New Books that I’m looking forward to reading in 2018

Another year, another load of amazing books to pre-order / order / purchase and praise and I can’t wait ūüôā


Elizabeth Ellen, Elizabeth Ellen (January 3, SF/LD Books)

Elizabeth Ellen cover

After Women, Chloe Caldwell (Sometime in 2018, SF/LD Books)

After Women cover

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, Denis Johnson (January 16, Random House)

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, Morgan Jerkins (January 30, Harper Perennial)

Bad Anatomy, Hannah Cohen (Sometime in Winter 2018, Glass Poetry Press)

Girl Torpedo, Emari DiGiorgio (Sometime in Winter 2018, Agape Editions)


Back Talk, Danielle Lazarin (February 6, Penguin Books)


Feel Free, Zadie Smith (February 6, Penguin Press)

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Beautiful Days: Stories, Joyce Carol Oates (February 6, Ecco)

We Are Taking Only What We Need, Stephanie Powell Watts (February 6, Ecco)

Virgin, Analicia Sotelo (February 6, Milkweed Editions)



The Barbarous Century, Leah Umansky (March 1, Eyewear Publishing LTD)

Awayland, Ramona Ausubel (March 6, Riverhead Books)

Census, Jesse Ball (March 6, Ecco)

The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (March 6, HarperTeen)

Whiskey & Ribbons, Leesa Cross-Smith (March 6, Hub City Press)


Look Alive Out There, Sloane Crosley (April 3, MCD Books)


The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer (April 3, Riverhead Books)

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life, Jenny Boully (April 3, Coffee House Press)


Wade in the Water, Tracey K. Smith (April 3, Graywolf Press)


The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, Leslie Jamison (April 3, Hachette Book Group)

Black Swans, Eve Babitz (April 10, Counterpoint Press)


Heads of the Colored People, Nafissa Thompson-Spires (April 10, Atria)

Not Here, Hieu Minh Nguyen (April 10, Coffee House Press)


You Think It, I’ll Say It, Curtis Sittenfeld (April 24, Random House)


A Lucky Man, Jamel Brinkley (May 1, Graywolf)


The Pisces, Melissa Broder (May 1, Hogarth Press)


Motherhood: A Novel, Sheila Heti (May 1, Henry Holt)


The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner (May 8, Scribner)



Florida, Lauren Groff (June 5, Riverhead Books)

Florida by Lauren Groff

Tonight I’m Someone Else, Chelsea Hodson (June 5, Henry Holt)


Sweet and Low, Nick White (June 5, Penguin Books)

Sweet and Low by Nick White


Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls: Stories, Alissa Nutting (July 3, Ecco)


My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh (July 10, Penguin Press)

Love War Stories, Ivelisse Rodriguez (July 10, The Feminist Press)

How to Love a Jamaican, Alexia Arthurs (July 24, Ballantine Books)


The Third Hotel, Laura van den Berg (August 7, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)

The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg

Nothing Good Can Come From This, Kristi Coulter (August 7, MCD/FSG Originals)

If You Have To Go, Katie Ford (Sometime in August 2018, Graywolf Press)

Everyday People: The Color of Life, edited by Jennifer Baker (August 28, Atria Books)

Everyday People: The Color of Life--a Short Story Anthology

Other Books to be Published without an exact publishing date…

The Carrying, Ada Limon

Reasons to Wake You, Paige Lewis (Sometime in 2018, Tupelo Press)

Drifts, Kate Zambreno (Harper Perennial)

Tasha Coryell‘s short story collection (Sometime in 2018, Split Lip Press <3)

2-3 yet-unnamed chapbooks from…Split Lip Press, of course!



