Read Me: 6 Brand New Books You Need To Watch Out For In 2016

Becca Van Sambeck
Becca is a recent Fordham grad, a former German beer hall girl, and a new Brooklyn resident who used to read the dictionary for fun as a kid. She has only gotten slightly less lame since then. She loves pugs, chicken fingers, reading and Game of Thrones.

In 2015 book lovers saw some amazing books released, from long-awaited follow-ups like Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” to Hanya Yanagihara’s epic “A Little Life” and Aziz’s Ansari’s exploration on love, technology and dating in “Modern Romance.” There’s a lot of pressure for authors in 2016, but there’s already some highly anticipated books that we’re hoping will leave just as much of an impact. When you swing by the bookstore in 2016, look for some of these titles:

The Girls by Emma Cline

Expected release: June 14, 2016

Books with “Girl” in their titles are still having their moment. Emma Cline’s debut novel has sparked a lot of hype before its release — Random House bought the book for $2 million in 2014. Inspired by the story of Charles Manson and his murderous “family,” the book will follow one lost girl’s descent into a cult in the 1960s. Fans of crime stories and psychological thrillers will definitely want to look into this book.

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Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma

Expected release: Feb. 16, 2016

Pop culture is filled with tales of 20something friends struggling in New York City — chances are you or your best friend is a fan of “Broad City,” “Girls,” or both — but Kristopher Jansma’s novel promises to be something a little different, as it explores what happens to a group of friends when their lives are interrupted by tragedy.

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In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Expected release: Feb. 9, 2016

Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize winning author, is back at it again with a memoir about her love affair for the Italian language. Lahiri loved the Italian language so much that after years of failing to fully grasp it, she moved her family to Rome to fully immerse herself in it. This unusual love story between an author and language is the perfect pick for the single person on Valentine’s Day — reminding themselves that there are all kinds of loves we can obtain.

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The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

Expected release: May 17, 2016

Anton DiSclafani takes on 1950s Texan socialites in his latest, chronicling the exploits of one glamorous, feisty woman and her complicated friendship with her more responsible best friend. Promising plenty of drama and glitz, the book will take on the 1950s social mores and strange intricacies of female friendship.

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Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs

Expected release: March 29, 2016

It’s been years since Augusten Burroughs alternately shocked and delighted us with his first memoir, “Running With Scissors.” This time, he’s tackling the subject of love and lust by examining all the relationships he’s had in his adult years. Consider it a way more raunchy, personal and candid version of Aziz Ansari’s “Modern Romance” which tackled a similar subject in 2015.

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Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin

Expected release: TBD

Who are we kidding, George R.R. Martin is never going to finish the sixth book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.

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