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10 Powerful Female Authors Owning 2020

We here at Bookstr love all the strong, women authors out there who are killing it in their fields! Be it a literary fiction piece or a personal memoir, these books are going to be tough to put down! So here is a compiled list, in no particular order, of these ten incredible writers who are launching their spectacular novels in 2020.


Liz moore- Long Bright river


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American author Liz Moore started as a musician in New York City, which inspired her writing and lead her to eventually launch a number of books, including the forthcoming mystery thriller, Long Bright River. The novel follows the insane lives of two sisters, Kacey and Mickey, in a Philadelphia neighborhood, when suddenly Kacey disappears! As Mickey starts looking for her sister, she realizes she has to act fast because a series of murders begins to take place in the neighborhood.


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Long Bright River is gripping, suspenseful, as well as heart-wrenching, as it keeps readers on their toes while the mystery unfolds, but also explores the emotional ties shared by siblings, which makes it a must read in our list!



Anna weiner – uncanny valley


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Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where she writes about Silicon Valley, startup culture, and technology. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, as well as in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017.


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In her memoir, Uncanny Valley, Weiner explores her life and choices as a twenty-something Her story starts with her living as a broke and stuck individual in New York City, who makes moves to San Francisco and landing at a big-data startup, ending up where else but in the heart of Silicon Valley. Part coming-of-age-story, part portrayal of an already bygone era, her memoir is a unique first-person glimpse into the ever-so-relevant startup culture of our time, highlighting unrelenting ambition and unregulated surveillance, alongside wild fortune and the influence of rising political power. This is a book which touches on relevant issues that’s taken over our society, all through the lens of a witty protagonist, who is eager to share her story.



tessa bailey – Love her or loose her


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New York Times bestselling romance author, Tessa Bailey, has done it again! And we can’t wait for her forthcoming novel, Love Her or Loose Her, which promises a page turning tale of high school sweethearts turned married couple, heading their way to something even more exciting – marriage boot camp! In order to save what they have, and to rekindle their old flame, Rosie is sure this is the right decision and has convinced her husband Dom, that he either agrees to it or walks. At the camp, things actually take a positive turn, and Rosie is quite impressed by her husbands progress and eagerness, but suddenly she comes across a secret Dom has kept from her, and it could destroy everything.


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Bailey keeps her hungry readers hooked with her endless plot twists about stories of people in love, and we want her to keep ’em coming!



jeanine cummins – american dirt


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Jeanine Cummins has taken us on a devastating journey before in her true crime memoir, A Rip in HeavenBut this time she wows her readers with this excellent piece of literary fiction, that circles around a family living in Acapulco, Mexico, who unexpectedly fall victim to life-threatening danger that’s brought by the drug cartel in the city. American Dirt is a gripping page turner, taut with suspense and claustrophobic encounters.


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What sets the novel apart is its share of protagonists, as both the mother Lydia, and son Luca, narrate the story, giving its readers a whole different level of intimacy, while keeping the suspense at a constant.




Abi darÉ – The girl with the louding voice


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Abi Daré was inspired by her two daughters to write her debut novel The Girl with the Louding Voice, and it’s already won the Bath Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2018 and was also selected as a finalist in the 2018 Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition—so we know for a fact that she’s insanely talented.


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The novel circulates around fourteen-year old Adunni, a Nigerian girl who just wants an education. Her mother had told her that only an education will allow her a “louding voice”, which will give her the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But sadness strikes when her father sells her to be the third wife of a local man, who can’t wait to have a son, and Adunni runs away to the city in the hopes of a better life and finds herself a servant for a wealthy family. She is told time and time again, that she amounts to nothing, and that she would accomplish nothing, but she is relentless and knows that they may try to quiet her down, but they can never truly silence her voice.



lily king – writers & lovers


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Lily King is the author of the Kirkus Prize winning novel Euphoria, and her New Adult novel, Writers & Lovers, doesn’t disappoint anyone either.


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The book follows Casey—a smart and vulnerable protagonist, who carries her heart in her fingertips—wandering through her last days of a long youth, she’s at a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. King exhibits her traditional humor, heart and intelligence, creating a spectacular novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating jump between the end of one chapter of life and the beginning of another. 




veronica roth – chosen ones


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The mega-selling author of the Divergent trilogy, Veronica Roth, needs no introduction, and her millions of fans across the globe are waiting impatiently for the release of her first book for adults, Chosen Ones.


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The novel goes back a decade near Chicago, when five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. Ten years after the fateful day of glory, though the world has moved on, one of the five teens, Sloane, never managed forget the gory details. As the nightmares of the Dark One continue to haunt her dreams, tragedy strikes again, and on the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, they face the death of one of their own. And when the heroes gather for the funeral, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended and a new, bloody battle is about to begin.



marie benedict – lady clementine


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Marie Benedict is the author of The Other Einstein, Carnegie’s Maid, The Only Woman in the Room, and the upcoming novel, Lady Clementine. Benedict takes the life of Clementine Churchill, in this fictionalized version of history, and does a splendid job of unfolding the bewildering tales of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill.


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This is the untold story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies. Benedict’s ability to take the past and weave it into a compelling story for today’s generation is nothing short of remarkable, and her novel has been praised extensively for the behind-the-scenes account of a powerful woman, who played such a huge role in shaping history. 




yaa gyasi – transcendent kingdom


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Yaa Gyasi took the world by storm with her first novel, Homegoing, a national bestseller and is now about to launch the follow-up book, Transcendent Kingdom, which is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants living in Alabama, ravaged by depression, addiction, and grief.


