believe that it has created a new audience of readers who will want to read this book and can’t wait to read it ourselves!"
The Falconer by Dana Czapnik (Atria Books، January 29)
Novelist Ann Patchett، Co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville، Tennessee، praised debut novel The Falconer by Dana Czapnik. Patchett told Forbes، "We're excited about so many books in 2019، but one that I particularly love is Dana Czapnik's first novel The Falconer that's being published by Atria. The story of a girl basketball player in her senior year of high school New York City، the novel is openhearted، fiercely intelligent، and has restored my faith in pretty much everything."
Black Leopard، Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead Books، February 5)
Kris Kleindienst، Co-owner of Left Bank Books، St. Louis، Missouri، selected the new novel Black Leopard، Red Wolf by Marlon James، whose novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the 2015 Man Book Prize. Kleindienst told Forbes، "Marlon James possesses almost frightening levels of talent. The arc of his career has barely begun، but he has already shot past the best of what other writers could ever hope for. His work is wholly original، while paying homage to all the important literary ancestors. Black Leopard، Red Wolf holds the promise of being an archetypal epic for the 21st century.
Normal People by Sally Rooney (Hogarth، April 16)
Lila Zwonitzer، Buyer at Strand Bookstore in New York، chose second novel Normal People by Sally Rooney. Zwonitzer said، "Sally Rooney's highly anticipated follow-up to Conversations with Friends grapples with class، power and gender in present day Ireland. It quietly observes the ebbs and flows of a young relationship، but is easily driven by Rooney's careful handling of their inner lives. My one regret in finishing it was that I missed them once they'd gone."
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Knopf، February 12)
Kim Sutton، Director of Marketing at Powell's Books، Portland، Oregon، cited Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli، about a family trip to the U.S.Mexico border. Sutton told Forbes، "Our marketing team is very excited about Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. The timely subject and Luiselli’s gorgeous prose، combined with her authentic portrayal of intricate family dynamics، make this one of our top picks for 2019."
Maid: Hard Work، Low Pay، and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land (Hachette Books، January 22)
Sherri Gallentine، Head Buyer at Book Soup in Los Angeles and Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena، California، praised debut memoir Maid by Stephanie Land. "This memoir chronicles the three years the author spent cleaning houses to support herself and daughter. I think it’s an important book as more Americans live at or below the poverty line. I’m hopeful that Land’s book will be widely read and inspire people to change their point of view regarding those doing jobs most of us wouldn’t consider، and the situation of their fellow citizens."
Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel، illustrated by Shane W. Evans (Dial Books، January 22)
Sara Luce Look، Co-owner and Book Buyer at Charis Books & More in Atlanta، chose debut book Hands Up! by children's literature scholar Breanna J. McDaniel. Look told Forbes، "Breanna is an academic who researches representations of black children in picture books and this beautifully illustrated book for 4-8 year olds takes the phrase 'hands up' through everyday moments in a young Black girl's life. Her tiny baby hands are 'hands up' to greet the sun and later when she is older، she is joining together 'hands up' with her family at a protest march. Our customers have been waiting for a book like this."
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston (W.W. Norton & Company، January 29)
Arsen Kashkashian، Head Buyer at Boulder Bookstore in Boulder، Colorado، selected Deep Creek، the latest essay collection by Pam Houston. Kashkashian told Forbes، " Deep Creek is Pam Houston at her most honest and lyrical. She examines how her life has been shaped by her beautiful ranch in Colorado's high country. Lovingly evoking the land with its mountains، streams، and fence lines، as well as the horses، and dogs who also live there، Houston brings us into the joys and terrors of her life. We meet the many people who have worked with her on the ranch. We come to see how it is tied to the larger world through the issue of climate change. This is a searing story of one woman who overcame the odds of her painful childhood to create a remarkable life with the help of her friends."
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead Books، March 5)
Mary Cotton، owner of Newtonville Books in Newton، Massachusetts، picked Gingerbread، the latest novel by Boy، Snow، Bird author Helen Oyeyemi. Cotton said، "Helen Oyeyemi is a gift to the world. Her novels seduce and unsettle، soothe and terrorize you، sometimes all in the same few lines. Gingerbread may be my favorite of hers yet. I nibbled at this book، carefully not to devour too much at once. Like in all of her work، the reader is introduced to a world both real and fantastical. I have no idea where Oyeyemi is taking me but I will gladly follow her anywhere!"
Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li (Random House، February 5)
Jan Weissmiller، Co-owner of Prairie Lights in Iowa City، Iowa، selected Where Reasons End by novelist and memoirist Yiyun Li. Weismiller told Forbes، " We are expecting to move our readers with Yiyun Li’s nearly indescribable new novel، Where Reasons End. This book is about the unfathomably sad experience of losing a son to suicide. This expansive، heartfelt examination of grief in novel form moves through a series of conversations between the mourning mother and her elusive، yet vividly present son. This utterly original novel will move anyone who has experienced loss in any form."