Books to Unwind with this Weekend

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When you’re a trailblazing #girlboss, it’s not easy to completely unplug from the work world during the weekend. For all those women looking for books to unwind with and get lost in a great page-turner, these are the new binge-worthy titles you won’t be able to put down…at least until the alarm goes off on Monday morning!

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

After a sweeping spread of disease and a nuclear war, Lynn McBride thinks that the world as she knows it is over. Then, a mysterious stranger shows up on her homestead with a proposal that could permanently restore their society. Lynn and Jax will brave the harsh conditions of the Canadian Yukon on their quest to save the world and as Lynn steps into this new role, she’ll find herself and the possibility of a new love in the process. A dangerous narrative of dark secrets and chilling revelations, The Wolves of Winter will transport you to an entirely new world this weekend.

 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

As Oprah’s newest book club pick, An American Marriage brings one couple’s relationship and the American justice system to the forefront. Celestial and Roy have just settled into married life when Roy is sentenced to 12 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Dealing with the sudden change in her life, Celestial will take comfort in the couple’s friend, Andre, and begin to realize her dreams without Roy.  But everything will change when his sentence is overturned after only five years. Can these two find their way back to a happy marriage or has their time apart severed their bond beyond repair?

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale comes a story about resilience and the unwavering bond between mother and daughter. Leni Allbright knows her father has returned a changed man after the Vietnam War.   With the family moves to Alaska, she’ll bear witness to the violent consequences of his transformation. As Leni blossoms into adulthood and falls in love, she’ll have to find a way to keep both her and her mother safe from the dangers of Alaska’s brutal winters as well as the danger that lives within the walls of their cabin.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

This instant New York Times bestseller follows the intricate lives of the four Gold children after their encounter with a traveling psychic. Having learned about the supposed date of their deaths, Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya all grow into their adult lives separately and live life with reckless abandon. Surrounded by haunting secrets, family expectations and magic, these siblings will learn how one bit of information can forever change their lives. This family saga is perfect for fans of Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You.

Things to Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley

If you’ve recently found yourself obsessing over NBC’s This Is Us, this novel is the one you should have at the top of your #TBR pile. When Mae Summers’s fiancé leaves her with nothing but a mysterious note, she finds that her entire life in shambles. Returning home, she’ll quickly come to realize that her family is going through struggles of their own and she’s the only one who can bring everyone back together. A story about family, second chances and new beginnings, Things to Do When It’s Raining is the perfect read to get lost in this weekend.

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

In this New York Times bestselling novel, Vivian Miller is a CIA analyst with a keen eye for catching Russia’s most dangerous agents. On a mission to protect her country from a new looming threat, Vivian will unknowingly put both her job and her family at risk to take down the Russian sleeper cell. Vivian knows she can’t save everyone, but will she be able to choose between her family and her country? For fans of Gone Girl, this novel of sacrifice, allegiance and love is the thrilling novel you’ll be unable to put down once you’ve picked it up.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

If you’re looking to dig into a heartwarming novel on your days off, The Friend is the book you’ll want.  After a woman loses her best friend to suicide, she’ll be left with his Great Dane and a world’s worth of grief. As she and her new canine friend learn how to navigate the world without the man they both loved, they’ll begin their path to healing and moving forward together. In this emotional read, Nunez leaves her readers with much to contemplate about the bonds we rely on and the effects of grief.

Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman

In Sara Ackerman’s debut novel, a mother and daughter band together with the women in their community to support soldiers near their military base during World War II. After the disappearance of Violet Iverson’s husband, she and her daughter Ella are left to pick up the pieces of their lives. As Violet begins to think that Ella knows more than she’s letting onto about her missing father, she’ll come to rely on the pie stand and her new connection with a handsome marine to keep her life and family together. If you love historical fiction like The Nightingale, this new book is the read you’ll want to get your hands on.

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

College freshman Ada can’t help the voices inside of her head and the multiple personalities that have taken over her life. After a traumatic event threatens the fragile fabric of her sanity, two protective identities will come to the forefront and protect her the best they can. Struggling to take control of her life, the young girl will start down a dangerous path that only she can save herself from. An important read about mental illness and complicated family dynamics, Freshwater is one of the year’s most anticipated debut novels.

The Wife by Alafair Burke

Angela didn’t think that a future with NYU professor Jason Powell was possible.  But then their summer fling turned into a full-fledged relationship and then marriage.  She finally gets the opportunity to move to a new place and leave behind her troubled past. Years after the beginning of their new life, two women will come forward with allegations against Jason that he claims are nonsense but when one of the women disappears, she’ll have to look further into the man she shares her home with. You’ll have a hard time paying attention to anything but this thriller from New York Times bestselling author Alafair Burke this weekend.

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