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 🙂


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”