10 February 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

February 2018 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

Every month, I pick 5 nonfiction and 5 fiction books being released that month that sound like good reads to me, based on my personal preference in topics and genres, as well as advance reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

Some themes in the titles I picked for this month include feminism, crime, historical fiction and identity. It’s always interesting how book releases that are popular in any given month sometimes seem to clump together easily by topic, in response to what is going on in society and what readers are therefore most interested in.

Two of the books are Book Of The Month picks for this month (they really hit it out of the park with their selections for February 2018), and many are also currently available on Net Galley, so there should be lots of options for your TBR list!

Nonfiction Release On Novels And Nonfiction

A False Report Book Release On Novels And Nonfiction

A False Report by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong

Publication Date: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Length In Hardcover: 304 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.21
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Plot TeaserTwo Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists tell the riveting true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the truth. Based on investigative files and extensive interviews with the principals, A False Report is a serpentine tale of doubt, lies, and a hunt for justice, unveiling the disturbing reality of how sexual assault is investigated today–and the long history of skepticism toward rape victims.

Why I'm InterestedObviously the topic is highly-topical, and I’ve been looking for a nonfiction title that could help me better understand the systemic forces at work in both warranted and unwarranted investigations of rape. So many of the stories that have come out of the Me Two movement boil down to he said/she said scenarios in which the instinct is obviously to always believe the woman (as it should be). I’d like to dig deeper into the legal process behind these crimes however, and I think this book would be a good place to start.

LineEducated Book Release On Novels And NonfictionEducated

by Tara Westover

Publication Date: February 20th 2018
Publisher: Random House
Length In Hardcover: 352 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.54

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PaperbackPlot TeaserAn unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

Why I'm InterestedAs you might know by now, I’m a sucker for what I like to call escape and redemption memoirs – in which someone living within extreme circumstances is able to free themselves and restart their life. Westover’s memoir therefore immediately captured my interest and the fact that she turned her life around so thoroghly as to earn a PhD from Cambridge tells me that this is going to be a truly incredible story. The super high rating on Goodreads doesn’t hurt either.

LineThe Future Of Humanity Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe Future Of Humanity

by Michio Kaku

Publication Date: February 28th 2018
Publisher: Doubleday
Length In Hardcover: 352 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.11
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Plot TeaserThe #1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man’s future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies. With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes readers on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars.

Why I'm InterestedI was struggling with deciding which title to pick to complete my nonfiction selections for the month, and I ended up deciding on this one. I’ve never read one of Michio Kaku’s books but I’m hoping that this turns out to what I was looking for but didn’t find in Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus. I’m also hoping that Kaku’s vision for the potential future of humanity is a positive rather than bleak one.

LineI'll Be Gone In The Dark Book Release On Novels And NonfictionI’ll Be Gone In The Dark

by Michelle McNamara

Publication Date: February 27th 2018
Publisher: Harper
Length In Hardcover: 352 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.0

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Plot TeaserI’ll Be Gone in the Dark — the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by McNamara’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.

Why I'm InterestedIt’s so sad that journalist Michelle McNamara passed away from an accidental overdose spurred by the medication she had to take as a result of the anxiety and turmoil that her investigation into this book caused her. I’m definitely a fan of true crime and I think that it’s amazing that her effort to tell the story of The Golden State Killer will be honored by publishing this book posthumously.

LineThe Cadaver King Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe Cadaver King And The Country Dentist by Radley Balko & Tucker Carrington

Publication Date: February 27th 2018
Publisher: Public Affairs
Length In Hardcover: 416 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.0
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Plot TeaserThe Cadaver King and the Country Dentist chronicles how the courts and Mississippi’s death investigation system–a relic of the Jim Crow era–failed to deliver justice for its citizens and recounts the horrifying story of the two men who built successful careers on the back of this system. For nearly two decades, medical examiner Dr. Steven Hayne performed the vast majority of Mississippi’s autopsies, while his friend Dr. Michael West, a local dentist, pitched himself as a forensic jack-of-all-trades. Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington argue that bad forensics, structural racism, and institutional failures are at fault, and raise sobering questions about our criminal justice system.

