Can't Wait to Read!

Today's Can't Wait to Read picks, all books coming out this week, were chosen by Bad Call author Mike Scardino 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.

If you are an author, agent, or publicist and want your work/the work of one of your authors considered for inclusion, be sure to get in touch with Spine at


The Editor

Author: Steven Rowley. A struggling author sells his first novel to (a fictionalized) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who involves herself with both his book and his family.


The Affairs of the Falcóns

Author: Melissa Rivero. Ana, an undocumented Peruvian immigrant in '90s NYC, navigates work, motherhood and marriage while trying to manage debt and avoid deportation.


The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty

Author: Susan Page. Page explores Bush's trials — including a critical mother, the death of a daughter, and crippling depression — and role in helping shape political history.


A Song for the Stars

Author: Ilima Todd. An 18th century tale of romance between a British officer and a Hawaiian princess, Todd's novel is based on the true story of her fourth great-grandparents.


Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault: Essays from the Grown-up Years

Author: Cathy Guisewite. For nearly 25 years, Guisewite drew the daily comic strip "Cathy." Here, she tackles prose in the form of essays exploring life's middle.


Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics

Author: Mirabai Starr. Starr shares the wisdom of women from around the world and across the centuries, and guides readers to integrating mysticism into their lives.


Mike Scardino is a native of NYC, now living in South Carolina. His recent memoir Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance (Little, Brown, July 2018) chronicles his experiences on a Queens ambulance in the late '60’s as a pre-med at Vanderbilt University – experiences which led him to a career on Madison Avenue. Bad Call received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, inclusion as one of the “Most Unforgettable Books of 2018” (NY Post), and a cover blurb of “Totally Unforgettable” from James Patterson. Follow Scardino on LinkedIn, Twitter @mscardino, Goodreads or Google "Bad Call by Mike Scardino."

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.