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The novel’s protagonist is Gifty, a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford University, studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Family tragedies have Gifty determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her, but even as she turns to science to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hovering over her childhood faith and obsessing with the biblical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation now seems only as real as a wild, pleasant dream.



marie Kondo – joy at work: organizing your professional life


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Marie Kondo has become a household name since the release of her book and her popular Netflix show, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Upand this organizing whiz keeps her promise to help us de-clutter even further with her new book, Joy At Work.


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In Joy at Work, Kondo and Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters. The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess, and it’s only normal to feel drained by the disorganized piles of papers and the modern-day hazards of working limit our chances of career progress, and undermine our well-being. Using the now popular KonMari Method and cutting-edge research, Joy at Work hopes to help us overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that comes with a tidy desk and mind. 



From searching for lost sisters, to keeping your work desk tidy, this list should excite you for all the incredible books these powerhouse female authors are bestowing us with in 2020, because I know I am!

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Obama’s White House Photographer Released Book Called ‘Shade’

If you’re familiar with Pete Souza, Obama’s White House photographer, then you might already know about his hilarious Instagram trolling. 





For the past year, Souza has been releasing photographs of Obama with witty, biting captions aimed at the current U.S. administration. The posts took off and have made him a powerful, popular figurehead in the resistance. He’s been using both his skills as a photographer, and his anger and frustration with the current state of the U.S., to stand up and speak out.


And now, following the popularity of his bestseller Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Souza will be releasing a second collection of photos entitled Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.


At a recent press release for the upcoming book, Souza said:


During the past year, I have been as distressed as anyone by the lies and hate emanating from the current administration. I began to use my personal Instagram account to throw shade at what was happening in the White House. Since then, I’ve been inspired by the comments I’ve received from many people who have posted on Instagram, sent me emails, or talked to me at my speaking events around the country. Many have suggested that I package my photographs and commentary into a book. As that idea becomes a reality, I am excited to once again partner with Little, Brown on this endeavor.


The book will compare photos of the Obama administration to the one currently in office, showcasing the two wildly different presidencies.




Pretty sure he wasn’t slandering someone on Twitter.

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The book is being published through Little Brown, and is expected for release October 16, 2018.





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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen’s Final Book Will Ignite a Flame in You

Leonard Cohen has always been a household name, especially for Canadians. His poems and lyrics could easily fill your headspace and stay there for a while. Haunting, beautiful, and human are some of the words that best describe all the work that made his career so successful.


Now, we have one more chance to feel this way all over again. 


Leonard Cohen

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It was recently announced by The New York Times that Cohen’s last and final book, The Flame, will be released in October of 2018. With collections of poems, journal writings, lyrics from his last three albums, and illustrations, we are sure this work will be just as cleansing as his previous releases.


From Beautiful Losers to Book of Longing to Let Us Compare Mythologies, Cohen’s writing has captured romantics and thinkers alike. The writer, singer, songwriter, and artist would’ve been 83 last month and his tribute concert will be airing next month with singers like Lana Del Rey and Sting honoring the legendary poet. A voice gone but never forgotten.


Got time to wait a year? For Leonard Cohen, it’s worth it.


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Turns Out Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is a Bestselling Sherlock Holmes Author

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is best known for his legendary basketball career, but did you know he is also a passionate writer? Turns out Abdul-Jabbar has written thirteen books, the newest of which is a graphic novel called Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook. He chose to develop Mycroft Holmes, the older brother of our favorite Sherlock Holmes, as he was a huge fan of the Arthur Conan Doyle’s series when he was a kid. Abdul-Jabbar’s series has become a bestselling phenomenon across the globe. 


Mycroft Holmes

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BookRiot sat down to talk with Abdul-Jabbar about his new book. Regarding his development of Mycroft, Abdul-Jabbar says:  


I wanted him to be the opposite of what’s implied about him in the stories, that he’s a brilliant but bloated, officious bureaucrat. Remember, it’s Sherlock who describes him and Sherlock is not always a reliable source. He has his moments of pettiness. Most important, I wanted the opposite of Sherlock’s social personality. Like Sherlock, Mycroft is damaged in the ways that only people of such towering intellect can be, but he handles it by engaging in gambling, women, and indulging himself. Most important, he’s got a great sense of humor. I hope we’ll keep writing about him because I enjoy his company so much.


Be sure to check out his book signing coming up on September 28th. Here are the details of the event!


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The Emotional Stages of Buying a Book Online

You just put in your paycheck, you’ve paid off your bills and rent, and you have a little extra cash in your account  You know what that means…




This is the best day of your life!




Logging into your account getting ready to scroll through titles gets you so hyped…




You’re having the best time picking out all the books you need to add to your shelves…




Your cart is piling up, but you’re doing your best to ignore it…


ignoring the problem


You’re waaaay over budget, time to panic!


help me


Eventually, you just accept that you have a problem. It’s not so bad, right?


help me


Okay seriously, you really have to narrow it down, focus!




Whew, the hard part’s over, now we wait what seems like forever…




Hold up — IT’S HERE!





Time to crack it open for that new book smell!


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Now…the time has finally come…to read.




You’d thought you’d be like this:


reading fast



But actually you’re more like: 







closing the book





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