Fiction and nonfiction I look forward to reading in 2018 and a few I missed from 2017, listed in no particular order:

1. Though I Get Home by YZ Chin, Feminist Press at CUNY (April 10, 2018)

This collection of interlinked stories won the Louise Meriwether First book Prize. The stories are far-ranging and examine global versus intimate relationships against the backdrop of post-colonial Malaysian culture.







2. Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez, Feminist Press at CUNY (July 10, 2018)

A collection of short stories about Puerto Rican girls caught between the true love of their dreams and the reality of their futures.







3. Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee, Pamela Dorman Books (January 16, 2019)

The story of two sisters, Lucia and Miranda, told in alternating points of view. When their mother dies, Lucia starts hearing voice, and Miranda moves into the role of protector. This is heart-wrenching women’s fiction about tough choices in relationships.







4. In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt, Central Avenue Publishing (April 1, 218)

Haupt explores heavy subjects, political and personal, in this story of three women searching for the same man for very different reasons. Set against the Rwandan genocide and the Civil Rights movement.








5. West: A Novel by Carys Davies, winner of the 2015 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, Scribner (April 24, 2018)

In the late 19th century, a restless man embarks on a dangerous zoological expedition, leaving his child at home with his sister Julie. West explores themes of existential yearning, wonder, and isolation in a majestic and unforgiving landscape. 







6. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (January 9, 2018)

Benjamin spins a tale of a traveling psychic who can predict the date of anyone’s death. These prophecies shape the next fifty years of the four children Gold children and looks at destiny versus choice and reality versus illusion. A #1 Indie Next Pick, #1 LibraryReads Pick and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.







7. Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan, Lake Union Publishing (January 1, 2018)

A young pilot, Katya Ivanova, uses her wings to serve Russian in 1941 against the wishes of her artist husband. Assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, Katya as a “Night Witch” strikes terror into the Germans with her nocturnal raids.







8. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore, Sourcebooks (April 18, 2017)

Marie Curie’s discovery of radium opened up new job opportunities. Working with the element, women become covered with the radioactive dust and glow in the dark, becoming known as “shining girls”. Employers ignored the potential side effects, and their employees mysteriously become ill.







9. Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Doubleday (July 31, 2018)

Contreras blends genres here, blending a coming of age story, a mystery, and an immigrant tale, all set in Bogotá against the violence of the 1990s.








10. Red Clocks: A Novel by Leni Zumas, Little, Brown and Company (January 16, 2018)

A dystopian look at a near-future America where abortion is illegal, IVF banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to at conception. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.







11. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea, One of Bustle’s 25 Most Anticipated Fiction Books of 2018, Little, Brown and Company (March 6, 2018)

An American portrait of an immigrant story. Dying of cancer, family patriarch “Big Angel” throws a farewell party for himself. It turns into a double good-bye when his mother dies as the party approaches.








12. Future Home of the Living God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich, A New York Times Notable Book of 2017, Harper (November 14, 2017)

I think this should be read in conjunction with Red Clocks as both are dystopian looks at women, motherhood, and reproductive rights. Women are giving birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of human. Congress is considering confining pregnant women and rewarding those who turn them in.







13. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, Riverhead Books (April 3, 2018)

A shy college freshman, Greer Kadetsky, senses an unfulfilled ambition within herself but doesn’t know what she’s longing for. She meets Faith Frank, long a leader of the women’s movement. Frank inspires Greer to follow a different path, but one that pulls Greer away from her true love, Cory. 







14. The Pisces: A Novel by Melissa Broder, Hogarth (May 1, 2018)

Lucy and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic fashion. When she sinks into depression, her sister insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer in Venice Beach. She falls in love with an attractive swimmer on the beach, only to learn he’s a merman.







15. Ask Me About My Uterus A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman, NATIONZ (March 6, 2018)

Norman, using her own battle with endometriosis, explores how women’s complaints about their health are ignored. She shows how women’s health issues are ignored in a never-ending war for power, control, medical knowledge, and truth. A physician myself, I know medicine—and the insurance companies—need to refute the belief that being a woman is a preexisting condition.








16. Doing Harm The Truth about How Bad Medicine & Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed Misdiagnosed & Sick by Maya Dusenbery, HarperOne (March 6, 2018)

Gender bias infects every level of medicine and healthcare today leading to inadequate, inappropriate, and even dangerous treatment that threatens women’s lives and well-being. In this expose, Dusenbery, the editorial director of, reveals how reveals how conditions that are neglected and under-researched. Despite evidence showing the biological differences between the sexes, modern medicine is designed to treat a 70 kilogram white man.







17. The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison “Promiscuous” Women by Scott W. Stern, Beacon Press (May 8, 2018)

From 1910 through the 1950’s many woman were imprisoned, often without due process, under the “American Plan”. Officials simply suspected these women of being prostitutes, infected with STIs, or simply “promiscuous”. Nina McCall was one of these women. She sued her captors.







18. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman, Henry Holt and Co. (April 18, 2017)

Vincent and Theo Van Gogh were friends as well as brothers. Theo provided support to Vincent as he struggled as an artist. Drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined.







19. Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2017)

The second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, draws heavily on the memoir he began as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Dare Not Linger provides a moving sequel to his worldwide bestseller Long Walk to Freedom and tells the story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality.







20. The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks, Knopf (October 24, 2017)

I’ve adored Oliver Sacks since reading The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat while I was in medical school.  Able to shift effortlessly between the issues and ideas of most arts and sciences, in this book, he ponders the nature not only of human experience, indeed, of all life—including botanical life. Known as the Poet Laureate of Medicine, Sacks died in August 2015. The River of Consciousness is the last book he oversaw.