Why I'm InterestedThis kind of sounds like a must-read along the lines of Just Mercy. That book was really eye-opening for me on the extremely discriminatory realities of the U.S. justice and prison system. The Cadaver King And The Country Dentist has extremely strong reviews on Goodreads from people saying it was such a horrifyingly unfair story that it was almost hard to believe it could have occurred in this country. I’m not one to shirk away from harsh realities so I may end up picking this up.

Fiction Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

The Great Alone Book Release On Novels And Nonfiction

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

Publication Date: February 6th 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Length In Hardcover: 448 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.18

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Plot TeaserAlaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger.

Why I'm InterestedI actually picked this as my February 2018 Book Of The Month pick – before adding another book from this month (The Broken Girls by Simone St. James) and a past pick (The Ocean And The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman) to my box as well. I’m working towards an Alaska book list of a mix of nonfiction and fiction titles set in the state because for some reason – without ever having been to Alaska – I am its biggest fan. Definitely need to make sure I turn my dreams into reality and go there some day soon.

LineAn American Marriage Book Release On Novels And NonfictionAn American Marriage

by Tayari Jones

Publication Date: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Length In Hardcover: 320 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.06
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Plot TeaserNewlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

Why I'm InterestedThis was another February 2018 Book Of The Month option though as I mentioned I decided to pick The Great Alone because as we discussed, Alaska. However, I was fairly intrigued by this title as well. Reviews on Goodreads are solid – no boomeranging up and down from 2 to 4 – and the idea of an unfairly imprisoned man eventually being freed is compelling as well. Not to mention the gorgeous cover. I may add this to one of my Book Of The Month boxes in future months.

LineAs Bright As Heaven Book Release On Novels And NonfictionAs Bright As Heaven

by Susan Meissner

Publication Date: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Length In Hardcover: 400 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.2
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Plot TeaserFrom the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love. In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life. As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world, not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.

Why I'm InterestedI’ve read a really amazing nonfiction book on the 1918 flu pandemic – The Great Influenza by John M. Barry – and it would be interesting to be able to review the two as a book pairing. Although I technically selected this title as one of my January 2018 Book Of The Month picks (as an early release), and therefore I should include it in my usual post for that month. We’ll see! I’m the boss here at Novels and Nonfiction so whatever I say goes ;).

LineFreshwater Book Release On Novels And NonfictionFreshwater

by Akwaeke Emezi

Publication Date: February 13th 2018
Publisher: Grove Press
Length In Hardcover: 240 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.2
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Plot TeaserAn extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, this novel is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

Why I'm InterestedThere was something in the description of this book that really attracted me. I think it’s the idea of having multiple fragmented identities. Bear with me, I don’t have a dissociative personality disorder, but I am an immigrant here in America and my life has been divided between childhood and teenage years in Italy and adulthood in LA. I wonder if I’d feel kinship to Emezi’s protagonist, although her identity issues seem on a different scale.

LineSong Of A Captive Bird Book Release On Novels And NonfictionSong Of A Captive Bird

by Jasmin Darznik

Publication Date: February 13th 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Length In Hardcover: 416 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.16
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Plot TeaserA spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destiny. All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden. It’s during the summer of 1950 that Forugh’s passion for poetry really takes flight—and that tradition seeks to clip her wings. Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write. Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad’s verse, letters, films, and interviews, and including original translations of her poems.

Why I'm InterestedI’m really intrigued by the idea that this book is based on the life of a real writer, that is then novelized into a work of fiction. I wonder how Farrokhzad herself would have felt about this. I like the idea that some of Farrokhzad’s poems will be incorporated into the narrative and am interested to see how the strong feminist themes of the novel are adressed. I recently finished Until We Are Free by Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, and the two titles would probably make a good book pairing.

LineWhich of these February 2018 Book Releases are you most interested to read? Let me know in the comments!

You can also take a look at my 2017 Wrap-Up for a list of books I reviewed this past year, and here are lists December 2017/January 2018, November 2017 and October 2017 as well.

