| By Gale Staff |
There’s something about burying yourself in a good book that can be even more rewarding when it digs deep into lives—whether tangled or traditional. Our April titles let readers follow in the footsteps of women as they navigate their personal journeys that deliver both despairing lows and soaring highs, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Get ready to introduce your readers eager for new stories of inspiration to Libertie, Erin, Jeanette, and Carmen.
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Libertie, a free-born Black girl and daughter of a purposeful mother who was a practicing physician, struggles throughout life with the true meaning of freedom. Resisting her mother’s vision of attending med school and joining her practice, Libertie half-heartedly pursues university studies but soars while singing on stage with two fellow students. When her life gets rockier, she marries a young man from Haiti who promises she’ll be his equal. Discovering not all promises are kept, Libertie contemplates the limits of freedom for herself and for generations to come.
Named one of the most-anticipated books of 2021 by O, The Oprah Magazine; Harper’s Bazaar; The Millions; Refinery29; BuzzFeed; BookPage; and more.
“This pièce de résistance is so immaculately orchestrated that each character, each setting, and each sentence sings.”
— Publishers Weekly
Finding Freedom by Erin French
From Bourdain’s profanity-infused narratives to Reichl’s trailblazing tales, readers can’t get enough of culinary memoirs. Now, Erin French serves up her story of survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up. Before her restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, in rural Maine became a world-dining destination, Erin experienced rock bottoms of darkness, anxiety, addiction, and abuse. Told with honesty and humor, this story will resonate with everyone determined to find their voices, grow stronger, and discover their best selves.
“Engaging stories from the kitchen and beyond. . . . A canny life story from a determined woman with the gift of vision and the wherewithal to implement it.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Her story is full of passion and courage, and when you read this book, you will walk away feeling inspired and encouraged in your own life.”
— Joanna Gaines, Cofounder, Magnolia
Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, Of Women and Salt explores the complicated lives of three generations of Cuban women and the betrayals―personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others―that shaped their lives. Battling addiction, Jeanette travels to Cuba to see her grandmother and learn the past’s secrets. Jeanette’s mother, Carmen, wrestles with her daughter’s journey to her home country, as well as the trauma of displacement and the legacy it cast before either of them were born.
“The debut that’s had publishing buzzing all winter long meditates on the way immigration shapes the lives of Latinx women.”
— Entertainment Weekly
A most-anticipated book by Harper’s Bazaar; Entertainment Weekly; O, The Oprah Magazine; BuzzFeed; Literary Hub; Refinery29; St. Louis Magazine; Vogue India; and more.