Short Story of the Day – Days 91-120


Day 91: Victoria Redel’s “Red Rooster”

Day 92: Jonathan Escoffery’s “Chasing Carlos”

Day 93: Emma Cline’s “Northeast Regional”

Day 94: Clare Sestanovich’s “Phantom Vibrate”

Day 95: Christopher Fox’ “Junk”

Day 96: Amy Sauber’s “State Facts for the New Age”

Day 97: Olivia Clare’s “Olivia”

Day 98: Lucia Berlin’s “Homing”

Day 99: Chelsea Martin’s “Baby’s First Words”

Day 100: Curtis Dawkins’ “County”

Day 101: Rudrapriya Rathore’s “Heart Lake”

Day 102: Michelle Lyn King’s “Ghosts You Loved More”

Day 103: Hilary Leichter’s “Far Gone Conclusions”

Day 104: Kerry Cullen’s “Kindling”

Day 105: Tobias Wolff’s “Say Yes”

Day 106: Lindsay Hunter’s “The Fence”

Day 107: Lara Vapnyar’s “Deaf and Blind”

Day 108: Jenny Zhang’s “Why Were They Throwing Bricks?”

Day 109: Lauren Groff’s “Exquisite Corpse”

Day 110: Brandon Taylor’s “Wool”

Day 111: Tomiko Breland’s “What Is Behind”

Day 112: Erin Somers’ “Astronauts In Love”

Day 113: Julie Buntin’s “Phenomenon”

Day 114: Daisy Johnson’s “A Bruise the Size and Shape of a Door Handle”

Day 115: Amy Silverberg’s “Surburbia!”

Day 116: Kerry Cullen’s “Flight Feathers”

Day 117: Paul Yoon’s “A Willow and the Moon”

Day 118: Megan Cummin’s “Aerosol”

Day 119: Dana Diehl’s “Closer”

Day 120: Rachel Kushner’s “Debouchment”

Short Story of the Day – Days 60-90


Day 60: Clarice Lispector’s “Obsession”

Day 61: Stephanie Vaughn’s “Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog”

Day 62: Claire Vaye Watkins’ “Virginia City”

Day 63: Grace Paley’s “Friends”

Day 64: Mariana Enriquez’ “Spiderweb”

Day 65: Brandon Taylor’s “Frites”

Day 66: Clare Beams’ “The Drop”

Day 67: Susann Cokal’s “Fourteen Shakes the Baby”

Day 68: Jeannine Ouellette’s “Family, Family”

Day 69: Maryse Meijer’s “Home”

Day 70: Justin Taylor’s “A Talking Cure”

Day 71: Mary Gaitskill’s “Daisy’s Valentine”

Day 72: Clare Beams’ “We Show What We Have Learned”

Day 73: Jami Attenberg’s “Sarah Lee Waits For Love”

Day 74: Amanda Miska’s “Slow Wave”

Day 75: Emily St. John Mandel’s “Mr. Thursday”

Day 76: Phil Klay’s “Prayer In The Furnace”

Day 77: Jorge Luis Borges’ “Funes, His Memory”

Day 78: Kristen Arnett’s “Selectively Bred”

Day 79: Jenny Zhang’s “We Love You Crispina”

Day 80: Elizabeth Ellen’s “The Last American Woman”

Day 81: Shelly Oria’s “New York 1, Tel Aviv 0”

Day 82: Jen Corrigan’s “Have a Lovely Day”

Day 83: Melissa Ragsly’s “Crumbs”

Day 84: Mona Awad’s “My Mother’s Idea of Sexy”

Day 85: Brenna Gomez’ “Corzo”

Day 86: Kristen Gleason’s “Neftali”

Day 87: Rion Amilcar Scott’s “202 Checkmates”

Day 88: Deb Olin Unferth’s “Wait Till You See Me Dance”

Day 89: Laura van den Berg’s “Where We Must Be”

Day 90: Kara Vernor’s “Four Hands”

Short Story of the Day – Days 32-59


Day 32: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “Black-Eyed Women”

Day 33: Joanna C. Valente’s “You Are Going To Lose Everything”

Day 34: Edwidge Danticat’s “Seven”

