If you’re anything like us, you’ve blown through your stash of books on the nightstand and are looking for something new to enjoy. Have no fear! We’ve compiled a list of page-turning new releases from independent publishers to be on the lookout for.
Check them out below!
Angela Davis: An Autobiography by Angela Y. Davis
Angela Davis has been a political activist at the cutting edge of the Black Liberation, feminist, queer, and prison abolitionist movements for more than 50 years. First published and edited by Toni Morrison in 1974, An Autobiography is a powerful and commanding account of her early years in struggle. Told with warmth, brilliance, humor and conviction, Angela Davis’s autobiography is a classic account of a life in struggle with echoes in our own time.
Publication Date: January 18
The Art of Protest: Political Art and Activism edited by Gestalten
Thanks to art’s ability to communicate and influence, it has always had a charged relationship with activism and politics. And, given the tumultuous times in which we live, with traditional democracies being challenged from all sides, the changing climate, global movements for social justice, and political upheaval causing millions to search for a better life abroad, this relationship has never been more important. The Art of Protest will explore the connection between art, politics, and activism today, revealing how, over the past decade, artists have been engaging with political and social issues of all kinds, through different artistic mediums.
Publication Date: February 1
New Animal by Ella Baxter
Amelia Aurelia is approaching thirty and her closest relationships — other than her mother — are through her dating apps. She works at the family mortuary business as a cosmetic mortician with her eccentric step-father and older brother, whose throuple’s current preoccupation is with what type of snake to adopt. When Amelia’s affectionate mother passes away without warning, she is left without anchor. Fleeing the funeral, she seeks solace with her birth-father in Tasmania and stumbles into the local BDSM community, where her riotous attempts to belong are met with confusion, shock, and empathy.
Hilarious and heartfelt, New Animal reveals hard-won truths as Amelia struggles to find her place in the world without her mother, with the help of her two well-intentioned fathers and adventures at the kink club.
Publication Date: February 15
The Southernization of America by Frye Gaillard and Cynthia Tucker
In 1974 John Egerton published his seminal work, The Americanization of Dixie. Pulitzer Prize-winner Cynthia Tucker and award-winning author Frye Gaillard carry Egerton’s thesis forward in The Southernization of America, a compelling series of linked essays considering the role of the South in shaping America’s current political and cultural landscape. Tucker and Gaillard bring a multiracial perspective and years of political reporting to bear on a critical moment in American history, a time of racial reckoning and democracy under siege.
Publication Date: February 15
The Little Book of Taylor Swift from Orange Hippo!
This collection of Taylor’s relatable, inspiring and hugely optimistic quotes and lyrics reveals a caring, generous personality who is all about ‘the feels’ and following your dreams. Sparkling with positivity and feel-good vibes, Taylor is always there to give you the best advice and lift you up when you’re down – she’s your own personal cheerleader.
Publication Date: February 17
Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution by Elie Mystal
MSNBC legal commentator Elie Mystal thinks that Republicans are wrong about the law almost all of the time. Now, instead of talking about this on cable news, Mystal explains why in his first book.
Allow Me to Retort is an easily digestible argument about what rights we have, what rights Republicans are trying to take away, and how to stop them. He strips out all of the fancy jargon conservatives like to hide behind and lays bare the truth of their project to keep America forever tethered to its slaveholding past.
Publication Date: March 1
Radical Justice: Lifting Every Voice by Accra Shepp
Radical Justice brings together two bodies of socially-engaged photographic portraiture by Accra Shepp, who has documented New York City’s Occupy Wall Street movement starting in 2011 and its racial justice/BLM protests since 2020.
Publication Date: March 15
Imaginable by Jane McGonigal
A world-renowned future forecaster and game designer teaches us to envision the future before it arrives—and gives us the tools to help shape the world we want to live in.
In Imaginable, Jane McGonigal draws on the latest scientific research in psychology and neuroscience to show us how to train our minds to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable, teaching us to be fearless, resilient, and bold in realizing a world with possibilities we cannot yet imagine.
Publication Date: March 22
The Temps by Andrew DeYong
They’re underemployed. Underpaid. And trying to survive the end of the world while trapped inside an office complex. Who knew temp work could be this dangerous?
A surprising, profound tribute to the absurdities and paranoia of modern life, The Temps is an epic exploration of survival and human connection in the digital age.
