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12 New Books Coming in April

Every month, we share the books we can't wait to read. From thrillers to romantic comedies to poetic memoirs, there's something here for every reader.
Tertulia Staff •
Mar 31st, 2023


This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs (April 4)

"I have really fond memories of my mother singing to 'Manic Monday' and 'Walk Like an Egyptian' so when I saw that Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs was coming out with her debut novel about romance and rock, I couldn't wait!" —Romina Raimundo

Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling (April 4)

"At the surface, this book is a dystopian cli-fi thriller with some Black Mirror-esque details such as implants that keep the Internet 'always on' in our heads. But I love books that place strangers together in an unknown territory, and I especially enjoy a good feminist utopia, so I know I'd have fun with this one." —Iliyah Coles

House of Cotton by Monica Brashears (April 4)

"Firstly, what a cover! Secondly, the storyline sounds like it's going to be full of surprises—the often-told narrative of a poor Black woman in the South completely flipped on its head." —Iliyah Coles

Panther Gap by James A. McLaughlin (April 4)

"I’m on a dark Americana kick lately, revisiting classics and hunting for new voices, so a book packed with action, set in the American West, and featuring dangerous family secrets, shadowy figures and superb environmental writing by Edgar Award-winning author James A. McLaughlin is an easy yes." —Erica Landau

The Trackers by Charles Frazier (April 11)

“This Depression Era novel from Charles Frazier (of Cold Mountain fame) follows a painter who—after scoring a dream gig in rural Wyoming with New Deal funding—finds himself in hot pursuit of his rich host’s no-longer-retired vagabond wife, who’s run off with a precious painting. I have always found the New Deal period to be a source of immense inspiration. But unlike the non-fiction I pored over in college, novels like this place us right there amidst the chaos and messiness of humanity.” —Emmanuel Hidalgo-Wohlleben

Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb (April 18)

"Exploring unknown worlds with an elite insider can be such a thrill. That’s why I’m ready to jump into the latest mystery novel from writer-cum-violinist-cum-music teacher Brendan Slocumb uncovering a Jazz Age scandal involving a famous composer and a talented prodigy." —Fernanda Gorgulho

Happy Place by Emily Henry (April 25)

"My happy place is some version of the setting in Emily Henry's latest: tucked away in a New England vacation cottage surrounded by wine, cheese and lobster. Add this book about a couple of freaks who are lying to their friends about the status of their relationship to ensure one last friend getaway makes it into the books drama-free, what could be a better way to ring in spring?" —Fernanda Gorgulho

In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune (April 25)

"I'm a sucker for any story with robots imbued with quintessential human hangups. And I'm loving the set-up for this book, inspired by Pinocchio, that takes places in a strange forest with a motley cast of characters: a fatherly inventor android, a sadistic nurse machine, a small vacuum desperate for love and attention and one human." —Emmanuel Hidalgo-Wohlleben


A Living Remedy: A Memoir by Nicole Chung (April 4)

"The rise of the COVID-era memoir has revealed in raw detail just how many of us are grieving after desperately trying to care for loved ones with a broken healthcare system. Nicole Chung's memoir about her parents passing is a must for me, as she brings context to her own human experience by showing thick detail around the structural inequalities that led to their death." —Romina Raimundo

This Is Not Miami by Fernanda Melchor (April 4)

"I’m from South Florida, so the title drew me in first. I’ll be sticking around for what critics are praising as dark and gorgeous narrative nonfiction featuring misfits and other unsympathetic monsters from the masterful International Booker Prize shortlister, Fernanda Melchor." —Erica Landau

Flying Green: On the Frontiers of New Aviation (April 4) by Christopher de Bellaigue

"Travel makes worth life living if you ask me. Yet, grappling with the guilt of contributing to global emissions puts a real damper on my wanderlust. This book, all about the innovators who are at the cutting edge of green aviation, is a hopeful read on climate for a change." —Lynda Hammes

You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir by Maggie Smith (April 11)

"What's the behind-the-scenes real life like of poets, who have a way of bringing wonder to our own everyday lives? I find an intimate look at a poet's life so intriguing, so I'm really excited to dig into Maggie Smith's memoir." —Fernanda Gorgulho

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