Day 35: Patricia Engel’s “Vida”

Day 36: Jo Ann Beard’s “The Tomb of Wrestling”

Day 37: Denis Johnson’s “Car Crash While Hitchhiking”

Day 38: Fiona Maazel’s “Let’s Go to the Videotape”

Day 39: Clarice Lispector’s “Jimmy and I”

Day 40: Ashley Strosnider’s “What Will Make It Last”

Day 41: Danielle Evans’ “Virgins”

Day 42: Claire Vaye Watkins’ “Wish You Were Here”

Day 43: Elizabeth Ellen’s “Winter Haven, Florida, 1984”

Day 44: Joanna C. Valente’s “You’re Gonna Scream When You Die”

Day 45: Junot Diaz’ “Otravida, Otravez”

Day 46: Jennifer Sears’ “Foragers”

Day 47: Leyna Krow’s “Katie Eats Boston Cream Pie at a Motel Diner in Southeast Portland”

Day 48: Ottessa Moshfegh’s “The Weirdos”

Day 49: Mary Miller’s “Fast Trains”

Day 50: Brandon Taylor’s “Run”

Day 51: Leyna Krow’s “Tiger, Tiger”

Day 52: Saeed Jones’ “Boy, A History”

Day 53: Ben Greenman’s “Barn (Nebraska, 1962)”

Day 54: Alexander Chee’s “Down to Mars”

Day 55: Melissa Yancy’s “Consider This Case”

Day 56: Karen E. Bender’s “A Chick from My Dream Life”

Day 57: Philip Roth’s “The Conversion of the Jews”

Day 58: Leesa Cross-Smith’s “Whiskey & Ribbons”

Day 59: Zadie Smith’s “Crazy They Call Me”

Short Story of the Day: Days 1-31


Day 1: SJ Sindu’s “SR-9”

Day 2: Rebecca Keith’s “Toast of New York”

Day 3: Yiyun Li’s “On The Street Where You Live”

Day 4: Kelli Jo Ford’s “You Will Miss Me When I Burn”

Day 5: Deirdre Coyle’s “How to Vomit Living Creatures”

Day 6: Emily Chammah’s “Tell Me, Please”

Day 7: Mary Miller’s “Cedars of Lebanon”

Day 8: Emma Horwitz’ “Fingering”

Day 9: Rion Amilcar Scott’s “A Friendly Game”

Day 10: Daniel Pe√Īa’s “Three Phases of Love and Deportation in Ciudad Juarez”

Day 11: April Ayers Lawson’s “Three Friends In a Hammock”

Day 12: Mary Miller’s “The House on Main Street”

Day 13: Allison Kade’s “The Purple Baby”

Day 14: Madeline Dubus’ “Godspeed”

Day 15: Annabel Graham’s “Celestial Bodies”

Day 16: Halimah Marcus’ “Running Alone”

Day 17: Deirdre Coyle’s “Girlfriend”

Day 18: Alisha Ebling’s “Hungry”

Day 19: Kate Axelrod’s “Comfort Pack”

Day 20: Ruth Madievsky’s “Hamster”

Day 21: Julianne Pachico’s “Honey Bunny”

Day 22: Maggie Shipstead’s “Backcountry”

Day 23: Ottessa Moshfegh’s “An Honest Woman”

Day 24: Alix Ohlin’s “Quarantine”

Day 25: Patricia Engel’s “Lucho”

Day 26: Kait Heacock’s “The Girl”

Day 27: Brenda Peynado’s “The Drownings”

Day 28: Chanelle Benz’ “West of the Known”

Day 29: Kristen Arnett’s “Felt in the Jaw”

Day 30: Grace Paley’s “The Little Girl”

Day 31: Kate Folk’s “A Scale Model of Gull Point”

Books that I’m looking forward to reading in 2017

New Year,

new me,

new website endeavors, indeed.