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  27 comments for “10 February 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

  1. February 3, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I’m also excited for Educated. Happy reading!

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  2. February 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve just requested Educated and really like the look of

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  3. February 4, 2018 at 3:44 am

    I have been hearing quite a bit about both Educated and A False Report. They both sound interesting, but intense.

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  4. February 4, 2018 at 6:54 am

    I’m with you on the Alaska love. I got hooked on the Alaska magic after reading The Snow Child. There’s just something about it, isn’t there? So I definitely have The Great Alone on my list, plus an American Marriage and Song of a Captive Bird. Freshwater looks like my kind of book, and this is the first I’ve heard of it. Thank you!

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    • February 4, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Yay for Alaska love! Have you read Eowyn Ivey’s second novel To The Bright Edge Of The World? It’s really good. I published an author spotlight on her last year that has a review of it.

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  5. Sarah's Book Shelves
    February 4, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    So much great stuff on here! I loved An American Marriage – favorite novel of 2018 so far. And I’m reading I’ll Be Gone in the Dark right now…I knew McNamara died, but didn’t know how. Wow – that’s awful. I’m loving it so far…great story-telling style. And False Report and Educated are both on my TBR.

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    • February 4, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      I had to look up news about once I read the plot teaser because it just sounded so mysterious and awful – I find accidental overdoses to be so incredibly sad. You’re trying to feel better and instead never wake up 😦 Hope I didn’t spoil the book for you though!

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  6. February 4, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    I have a copy of I’ll Be Gone In The Dark and I’ll read it soon :-).. I’m interested in true crime as well and this does sound very intriguing! Great list!

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  7. February 4, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I really liked A False Report, Cadaver King, and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (I especially loved this one). The first two are on such important and yet mind-blowingly unbelievable topics, and Michelle McNamara’s is just something else. So sad that she passed away unexpectedly, her dedication and hard work to solving that case were so admirable.

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    • February 5, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      Well the recommendations coming from you mean a lot. Definitely makes me want to check them out even more 🙂

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  8. February 4, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Great list! I’m also particularly excited about Michio Kaku’s new book and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.

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  9. February 5, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I saw The Cadaver King And The Country Dentist on Netgalley a while ago and I completely forgot about it until just now! I’d be interested in seeing your thoughts on it if you do read it! 🙂 It sounds hard-hitting

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  10. February 5, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    I’m really looking forward to Song of a Captive Bird- it’s exactly the kind of diverse reading I’m looking for these days. I read The Great Alone and was quite disappointed, but I may be alone on that. The Alaska aspect is beautiful but the drama gets to be a bit much.

    This is such a great post! Did you know that Tara over at RunningnReading now does a TBR monthly linkup? I haven’t joined in yet but it’s another great way to get the word out about your blog.

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    • February 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      That’s unfortunate to hear about The Great Alone! I hope I have a different reading experience 🙂 I’ll have to look up Tara’s linkup. Thanks for letting me know about this! This isn’t truly a TBR list for the month but rather a release spotlight – could still work though.

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  11. February 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I have to say that you have some exciting reading ahead! I’ve just finished both The Great Alone and An American Marriage and they are both captivating; I hope you enjoy them! I am very intrigued by Educated; Susie (at Novel Visits) is having good luck with it right now, so I may add it to my audiobook list.

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    • February 9, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      I can’t express how excited I am about The Great Alone. I may just have to jump ahead in by BOTM reading for it 😉

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  12. February 7, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Educated is really intriguing! I also chose The Great Alone for BOTM, and As Bright as Heaven last month. I read the latter already and I liked it–maybe a little predictable, but I didn’t know a lot about the Spanish flu so that aspect was really interesting.

    I hadn’t heard of Freshwater, but it sounds highly original–I’ll be watching for your review.

    Hope these are winners for you!

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    • February 9, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Hmm good to hear about As Bright As Heaven. I’m reading through my December books right now but then I’ll be hitting the January ones. I’m going to get caught up no matter what! I just can’t help ordering the maximum number of books every month. They’re so cheap for new hardcovers and I’m always curious about a lot of their picks 🙂

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