By Amy Poeppel

We are living in unpredictable times, so what could be better than reading a few utterly unpredictable books? The books below are as startling as they are original, and they will keep you intrigued while you take a break from the news!


A Saint From Texas by Edmund White
Spanning decades, this novel tells the story of identical twins Yvonne and Yvette Crawford who start their lives together in rural Texas and end up in the unlikeliest of places. But—take it from me, a native Texan myself—you can never quite take the Texas out of the girl. While one sister marries into French aristocracy, the other chooses a life far more pious. A book filled with unexpected turns!


Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
Could Samantha Irby be any funnier? This collection of essays is honest and shocking, hilarious and fascinating. Her self-deprecating humor, paired with her whip-smart writing, make for a wonderful read. (Tip: Consider the audiobook, read by Irby herself.)


A Special Place For Women by Laura Hankin
Sneak peek! Coming this spring, Hankin’s latest novel has a narrator—a fearless investigative journalist—you will be rooting for as she attempts to infiltrate a powerful club for women and discovers some shocking truths. Suspenseful one moment, funny the next – enjoy!


And if you’re in the mood for a show to watch that will also keep you guessing, watch The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix!