Prefer to read paperback books over clunky, hard-to-carry hardcovers? We get it. Add these recently-released paperback editions of bestselling books to your shelves instead.
We’re big fans of paperback books—they’re lighter, cheaper, and generally easier to read than their hardcover counterparts (not to mention they never run out of battery power, like e-books). The only catch is that typically you have to wait up to a year to read the buzziest new books in softcover. Whether you're picking the perfect plane read for your next getaway or are just looking to save a few pennies at the bookstore, now is the perfect time to get your hands on a paperback copy of these popular books.
The Address, by Fiona Davis
Set in the iconic New York City apartment building The Dakota, The Address tells the story of two women who live a century apart, but whose stories are inextricably tied. In the 1880s, when Sara Smythe is given the opportunity to move to America to become the manager of a new hotel, she sees it not only as a way to start a new life, but to spend more time around Theodore Camden, an architect at the hotel who Sara is infatuated with. A century later, Theodore's granddaughter Bailey is out of rehab when the opportunity arises for her to work in the hotel. There, she learns more about Theodore and Sara, the woman who ultimately took his life. This engrossing novel is the perfect mix of family drama, historical grandeur, and scandalous mystery.
To buy: $16; amazon.com.
Goodbye, Vitamin, by Rachel Khong
After ending things with her fiancé, Ruth moves back in with her parents, only to find that things are a mess. Her aging father, once a notable professor, has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and her mother is in serious need of help as his caretaker. Told through Ruth's diary entries, this heartwarming novel addresses the tender and difficult moments that come from taking care of an aging loved one.
To buy: $16; amazon.com.
The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
It's 1974 and the world feels uncertain—America is embroiled in the Cold War, and Ernt, the patriarch of the Allbright family, has just returned home from the Vietnam War a changed man. In hopes of putting some space between his family and the world, Ernt moves them to Alaska to live off the grid. But the small clan is unprepared for the remote reality of the frontier, and the Allbrights struggle to survive. Together they must try to make it in the harshest conditions imaginable and come to terms with the troubles from their pasts that distance cannot change. Hannah's bestseller is a moving and atmospheric novel about family.
To buy: $18; amazon.com.
Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
This heartwarming novel skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller list after it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction earlier in 2018. Just before his 50th birthday, Arthur Less receives an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, and he promptly decides to pack his bags and run away from his problems. On his worldwide journey to escape his past, he travels to countries including Germany, Morocco, France, and India, all while reflecting and coming to terms with the 50 years of life that got him to this place—abroad and alone.
To buy: $7; amazon.com.
The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck
This moving novel set in Germany at the end of World War II tells a side of the story typically forgotten—that of widows left behind to take care of their families after their husbands, German soldiers, were killed in battle. At the core of this novel is Marianne von Lingenfels, whose husband was killed in a failed plot to assassinate Hitler. After the fall of the Nazis, Marianne returns to the castle owned by her husband's family and sets out to reunite with the other widows of men in the resistance. Together the three widows and their children must rebuild their lives among the ruin around them, all while confronting the choices they made during the horrors of war.
To buy: $14; amazon.com.
Sick, by Porochista Khakpour
After nearly a lifetime of searching for the cause of her constant sickness, Porochista Khakpour finally gets a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. Throughout this honest memoir, she brings readers to the different places that she lived—New York, LA, New Mexico, and Germany—and explores the impact these places had on her health. This timely book explores our imperfect medical system, the impact of chronic illness over a lifetime, and how treatments and diagnoses can sometimes cause more harm than good.
To buy: $11; amazon.com.
Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie
Home Fire —a modern retelling of Sophocles' Antigone—follows the trials of one Pakistani family living in London. After their mother's death, Isma took care of her younger siblings, but now that they are older, she hopes to pursue her dreams and move to America for college. But when her brother Parvaiz sets off to join jihadi fighters in Syria, Isma and her younger sister must grapple with the consequences of his actions. This gorgeous, heartbreaking novel addresses how the political and the personal are intertwined and questions what we will do to save the ones we love.
To buy: $13; amazon.com.
Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
Immerse yourself in 20th-century Brooklyn in Egan's Manhattan Beach. Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad), follows Anna Kerrigan as she grows up during the Depression and grapples with the mysterious disappearance of her father. As she grows up and the U.S. becomes embroiled in war abroad, many men head overseas to become soldiers, and Anna becomes the local naval yard's first female diver. With striking detail, Egan brings us into Anna's world.
To buy: $14; amazon.com.