Love birds have used the month of February to shower their partners with affection and goodies for years while singles were expected to hide away and simple wait for the mushy holiday to be over. But that all stops in 2018. Recently, singles have reclaimed this love-centered month as a time to invest in self-care, find time to better themselves, and treat both themselves and their gal pals to a little something special — we freakin' love it! Whether you're currently single or simply looking to invest in some quality me-time, we're celebrating this self-focused month by treating ourselves to something we love: brand new books. Here are 13 amazing new books out this February that we can't wait to cozy up on a sofa and binge-read.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah ($29):
After coming home from Vietnam as a prisoner of war, Ernt Allbright has a mental state that's far from ideal. Without any warning, Ernt makes an impulsive decision to move his entire family to Alaska and live off the grid. Although they're hesitant at first, Ernt's family rallies together for the move, hoping that this new adventure will be the answer to their many problems… including Ernt's mysterious and alarming behavior.
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella ($28):
After the mega success of My Not So Perfect Life
(read our interview with Kinsella about the book
), we can't wait to get our hands on her newest novel. Sylvie and Dan have the perfect married life — they have a beautiful home, fulfilling jobs, and two beautiful twin girls. But when a friend casually mentions to them that they could be together for another 60 years, they panic that their life is too boring and vow to implement more surprises into the marriage. As shocking truths and past scandals are uncovered during project Surprise Me
, this originally innocent mission quickly transforms from a playful idea into a full-fledged disaster.
Brotopia by Emily Chang ($28):
Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang delivers a powerful exposé on Silicon Valley's sexist Brotopia culture in this highly-anticipated new book. From sketchy hot tub meetings to networking at sex parties, Chang reveals the shocking misogynistic philosophy embedded in the very fabric of professional tech ventures. Drawing on her network of insiders, Chang interviews powerful female executives like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer to reveal all the problems with the current culture and uncovers the truth about how we can crack the seemingly-impenetrable Silicon ceiling.
Feel Free by Zadie Smith ($28):
Zadie Smith's newest collection of essays tackles a myriad of topics including the rise of social networks, our love of libraries, and a discussion on how we're going to tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming. In her now iconic style of writing, Smith offers us an inside glance into her innermost thoughts on culture, politics, and her own life.
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig ($26):
Tom Hazard may look like any other middle aged man, but he's actually been alive for centuries — he's performed with Shakespeare, traveled with Captain Hook, and even toasted with Fitzgerald. As Tom moves back to London to become a high school history teacher, he breaks the one rule of the Albatross Society (the secretive society that protects people like Tom): He falls in love with a beautiful French teacher. Now he has to decide whether to remain living in the past or finally begin living in the present in this bighearted love story that's on the top of our to-read list this February.
Educated by Tara Westover ($28):
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover spent the first 17 years of her life preparing for the end of the world. Practically hiding from the world, Westover never saw a doctor or teacher during her entire childhood. But when her brother got into college and came back with all sorts of news and information, Tara taught herself enough math, grammar, and science to take the ACT and gain acceptance into Brigham Young University. With an entire world of new information and events opened up to her — from the Civil Rights Movement to the Holocaust — Tara's quest for knowledge takes her to Harvard and Cambridge in this stunning memoir about the value of education.
Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer ($24):
How we think and feel about female relationships have changed a lot over the past few decades. While stories of the female friendships of yesteryear were tainted with rivalry and were easily tossed aside as soon as a guy entered the picture, today's stories put extreme value on the connection between two gal pals — from Broad City
shenanigans to Parks and Recreation's
Galentine's Day. In this awesome non-fiction book, Kaylen Schaefer relays her personal journey of modern female friendship and discusses the many popular stories that have shaped our modern day interpretation of being gal pal.
The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard ($16):
It's the year 1944 and 18 year-old June Walker is headed to Oak Ridge, Tennessee — a town that doesn't officially exist. Here she'll join hundreds of other young ladies who are tasked to operate massive machines. Although they are told that they are helping to win the war, they must ask no questions about this top secret project and reveal nothing to outsiders. With segregation, security checks, and late-night dance parties, this touching tale showcases the human lives affected by the Manhattan Project.
A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong ($28):
Just one decade ago 18-year-old Marie filed a report to the police saying that a masked man broke into her apartment near Seattle and raped her. But as inconsistencies in her store arose, the police turned their investigation on Marie, eventually charging her with false reporting and branding her a liar. Two years after the incident, a second case was reported that bore an eerie resemblance to Marie's. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong unveil the shocking truth of this true crime story based on investigator files and extensive interviews.
Mrs. by Caitlin Macy ($27):
Despite her shadowy past, Philippa Lye rose to the height of society by marrying the head of last family-held investment bank in New York City. Even though she refuses to get mixed up in Upper East Side gossip culture, Philippa finds herself in the middle of a scandal when her childhood acquaintance Gwen uncovers a secret about Philippa's single days. When Gwen's prosecutor husband makes a connection between Philippa's secret and his current investigation, the whole society is rocked to its very core in Macy's highly-anticipated new societal drama.
The French Girl by Lexie Elliot ($26):
Kate Channing and her five university friends from Oxford plan on spending a peaceful week together in a French farmhouse. It's here that they meet Severine, the girl next door, whose beauty captures the heart of many members of the group. Almost a decade after the shocking altercation that transpired during last night of the holiday, Severine's body is found in the well behind the farmhouse and suspicions begin to fall to Kate and her blurry memory.
I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell ($26):
Maggie O'Farrell's life has been disrupted by a series near-death experiences — the childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, a teenage yearning to escape that almost ended in disaster, an encounter with a disturbed man, and a daily struggle to protect her daughter from a vulnerable condition. In O'Farrell's stunning new memoir, she recounts these 17 near-death encounters that have shaped her life for better or worse.
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi ($24):
Ada is a young Nigerian woman who has always had several separate selves live within her. As she moves from Nigeria to America for college, this group of selves grows stronger and a traumatic assault leads her to create two distinct alternate selves: Asughara and Saint Vincent. Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, Akwaeke Emezi harrowing story about mental health and identity creation is unquestionably exquisite.
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