The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
Why you’ll love it: Fans of the Canadian author’s swirling, lyrical prose will fall for this melancholic love story set in gritty 1920s Montreal. Rose and Pierrot are best friends who grew up at the same orphanage and share a love for the theatre and the circus, but are tethered to the reality of circumstance.
Release date: February 7
Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
Why you’ll love it: When Schwalbe’s mother was dying of pancreatic cancer, the two started their private own book club, a journey he chronicled in 2012's, The End of Your Life Book Club. Now the author returns with an equally thought-provoking tome about why we read and how it can change how we and others see the world.
Release date: Dec. 27 (Okay, it’s technically out in 2016, but we had to include it!)
South and West by Joan Didion
Why you’ll love it: The contains portions of the notebooks from the author’s 1970s road trip into the Deep South with her husband. In other words, it’s a free pass into the never-not-firing synapses of the brilliant American author.
Release date: March 7