New Books

New Books for the First Tuesday of April!

Happy Tuesday, star bits! The sun has been shining and there are lots of birds and lawn bears in Maine these days. And lots of books, of course. This all makes me so happy! Today is a HUGE day for new releases, and there are so many things to be excited about. For instance, the new Nicole Chung memoir is amazing, there’s a new Cherie Dimaline, and one of my new favorite kids’ books, Wizkit, is hitting shelves. (You’re going to love it — it’s all about books!) So let’s get started!

At the top of my list to acquire today are Natural Beauty by Ling Ling Huang, Paradise-1 by David Wellington, and The Insatiable Volt Sisters by Rachel Eve Moulton. You can hear about some more of the fabulous books coming out today on this week’s episode of All the Books! Danika and I talked about some of the books we’re excited about, including The Scourge Between Stars, Forget Me Not, and Natural Beauty.

Today I am doing a round-up of several exciting titles from the first Tuesday of April 2023. Below, you’ll find titles (loosely) broken up into several categories, to make it easier for your browsing convenience. I hope you have fun with it! And as with each first Tuesday newsletter, I am putting asterisks *** next to the books that I have had the chance to read and loved.

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a graphic of the cover of A Living Remedy: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

Biography and Memoir

Brown Boy: A Memoir by Omer Aziz

I Can’t Save You: A Memoir by Anthony Chin-Quee

A Living Remedy: A Memoir by Nicole Chung***

Everything That Rises: A Climate Change Memoir by Brianna Craft

Look at the Lights, My Love by Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (translator)

Go Back and Get It: A Memoir of Race, Inheritance, and Intergenerational Healing by Dionne Ford

The Kneeling Man: My Fathers Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. by Leta McCollough Seletzky

You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir by Maggie Smith

cover of Carmen and Grace by Melissa Coss Aquino; illustration of two young women done in yellow and black


Carmen and Grace by Melissa Coss Aquino***

Natural Beauty by Ling Ling Huang

The People Who Report More Stress by Alejandro Varela

No God Like the Mother by Kesha Ajose-Fisher

The House Is on Fire by Rachel Beanland 

House of Cotton by Monica Brashears***

A Cowardly Woman No More by Ellen Cooney

The Last Heir to Blackwood Library by Hester Fox

Enter Ghost by Isabella Hammad

Blue Hour by Tiffany Clarke Harrison

cover of Cursed Bread by Sophie Mackintosh; painting of a table with bread and wine

Butter: Novellas, Stories, and Fragments by Gayl Jones

Cursed Bread by Sophie Mackintosh

The Lost Wife by Susanna Moore 

Homecoming by Kate Morton

A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett

Coronation Year by Jennifer Robson 

Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

Middle Grade

Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie Thomas

Punk Rock Unicorn: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson***

To Catch a Thief by Martha Brockenbrough

School Trip: A Graphic Novel by Jerry Craft

Good Different by Meg Eden Kuyatt 

Once There Was by Kiyash Monsef

cover of Wizkit: An Adventure Overdue by Tanya J. Scott; illustration of cat and book walking down a road

Wizkit: An Adventure Overdue by Tanya J. Scott***

Big Tree by Brian Selznick 

Mystery and Thriller

Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose

You Know Her by Meagan Jennett

Digging Up Daisy by Sherry Lynn

Panther Gap by James A. McLaughlin


Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility edited by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua

The Wounded World: W. E. B. Du Bois and the First World War by Chad L. Williams

A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan’s Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan

The Language of Trees: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape by Katie Holten

If It Sounds Like a Quack…: A Journey to the Fringes of American Medicine by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling 

cover of Dear Prudence: Liberating Lessons from's Beloved Advice Column by Daniel M. Lavery; red with white text

Grow the F*ck Up: How to Be an Adult and Get Treated Like One (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight

Dear Prudence: Liberating Lessons from’s Beloved Advice Column by Daniel M. Lavery

The Plot to Save South Africa: The Week Mandela Averted Civil War and Forged a New Nation by Justice Malala

Blanche: The Life and Times of Tennessee Williams’s Greatest Creation by Nancy Schoenberger


Saltwater Demands a Psalm: Poems by Kweku Abimbola

Trinity Street: Poems by Jen Currin

The Kevin Powell Reader: Essential Writings and Conversations by Kevin Powell


This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs*** 

Ana María and The Fox by Liana De la Rosa

cover of Ana Maria and The Fox by Liana De la Rosa; Latine couple dancing

The Plus One by Mazey Eddings

Said No One Ever by Stephanie Eding

The Lonely Hearts Book Club by Lucy Gilmore

Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror

The Scourge Between Stars by Ness Brown***

Paradise-1 by David Wellington

The Insatiable Volt Sisters by Rachel Eve Moulton

One for My Enemy by Olivie Blake

Linghun by Ai Jiang

Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling

Young Adult

A Whole Song and Dance by Sarvenaz Tash

cover of Funeral Songs for Dying Girls by Cherie Dimaline; illustration of statues in a cemetery

Forget Me Not by Alyson Derrick

¡Ay, Mija! (A Graphic Novel): My Bilingual Summer in Mexico by Christine Suggs

Blood Debts by Terry J. Benton-Walker

Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken 

Funeral Songs for Dying Girls by Cherie Dimaline

Ander and Santi Were Here by Jonny Garza Villa

First-Year Orientation edited by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith

An Appetite for Miracles by Laekan Zea Kemp

Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens

Danger and Other Unknown Risks by Ryan North and Erica Henderon

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

Tell Me What Really Happened by Chelsea Sedoti

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orange cat standing on top of a rack of clothes; photo by Liberty Hardy

This week: I’m currently reading Multiverses: An Anthology of Alternate Realities edited by Preston Grassmann and “D” is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton. Outside of books, the regular NBA season is winding down, but my Celtics are headed to the playoffs. I started watching Lucky Hank, which is loosely based on Straight Man by Richard Russo. I read the book so long ago, I might have to go back and read it again. The song stuck in my head right now is “Wishing (If I Had a a Photograph of You)” by Flock of Seagulls, which is a better song than “I Ran”, in my opinion. And here’s a cat photo: Zevon is drooly and unruly.

That’s it for me today, friends. I am sending you love and good wishes for whatever is happening in your life right now. Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! See you next week. – XO, Liberty ❤️