Here we have eight of the best books of 2019, and we will be adding based on the newest books we discover.
2019 is coming to an end, and so far, this year has readers great new fiction and nonfiction titles. These are our varied fiction favorites released this year: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, Age of Light by Whitney Scharer.
Use this list to help you find your new flight read, or beach read that is perfect for your commute. And do not forget to check back to see more new releases to make the 2019 list even bigger.
Gilbert’s last novel, City of Girl’s,is a shocking novel about a 19 year old girl who falls out of Vassar and moves to Manhattan to live with her aunt which is the owner of a falling theater. Introduced to the playhouse’s showgirls who make 1940s New York their playground-sleeping with men, staying out drinking until morning-Vivian embeds herself in the theater and comes to realize what kind of life she wants to live. Now, as she is about to enter her ninetieth decade, she is more than ready to tell her story. This is a great summer read.
You have done everything right your entire life. You got great grades in school. You launched your career and thrived. You married and had children. You got promotions and raises. You traveled. And just yet. You feel unfulfilled and maybe a little guilty that you feel so unfulfilled. Mary Laura Philpott knows this feeling, she writes so honesty and intimately about perfectionism, expectations (of ourselves, of our lives, of others) depression and anxiety, and more. You’ll laugh out loud and cry. Philpott has a wonderful way of finding humor, even in darker moments. This is the type of book you’ll want to buy for yourself and the women you know.
In the beginning of The Last Romantics,we are transported to the year 2079. Fiona, a bestselling poet, is giving a rare appearance when she's asked by a member of the audience about a woman named in her most famous poem. We go back in time as Fiona tells the story of her upbringing—one where her father passed away suddenly and her mother withdraws from her family for three years, letting her children Renee, Caroline, Joe, and Fiona raise themselves. As the novel and Fiona's story unfolds, readers learn how the siblings' lives unfold. The Last Romantics is a rich family drama for fans.
Marie Mitchell isn’t the usual Cold War novel protagonist: She’s a young black woman working in an almost entirely white, male-staffed FBI. As her career begins, she’s recruited by a CIA operative to help the U.S. overthrow the leader of an African country by seduction. But when she develops real feelings for the revolutionary, she begins to question her duty to country. Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy, inspired by true events, is a thrilling, original read.
Though she was a successful model, Lee Miller knew she wanted more. After moving to Paris to become an artist, she begins a rocky romance with photographer Man Ray, who teaches her the craft. In The Age of Light, a rich historical novel set in 1930s Paris and the front lines of World War II, Whitney Scharer spotlights a woman who was ahead of but still held back by her time.
Historical fiction fans will love Lynda Cohen Loigman's The Wartime Sisters, a fresh take on the World War II novel. Sisters Ruth and Millie find themselves back in each other's lives after a long estrangement when Millie and her son turn up on Ruth's doorstep needing a place to stay. While the two help the war effort by working at an armory factory in Massachusetts, their past secrets bubble to the surface. Worth the read.
Are dreams a window into the future or merely random thoughts? In Karen Thompson Walker’s The Dreamers, a small California college town is suddenly the site of a mysterious, rapidly spreading disease that causes victims to fall into a deep sleep. With mellifluous prose, Walker traces victims’ experiences (awake and asleep), along with how their family members, friends, and doctors respond to the crisis.
In Masha Maren's impressive debut, Jodi McCarty is released from prison after an 18-year sentence and is determined not to repeat past mistakes. While wandering around the South, she meets a young woman named Miranda, who has just left an abusive relationship. Together, they go looking for someone from Jodi's past and head to West Virginia followed by the demons that haunt them both. This slow-burning novel asks if we can ever really escape the past and start over.