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18 works of nonfiction from around the world to watch for in the first half of 2018

Mark your calendars! These works of nonfiction are coming soon to a bookshelf near you.

Mark your calendars! These works of nonfiction are coming soon to a bookshelf near you.

Getting Off by Erica Garza

Getting Off is American writer Erica Garza's first book. (Simon & Schuster/Rachael Lee Stroud)

What it's about: Journalist Erica Garza is the author of this memoir about a decades-long obsession with pornography and how it affected her life and relationships. 

When you can read it: Jan. 9, 2018

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist and activist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. ( Books)

What it's about: Artist and activist Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of the co-founders of the U.S.-based Black Lives Matter movement. Co-written with Asha Bandele, this memoir takes a look at how negative perception around the social activism movement has strengthened Khan-Cullors' resolve to change a culture that seemingly declares innocent Black life as expendable. 

When you can read it: ​Jan. 16, 2018

A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise by Sandra Allen

Sandra Allen is a writer and editor. (Simon & Schuster/Robert Dubbin)

What it's about: Sandra Allen's illuminative look at living with schizophrenia delves into the curious life of an hermetic uncle who mailed her his sprawling, often incomprehensible manuscript.

When you can read it: Jan. 23, 2018

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is an American writer, editor and publisher. (Knopf/Wikimedia Commons )

What it's about: Dave Eggers pens this true story about young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war.

When you can read it: Jan. 30, 2018

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins is a writer, editor and cultural critic. ( HarperCollins/Sylvie Rosokoff)

What it's about: Morgan Jenkins is an editor and pop culture critic. This Will Be My Undoing is a vibrant collection of linked essays that examine feminism, misogyny and what it means to be a Black woman in the United States.

When you can read it: Jan. 30, 2018

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is a British novelist, short story writer and essayist. (Hamish Hamilton, Dominique Nabokov)

What it's about: The acclaimed writer and novelist is back with an essay collection that poses questions around the impact of social media, global warming and pop culture. 

When you can read it: Feb. 6, 2018

The Rub of Time by Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of 14 novels, a memoir, two short story collections and seven nonfiction books, including The Rub of Time. (Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about: This collection of novelist Martin Amis' essays and reportage throughout the decades reveals a critical eye on topics including politics, literature and celebrity. 

When you can read it: ​Feb. 6, 2018

This Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

Francisco Cantú is a translator and the author of This Line Becomes a River. ( Books)

What it's about: Written by a former U.S. border patrol agent, This Line Becomes a River is an honest glimpse at those who police the U.S.-Mexico border and the migrants who risk — and lose — their lives crossing it.

When you can read it: Feb. 6, 2018

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell's 2010 novel The Hand That First Held Mine won the Costa Novel Award. (Murdo MacLeod/Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about: I Am, I Am, I Am takes an intense look at death and near-death experiences.

When you can read it: Feb. 6, 2018

Educated by Tara Westover

Educated is Tara Westover's first book. (

What it's about: In this memoir, Tara Westover recounts her escape from a violent upbringing and her first day of school at the age of 17. From a childhood spent preparing for the apocalypse to winning a fellowship from the University of Cambridge, Educated looks to be a powerful story of triumph and perseverance.

When you can read it: Feb. 20, 2018

What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. (Alec Soth/Magnum Photos/Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about: This look at life and the power of the human spirit by Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson is a collection of essays on theological, political and contemporary themes.

When you can read it: Feb. 20, 2018

Wrestling with the Devil by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is a novelist and theorist of postcolonial literature. ( Press)

What it's about: This prison memoir details Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's experience as a political prisoner in Kenya and developing a novel while under constant surveillance.

When you can read it: March 6, 2018

See What Can Be Done by Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore is an American fiction writer. (Penguin Random House/Wikimedia Commons/Zane Williams)

What it's about: Novelist and short story writer Lorrie Moore presents more than 50 prose pieces that cover her reviews, essays, writing craft features and more. 

When you can read it: April 3, 2018

And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O'Connell

And Now We Have Everything is Meaghan O'Connell's first book. (Kelly Searle/Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about: Journalist Meaghan O'Connell describes her experience with an unplanned pregnancy and the existential impact of motherhood in this frank memoir. 

When you can read it: April 10, 2018

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya is a human rights activist and author of The Girl Who Smiled Beads. (Julia Zave/Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about: Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when she and her family fled the Rwandan massacre in 1994. Her memoir reflecting on the brutal nature of war and the innocents caught up in it is a reminder of the importance of love and empathy in a cold world. 

When you can read it: April 24, 2018

Not That Bad by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is the author of Bad Feminist, Hunger and Difficult Women. (Lynda Barry/HarperCollins)

What it's about: Prolific writer and critic Roxane Gay shares views on the toxic effects of harassment and rape culture in this anthology of first-person essays. 

When you can read it: May 1, 2018

Mothers by Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose is a writer and academic. (Jonathan Ring/Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

What it's about: British academic Jacqueline Rose highlights the importance of mothers and motherhood from a political, societal and culture perspective in this compelling work. 

When you can read it: May 1, 2018

Sick by Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour is a novelist and the author of the memoir Sick. (Marion Ettlinger/HarperCollins)

What it's about: Porochista Khakpour's battles with chronic illness is explored in this emotional look at health, wellness, anxiety and the uncertainty of life. 

When you can read it: June 5, 2018


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