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What To Read While You Wait for the Return of This Is Us

Sep 05, 2018 | Books

We are more than a little bit excited that the season premiere of This Is Us is merely two and a half weeks away and we have many questions: who is the “her” Randall and Tess were talking about in the finale? What will we learn about Jack’s time in Vietnam? Was this actually the longest hiatus of all time? Does anyone have any tips or tricks for reducing crying-induced eye swelling?

As we wait, rather impatiently, for the Pearson family to come back into our lives, we’ve compiled a list of books all about family, and the love, heartbreak, and drama that they bring into our lives.

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng–parents pin their unfulfilled hopes and dreams on their middle daughter, who is soon found dead in the local lake, which leads to the unearthing of long-buried family secrets.

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas: caught between her poor neighborhood and her elite prep school, Starr has to come to grips with the two sides of her life after her friend is fatally shot by a police officer, with her as the only witness.

The House We Grew Up in, by Lisa Jewell–after a tragic event causes a picture perfect family to shatter, the lives of the Bird family members change completely, and they are forced to reckon with family secrets in adulthood.

I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson–twins Jude and Noah shared a bond like no other, but love, grief, and betrayal have found them at 16 years old and not speaking.

The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin–four teens sneak out to meet a traveling psychic, and the prophecies they receive change the course of their lives over decades.

One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes–a single mom with a genius daughter and a stepson being bullied thinks she’s found salvation in an obnoxious tech millionaire.

Things To Do When It’s Raining, by Marisa Stapley–After Mae’s husband leaves her with nothing more than a cryptic note, she retreats to her childhood home.

This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper–a week of sitting shiva for their late father exposes secrets and tensions amidst an incredibly dysfunctional family.

Three Wishes, by Liane Moriarty–forever a trio, the Kettle triplets deal with a tumultuous 33rd year full of romance and rivalries.

We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas–the heartbreaking and moving story of three generations of an Irish-American family and what the real American dream is.