14 Books Coming Out in 2017 That Will Help You Escape This Already Shitty Year

Mark your calendar for these 2017 book releases — hand-picked by the SheKnows staff.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

"Roxane Gay is one of my favorite writers and her new book is a collection of stories about so-called 'difficult women' — sign me up!" — Colleen Stinchcombe, Experts Editor

Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder by Leah Carroll

"My interest in Down City is a little bit personal: I met Leah Carroll at a writing residency a few years ago where another writer dismissed the idea her writing a memoir at such a young age (Leah was in her early 30s at the time), asking what she could possibly have to write about. Leah responded matter-of-factly, "My mom was killed by the mafia when I was four, my dad committed suicide when I was 18." I not only immediately wanted to get to know this woman, but after her presentation to the rest of the group on her James Ellroy-ish investigation into her parents' mysterious deaths, I was dying to read her memoir. After getting to know Leah, I can say confidently she not only has an incredible story, she's an electric and heartbreakingly generous, and, yes, incredible writer as well. Can't wait." — Melissa Kirsch, Deputy Editor

Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn by Chitra Agrawal

 "I am obsessed with Chitra Agrawal's Brookln Delhi relishes, and I love her cultural melange take on Indian cooking on her blog ABCDs of Cooking. So I'm really looking forward to her cookbook of light, fresh, veggie-loving South Indian recipes." — Adriana Velez, Food Editor

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

"I, along with nearly everyone else, loved The Girl on the Train, so you better believe I'm pre-ordering my copy of Paula Hawkins' upcoming release Into the Water. Slated to release May 2, Into the Water is a suspense novel that centers on the discovery of the bodies of a mother and teenage girl at the bottom of a river." — Kristine Cannon, Entertainment Editor

I'd Die for You and Other Lost Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Finally, Fitzgerald's last stories are being published. This collection includes a number of pieces he was unable to publish in the 1930s due to their subject matter. As a lover of Fitzgerald's turns of phrase and his unparalleled ability to make tragic things beautiful, I cannot wait to dive into these 'new' works." — Kaitlin Racine, Experts Editor

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

"This isn't typically the type of book I like to read and I haven't read anything by Saunders yet, but I love anything spooky — and this book is getting great reviews. Lincoln? Creepy cemetery? Count me in." — Kenzie Mastroe, Branded Content Editor

You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson

"I get absurdly proud when a blogger I know (and know to be brilliant) publishes a book, especially when, like Jenny Lawson, they become bestsellers. Jenny draws to manage her anxiety and depression — finding and creating patterns helps her when she's struggling. Her third book grew out of the depression she's been going through over the past year. It's a coloring book of her complex and beautiful patterns, paired with some stories and words that have also helped her. Sharing her art therapy becomes art therapy for her readers, which is the most beautiful pattern of all." — Julie Ross Godar, Executive Editorial Director 

The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia

"From the elusive Prince's first wife, this memoir will shed light on the notoriously private icon and their unique — and ultimately tragic — love story." — Caroline Goddard, SheKnows contributor


Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

"This book is described as 'Wild meets The Breakfast Club meets Gilmore Girls,' and that alone makes me want to read it. In short, though, this YA novel tells the story of Ingrid, a girl who proves to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams by — you guessed it — embarking on a wilderness expedition. The book hit shelves on Feb. 21." — Kristine Cannon, Entertainment Editor

The Vanity Fair Dairies by Tina Brown

"This is completely up my alley. Former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Tina Brown will publish her private diaries — covering everything from her marriage to Harry Evans to her 'battles in the boys club' of Condé Nast. Juicy, juicy. Is it November yet?" — Kristine Cannon, Entertainment Editor

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

"What it's about: A woman has left Earth due to overpopulation. Then a virus wipes out most of humanity on Earth. Feeling hopeless and lonely, she receives a message from Earth: Someone she knows might just be alive. So, she joins a group of survivors and travels back to Earth, in hopes for a new life and a new beginning.

But really, the message is: Outside of its sci-fi elements, really, this book is about finding yourself and your place in the universe.

Count me in." — Kristine Cannon, Entertainment Editor