As the rain starts to fall and the flowers start to bloom, it’s a great time to grab a new book that increases your knowledge of the world and the people in it. Nonfiction offers so much insight into different topics, and explores important themes, such as love, trauma, social inequality, family and the environment. Here are our most anticipated nonfiction books of spring 2023.
Here are the most anticipated memoirs coming out in 2023>>
Who Gets Believed? by Dina Nayeri (3/7)
Dina Nayeri questions why honest asylum seekers are seen as liars and examines our culture’s views on believability. With shocking case studies and asylum interviews, this groundbreaking book will make you rethink everything about lies, truths, and the difference between being believed and dismissed.
Letters to a Writer of Color edited by Deepa Anappara & Taymour Soomro (3/7)
This collection of essays is filled with empathy, wisdom, instruction and inspiration. The essays come from a variety of writers of color who share their knowledge, experiences, and lessons for writing fiction, and they open up a larger conversation about inclusivity in storytelling.
Once Upon a Tome by Oliver Darkshire (3/14)
Years ago, Oliver Darkshire applied to work at one of the world’s oldest bookshops, Henry Sotheran Ltd, which was opened in 1761. Darkshire was surrounded by incredible first editions and rich history, as well as the ghost of the late Mr. Sotheran. In this memoir, Darkshire shares tales of Sotheran’s brushes with history, like Dickens and the Titanic. He shares trivia about books and the strange role they play in our lives while composing a love letter to antiquarian bookselling.
Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond (3/21)
The United States has more poverty than any other advanced democracy while being the richest country on earth. Why? Sociologist Matthew Desmond pulls history, research, and original reporting to show that poverty exists because all financially secure people benefit from it. This fierce book gives us a different perspective on one of the country’s most urgent problems.
The Best Strangers in the World by Ari Shapiro (3/21)
Broadcaster Ari Shapiro details his journeys around the world, from traveling on Air Force One with President Obama to following the paths of Syrian refugees fleeing war. Shapiro’s goal is to get people to listen to one another and find commonality even when it seems there isn’t any. The primary message of this book is that at our core, we are all human.
Birdgirl by Mya-Rose Craig (3/28)
For Mya-Rose Craig, birdwatching is a part of her identity. This memoir follows Mya-Rose and her family as they journey around the world looking for rare birds and stunning landscapes. As her mother’s mental health worsens, the Craig family finds peace in nature. With this book, Mya-Rose joins environmental activists and advocates for nature and its gift to humanity.
Justice is Served by Leslie Karst (4/4)
When Leslie Karst was given the chance to cook dinner for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her husband, she didn’t know if she could handle such a high-stakes event. This book is Karst’s honest recollection of this challenge. Furthermore, Karst shares how the planning, prepping, and execution of the event created a new connection between her and her partner and parents. The life changes Karst made go beyond a dinner party and continue to inspire her each day.
A Living Remedy by Nicole Chung (4/4)
This emotional memoir explores family dynamics, social classes, grief, and some of America’s most grievous inequalities. From her father’s death to her mother’s cancer diagnosis and the distance between them during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chung sheds light on the endurance and strength of family bonds.
In Our Shoes by Brianna Holt (4/11)
In this memoir, Brianna Holt shares essays about young Black women and the stereotypes that they are held to in America. Holt dismantles myths and preconceived notions about Black womanhood through searing commentary, personal anecdotes, reportage, and interviews. Her hope for this book is that readers will learn, empathize, reflect and take action.
The Golden Ticket by Irena Smith (4/18)
Irena Smith works as a private college counselor for some of America’s most ambitious students. She resides in Palo Alto, California, a city that is home to luxury, wealth, success and prestige. Told as a series of responses to college application essay prompts, Smith offers a broader definition of success.
Honey, Baby, Mine by Laura Dern & Diane Ladd (4/25)
From award-winning actress and activist Laura Dern and her legendary mother, Diane Ladd, comes a collection of vulnerable conversations that shed light on their lives. They also include personal photographs, family recipes, and other mementos as they discuss love, marriage, divorce, sex, art, ambition and legacy.
Underwater Daughter by Antonia Deignan (5/2)
Tuni was sexually abused by her father from a young age, and her mother was a silent witness. The abuse stopped when Tuni was 11, but three years later, she was raped by an adult she worked closely with. These traumas shaped the trajectory of her life, and this deeply personal memoir explores the struggles she faced, the relationship with her parents, and the bike accident at age fifty-five that forced her to examine her life and her choices.
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