Publication Date: March 29
Rebel Girls Climate Warriors: 25 Tales of Women Who Protect the Earth from Rebel Girls
With fairy tale-like stories about Greta Thunberg, Autumn Peltier, and Rachel Carson, Rebel Girls Climate Warriors: 25 Tales of Environmental Allies spotlights the world-changing work of women on the frontlines of the fight for climate justice.
Meet conservationists, activists, water protectors, philanthropists, authors, and other women from all over the world who have stood up to polluters and used their amazing talents to protect the planet. Climate Warriors is part of the award-winning Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series.
Publication Date: March 29
Love + Work by Marcus Buckingham
For the past twenty-five years New York Times bestselling author Marcus Buckingham has been the world’s leading researcher into strengths, human performance, and the future of how people work. In Love + Work, he helps us discover where we are at our best–both at work and in life.
Publication Date: April 5
Mama: A World of Mothers and Motherhood by Helene Delforge, and illustrated by Quentin Greban
Powerful, emotive, unforgettable – Mama speaks to all mothers in the international language of love.
This is a stunning collection of twenty-one vivid portraits and intimate reflections on motherhood from around the globe. Mama uniquely portrays the emotions and experiences that unite mothers from different times and diverse cultures.
Publication Date: April 5
The Quaking of America by Resmaa Menakem
The New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands surveys the deteriorating political climate and presents an urgent call for action to save ourselves and our country. The Quaking of America is a unique and perfectly timed guide to help us navigate our widespread upheaval and build an antiracist culture.
Publication Date: April 12
All the Secrets of the World by Steve Almond
A sweeping social novel, All the Secrets of the World introduces readers to a cast of indelible characters while illuminating the moment in our national history when the call for law and order became the dominant force within our public life. For fans of both Little Fires Everywhere and Breaking Bad, Steve Almond’s long-awaited debut novel is a propulsive tour de force–the sheer scope, moral complexities, and piercing insights mark a writer at the height of his powers.
Publication Date: April 19
Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day by Davina Bell, and illustrated by Allison Cloys
The follow-up to bestselling All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys, Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day is an uplifting and healing book that every family needs in an era of overwhelming change.
Publication Date: May 13
The Anarchists’ Club by Alex Reeve
It’s tough to be a preacher’s kid, and for Leo Stanhope it may be harder than for most. He was born Charlotte, and in the Reverend Pritchard’s home–as in all of Victoria’s England–there is little room for persons unwilling to know their place and stick to it. And things are about to get harder: There’s a gentleman who knows the secret that could get Leo locked up for life, and this so-called gentleman is not above a spot of blackmail. There is a bright spot, though, in the form of two little kids who are teaching Leo’s heart to open again, after a wretched year. In warming to them, he realizes how much more he has to learn. Leo knows how to be a man. Now he must learn to be a father.
Publication Date: May 17
The Private Life of Public Birds: Learning to Listen to the Birds Where We Live by Jack Gedney, illustrated by Anna Kus Park
Jack Gedney’s studies of birds provide resonant, affirming answers to the questions: Who is this bird? In what way is it beautiful? Why does it matter? Masterfully linking an abundance of poetic references with up-to-date biological science, Gedney shares his devotion to everyday Western birds in fifteen essays. Each essay illuminates the life of a single species and its relationship to humans, and how these species can help us understand birds in general.
Join Gedney in the enchanted world of these not-so-ordinary birds, each enlivened by a hand-drawn portrait by artist Anna Kus Park.
Publication Date: May 17
The Reservoir by David Duchovny
The Reservoir follows an unexceptional man in an exceptional time. We see our present-day pandemic world and New York City through the eyes of a former Wall Street veteran, Ridley, as he, in his enforced quarantined solitude, looks back upon his life. He examines his wins, his failures, the gnawing questions—his career, his divorce, his estranged daughter—and wonders what it all means and who he really is.
Publication Date: June 7
Till the Wheels Fall Off by Brad Zellar
From roller rinks and record players to coin-operated condom dispensers and small-town mobsters, Till the Wheels Fall Off is a novel about an unconventional childhood among the pleasures and privations of the pre-digital era.
Publication Date: July 12
Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda, translated by Alison Watts
Set in Tokyo over the course of one night, Aki and Hiro have decided to be together one last time in their shared flat before parting. Their relationship has broken down after a mountain trek during which their guide died inexplicably. Now each believes the other to be a murderer and is determined to extract a confession before the night is over. Who is the murderer and what really happened on the mountain?
In the battle of wills between them, the chain of events leading up to this night is gradually revealed in a gripping psychological thriller that keeps the reader in suspense to the very end.
Publication Date: July 26