By: Em Perper

Sneak Peek freaks, by the time you’re reading this, I’ll be at the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association conference in beautiful Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year: free books, new bookseller friends, and loads of new ideas and inspiration. In the meantime, enjoy a glimpse of three of the most exciting new releases landing this Tuesday.

Consider the power of The Power by Naomi Alderman: It’s the first sci-fi book to win the prestigious Baileys prize for women’s fiction. Margaret Atwood personally mentored Alderman, and this work of feminist speculative fiction has garnered comparison to Atwood’s own Handmaid’s Tale. And then there’s the plot itself. The four central characters are Tunde, a journalism student living in Lagos, Nigeria; Roxy, the child of a powerful London criminal; Allie, who lives with her foster parents in the southern United States; and Margo, an American politician. But then something changes: Young women gain the power to kill with a single touch, and their newfound power is a massive threat to the patriarchy. What follows is an intelligent, thrilling page-turner that’ll keep you up all night. (Little Brown and Company/Hachette, $26)

If you’re wrapping up Read Broader 2017 or looking towards your 2018 TBR pile, consider In the Distance by Hernan Diaz. Diaz, who has lived in Argentina, England, Sweden, and the United States, drew on his own nomadic experiences and the isolation of the desert landscape to craft this unusual Western. In the Distance follows a young man, a Swedish immigrant in the United States in the 1800s, as he heads east in search of his missing brother. Along the way, he meets a cast of colorful characters—religious zealots, swindlers, and adventurers. (Coffeehouse/IPS, $16.95)

In the spirit of Hidden Figures, Good Girls Revolt, and Rocket Girls comes Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. According to Kirkus, approximately 11,000 women served as codebreakers, including 70 percent of the Army’s and 80 percent of the Navy’s codebreakers. During their service, however, they couldn’t tell their friends or family about their jobs. Journalist Liza Mundy dove into recently declassified National Security Agency files and interviewed 20 of the surviving women codebreakers to put names and faces to their lifesaving work. (Hachette, $28)


  • Martha Batalha, The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao
  • Helen Benedict, Wolf Season
  • Kristyn Dunnion, Tarry This Night
  • Emily Fridlund, Catapult: Stories
  • Alice Hoffman, The Rules of Magic
  • Shirley Jackson, Dark Tales
  • Lydia Kwa, Oracle Bone
  • Alison McGhee, Never Coming Back
  • Eshkol Nevo, Three Floors Up


  • Ed Asner, The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs
  • Ron Chernow, Grant
  • Beth Ann Fennelly, Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs
  • David Howard, Chasing Phil: The Adventures of Two Undercover Agents with the World’s Most Charming Con Man
  • Taisia Kitaiskaia, Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers
  • Carin Kuoni, Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production
  • Aaron Mahnke, The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures
  • Peter Manseau, The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost
  • Marc Maron, Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live By from the WTF Podcast
  • Lisa Page & Brandon Skyhorse, We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America
  • David Philipps, Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang
  • Noah Strycker, Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World
  • Tori Telfer, Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History


  • Mary Oliver, Devotion: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver