Can't Wait to Read!

Today's Can't Wait to Read picks, all books coming out this week, were chosen by Spine Contributing Writer Rachel Skelton and Spine Authors Editor Susanna Baird. This list is in no particular order and, as with any book we feature in Spine, we encourage you to head to your local library or bookstore to grab a copy.

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The Other Americans

Author: Laila Lalami. The author of The Moor's Account comes at the murder of Driss Guerraoui, head of a Moroccan immigrant family in California, from multiple points of view.

Cover design: Stephen Brayda

Sing to It

Author: Amy Hempel. Short story rock star Hempel is publishing her first story collection in more than a decade. Of course we can't wait to read it.

Cover design: Anna Morrison

Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience

Author: Anuradha Bhagwati. The writer and founder of the Service Women's Action Network traces her journey from childhood in a strict Indian home to the Marine Corps and activism.

Cover design: Samira Iravani


Author: A.S. King. What rot hides beneath a white suburban couple's mountain of wealth? Their grandchildren start digging in the latest from award-winning YA author King.

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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Author: Mira Jacob. Some of us have already read Jacob's graphic memoir about identity, race, parenting, and America (and wrote about it here). The rest of us can't wait.

Cover illustration: Kai and Sunny

The Old Drift

Author: Namwali Serpell. This debut novel is an epic following three Zambian families as they intertwine and divide across continents and years.


Spine Contributing Writer Rachel Skelton runs The Editing Skeleton, a professional editing service for fiction authors. She loves books and cats almost equally and has a number of both some people might consider excessive. Find her online at and on Twitter @EditingSkeleton.

Susanna Baird edits the Authors section of Spine Magazine. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in Failbetter, the Apeiron Review, and BANG!, among other publications. Her nonfiction has appeared at Dribbble and in numerous print publications, including Boston Magazine and Publishers Weekly. Find her online at and on Twitter @susannabaird.