2017 has already hit its stride and although I had planned to come out with this personal list on New Years, it is finally¬†completed. I know a few will resonate while others are a little more on the¬†DL (which I’m still hoping will make the impact they ultimately deserve).


Before I list the books¬†under the month of their release, I’m going to mention that the first book I’ve embarked on for 2017 was SJ Sindu’s I Once Met You But You Were Dead.

It was the winner of Split Lip Magazine’s 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and, just like all the books that¬†I’ve had the pleasure of reading from Split Lip Press, it was an amazing reading experience! Seriously, just sign me up to a lifetime of Split Lip Press books!¬†ūüôā

Sindu’s chapbook¬†is also a great segue to first mention all the Split Lip Press books that are coming out this year and which you’d be crazy – crazy I tell you –¬†to miss out!

I am¬†most excited for this mini list of 2017 books because I love to support¬†Split Lip¬†Press, the authors¬†(whose work I so fortuitously followed¬†online through twitter)¬†and¬†Split Lip’s very own¬†incredible, talented¬†Managing Editor/Publisher, Amanda Miska¬†(whose own writing I¬†eagerly anticipate¬†to see published just as deservedly as the¬†books¬†she¬†helps bring to life).


Here’s Split Lip Press’ 2017 upcoming titles!!

Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena by Melissa Wiley (February 2017, available for pre-order until January 24th so get to it!)

Split Lip Magazine Anthology

Felt in the Jaw by Kristen Arnett

Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home by Shasta Grant



Here¬†are the rest of the¬†books that¬†I’m looking forward to read in 2017:


Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (January 3)

Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller (January 10)

The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is Dead by Chanelle Benz (January 17)

Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh (January 17)

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There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker (February 14)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (February 14)

I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking by Leyna Krow (February 14)

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez (February 21)

Abandon Me by Melissa Febos (February 28)

Tell Me How It Ends (An Essay in Forty Questions) by Valeria Luiselli (February 28)





Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System by Sonya Huber (March 1)

The January Children by Safia Elhillo (March 1)

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (March 7)

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (March 7)

Wait Till You See Me Dance by Deb Olin Unferth (March 21)

Sonora by Hannah Lillith Assadi (March 28)

Map to the Stars by Adrian Matejka (March 28)





Marlena by Julie Buntin (April 4)

A Little More Human by Fiona Maazel (April 4)

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah (April 4)

Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard (April 11)

Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke (April 18)




Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki (May 9)

Large Animals by Jess Arndt (May 9)

The High Places by Fiona McFarlane (May 10)

Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley (May 16)

Isadora by Amelia Gray (May 23)






The Answers by Catherine Lacey (June 6)

Disasters in the First World by Olivia Clare (June 6)

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (June 13)

The Girl of the Lake by Bill Roorbach (June 27)

   Disasters in the First World: Stories by [Clare, Olivia]




Lessons on Expulsion by Erika L. S√°nchez (July 11)

Made for Love by Alissa Nutting (July 4)




Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang (August 1)

Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter (August 8)




I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. S√°nchez (Fall 2017)

An advanced review copy of her novel released on Twitter!










Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (October 3)

Dead Girls by Emily Geminder (October 17)


Well, this is my list so far. I’ll probably add more throughout the year as well. Any other suggestions?

Short Story of the Day – Day 32

Marie-Helene Bertino’s “Free Ham”

Free Ham

Day Thirty-Two

Marie-Helene Bertino tweet

This post was meant for the first day of the month! And¬†what a way to celebrate the first day of February! On this day the editors of¬†The Forge Literary Magazine decided to¬†republish one of¬†Bertino’s stories from her collection and first book, Safe As Houses!¬†Go read it! It’s the first story in her book and a great one to segue to the rest of her wildly inventive and hilarious stories!

P.S. This is my second time one of Bertino’s stories makes its way into the Short Story of the Day series (obviously she’s one of my favorites)¬†so you¬†should check that post as well if you missed it!