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If you’ve run out of This Is Us episodes to binge-watch (again)...

Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley. The ac­claimed Bri­tish author’s sev­enth book is like a gut punch to your emo­tions (in a re­ally, re­ally good way). It chron­i­cles the friend­ship of two cou­ples, with in­ter­wo­ven pasts and 30 years of his­tory be­tween them, that is thrown into tur­moil when one mem­ber of the tight-knit group sud­denly dies.

If you’re still not over the can­cel­la­tion of My So-called Life in 1994...

Juliet the Maniac by Juliet Es­co­ria. This semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal com­ing-of-age story in­tro­duces us to Juliet, a happy 14-year-old liv­ing in 1997. But she be­gins strug­gling with her men­tal health; she is even­tu­ally di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der and en­rolled at an in­sti­tu­tional board­ing school in ru­ral United States. It’s so per­sonal and in­ti­mate, you’ll al­most feel as if you’re read­ing some­one’s jour­nal.

If you’ve ever called your­self an an­glophile...

Quee­nie by Candice Car­ty­williams. This highly an­tic­i­pated de­but novel fol­lows the misad­ven­tures of Quee­nie, a 25-year-old Ja­maican-bri­tish woman who strug­gles to find where she fits in her two cul­tures as she works at a mostly-white news­pa­per and dates ques­tion­able men. (So. Many. Ques­tion­able. Men.) More im­por­tantly: It will fill the Brid­get Jones-size hole in your heart. If you’ve al­ready lis­tened to ev­ery true-crime pod­cast… Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Mur­dered by Karen Kil­gar­iff and Ge­or­gia Hard­stark. Yes, it might be the best book ti­tle in his­tory, but it’s also the first dual mem­oir from the hi­lar­i­ous hosts of the pod­cast My Fa­vorite Mur­der. Kil­gar­iff and Hard­stark go off-mic to share sto­ries about their strug­gles with de­pres­sion, eat­ing dis­or­ders and ad­dic­tion. Don’t worry, Mur­deri­nos, there’s true-crime talk too.

If you want to im­press ev­ery­one on the sub­way with your read­ing ma­te­rial…

On Earth We’re Briefly Gor­geous by Ocean Vuong. The award-win­ning poet makes the jump from verse to long-form fic­tion with his semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal de­but novel. Writ­ten as a let­ter from a son to a mother who can­not read, un­rav­el­ling a fam­ily his­tory from Viet­nam to life as Amer­i­can refugees, Vuong’s lyri­cal prose will have you read­ing wayyyy past your bed­time.

If you’ve ever got­ten into a huge fight with your mom (so, all of us)…

Patsy by Ni­cole Den­nis-benn. Even the most typ­i­cal moth­er­daugh­ter re­la­tion­ships are com­pli­cated, but this one takes it to an­other level. The novel fol­lows a woman (the tit­u­lar Patsy) who leaves her daugh­ter and mother be­hind in Ja­maica to move to Brook­lyn. As Patsy strug­gles with life as an un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grant, her daugh­ter be­comes con­flicted over her own iden­tity and feel­ing aban­doned by her mother. If your fave shows are any­thing Shonda Rhimes and Black Mir­ror…

Re­cur­sion by Blake Crouch. Crouch’s new sci-fi thriller is about a sci­en­tist who cre­ates tech­nol­ogy that al­lows peo­ple to re­live and re­write their me­mories. But it was the queen of TV Shonda Rhimes’ stamp of ap­proval that re­ally put this book on our radar: Her pro­duc­tion com­pany has al­ready be­gun de­vel­op­ing the novel as a “tele­vi­sion uni­verse” for Net­flix— and it’s not even on book­selves un­til June.

If you liked THAT Bradley Cooper pro­file…

Fleish­man Is in Trou­ble by Taffy Brodesser-akner. New York Times journo Brodesser­akner is best known for her sharp ob­ser­va­tions and knack for get­ting the juici­est deets from celebs in her long-reads. That wit def­i­nitely trans­lates to her de­but novel, about a re­cently sep­a­rated doc­tor whose ex-wife drops off their two chil­dren and then vanishes.

If you watched the Bol­ly­wood ver­sion of Pride and Prej­u­dice more than the orig­i­nal be­cause, duh, it’s the best…

The Chai Fac­tor by Farah Heron. Toronto-based writer Heron’s de­but work of fic­tion is a de­light­ful ro­man­tic com­edy about a 30-year-old en­gi­neer whose self-im­posed no-dat­ing rule (grad school first) is tested when a bar­ber­shop quar­tet— com­plete with a hand­some bari­tone named Duncan—rents out the base­ment apart­ment of her fam­ily home.

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