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Bookworms and casual readers alike have a lot to look forward to in 2023, especially if you’re into female-led novels or non-fiction works. Next year’s new release calendar is stacked with good reads, though a few stand out above the rest.
From Prince Harry’s first memoir, which has the press and the British royal family on the edge of their seats, to Curtis Sittenfeld’s new entertainment industry drama, there is something on the way for all tastes. And these are the tip of the literary iceberg.
Whether you’re looking for a thriller, a true story, or a heartwarming romance, here are eight of 2023’s most anticipated books.
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Prince Harry didn’t hold back much in a recent Netflix documentary Harry & Meghanbut the king seems to be told more in his memorial, the 10th of January.
Not much is known about the book beyond press speculation, though we expect some bombshells to drop (some outlets are calling it “unbiased”). With good reason, it is one of the most anticipated works of non-fiction of 2023.
Thriller fans should help Yellowface to their holiday wish list. The story, written by the author of the best-seller Babel, follows Juniper, who steals a dead woman’s handwriting and publishes it for herself. When his recent success is in jeopardy, Juniper will go to any length to preserve it. Look for it in stores and online on May 25th.
Women’s sports often come second to men, which is the focus of Lauren Fleshman’s new non-fiction work. The book is both a personal account of Fleshman’s experience as an elite runner and a general look at the underachievement of young female athletes in the sport.
The book, out on January 10, is perfect for anyone who needs some extra inspiration to hit the gym in the New Year.
This mystery, from the author of The watchmaker’s daughter, across generations, tells the story of a cold case discovered in Australia. The book focuses on Jess, a journalist, and her grandmother Nora, who has a secret history connected to a terrible crime. Recommended for those who like page turners that focus on family rather than romance.
This star-studded romance brings a sketch comedy writer into the orbit of dreamy pop star Noah Brewster. Imagine Saturday Night Live with rom-com energy. Romantic Comedy is a sequel to Sittenfeld’s 2021 novel Rodham, a fictional portrait of Hilary Rodham Clinton, and we hope it’s just as convincing. Look for the story in stores and online on April 4.
What can’t Tom Hanks do? The actor released a series of short stories, but this story is bigger in scope. Set in Hollywood, it spans 80 years and looks at the efforts of filmmaking. The novel, out May 9, is both imaginative and based on Hanks’ own experiences in the industry.
Rebecca Makkai’s latest story, The Great Believer, is the kind of book that sticks with you. Its follow-up, about a professor forced to face his traumatic past, looks just as brilliant. Out Feb. 21, the novel is equal parts literary tale of collective memory and page-turning mystery.
Comic fans like Circe should order in advance Phaedra, a retelling of the Greek story about the daughter of King Minos of Crete and Pasiphae. The book, out on January 10, is a dramatization of Phaedra’s quest for justice after marrying Theseus. He’s a lesser-known figure in Greek mythology, but he deserves his own story.