14 new books by CT authors to read this spring

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Whether you’re out enjoying the spring sunshine or dodging pesky pollen indoors, Connecticut’s bevy of writers has been churning out new books to read this spring. From memoirs about a life on stage, theories about new ways to think, murder mysteries and forays into the past, these 14 new titles have something for everyone.

Ridgefield's Harvey Fierstein wrote his memoir "I Was Better Last Night."

Ridgefield's Harvey Fierstein wrote his memoir "I Was Better Last Night."

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'I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir' by Harvey Fierstein, Memoir

Broadway actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein published a memoir about his life as an openly gay man and theatrical career last month. In his book “I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir” the Ridgefield resident lays out his life on the page as he opens up about his life on and off the stage. 

'Split the Pie: A Radical New Way to Negotiate,' Nonfiction

New Haven resident and Yale professor Barry Nalebuff shares his theories on the best negotiation practices in his book “Split the Pie: A Radical New Way to Negotiate.” His book was published last month.

'This Book Won’t Make You Happy,' Self-Help

Ridgefield author Niro Feliciano published her book “This Book Won’t Make You Happy” earlier this month. As an author and psychotherapist Feliciano uses her expertise to advise people to search for contentment instead of happiness, arguing that folks are adding stress to their lives by striving for happiness. Her book features eight steps to help readers find contentment. 

'The Resilience Workbook for Kids,' Child Psychology

Earlier this month Greenwich author Rebecca Comizio published “The Resilience Workbook for Kids.” Comizio is a school psychologist in New Canaan and a practicing psychologist in Greenwich. Her workbook is targeted for children ages 7-12 to provide activities to help children process and handle stress. 

Stamford author Soon Wiley's debut novel is "When We Fell Apart."

Stamford author Soon Wiley's debut novel is "When We Fell Apart."

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'When We Fall Apart,' Fiction

Stamford author Soon Wiley will publish his debut novel “When We Fall Apart” on April 26. His book follows the story of a Korean-American man’s efforts to find answers after his girlfriend’s mysterious death while he reconciles with his own identity.  

'Lost and Found in Paris,' Fiction

Southport native Lian Dolan paints a tale of heist and adventure in her latest novel “Lost and Found in Paris.” The book, which was published earlier this month, follows a woman who books a trip to Paris after her life falls apart to act as an art courier…only to later discover the artwork she’s bringing to a prospective buyer has been stolen and her deceased father’s sketch has been left in its place. Now she has to dig into her own past as she tracks down the art thief. 

'Crazy to Leave You,' Fiction

Avon author Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s upcoming new book, “Crazy to Leave You” tells the story of a bride jilted at the altar as she tries to figure out how to proceed with her life after her former fiance blew apart their wedding as she deals with work, her biological clock ticking down and emotional eating. Her new title will be published May 24. 

'Wicked Blood,' Fiction

Last month Woodbury author E.C. Hanson published his novella “Wicked Blood.” The story follows three orphaned siblings living on a farm. When two of the siblings begin to display violent tendencies the third sibling finds herself trying to control their behavior while risking her own safety. 

"Sister Stardust" by Jane Green. 

"Sister Stardust" by Jane Green. 

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'Sister Stardust,' Historical Fiction

Trying her hand for the first time with historical fiction, Westport author Jane Green published her Talitha Getty-inspired tale of the heady atmosphere of the 1960s in “Sister Stardust.” The story follows a young woman named Claire who is whisked away to Morocco with a band of rock stars where they introduce Claire to Talitha, who instantly captivates Claire. Her book was published earlier this month. 

"Dead Wind" is the third book in the Shana Merchant series by Tessa Wegert.

"Dead Wind" is the third book in the Shana Merchant series by Tessa Wegert.

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'Dead Wind,' Mystery

In the third installment of her Shana Merchant series, Darien’s Tessa Wegert examines the secrets that lurk in small towns in “Dead Wind.” When a body surfaces just across the border in Canada, Detective Shana Merchant finds herself investigating the puzzling death at a wind farm as she hopes it isn’t connected to her ongoing investigation into serial killer Blake Bram. Her book was published earlier this month. 

Monroe native John Searles recently published "Her Last Affair." 

Monroe native John Searles recently published "Her Last Affair." 

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'Her Last Affair,' Thriller

Monroe native John Searles published his latest thriller, “Her Last Affair” last month. The book follows four individuals whose lives intersect. One woman is grieving the loss of her long-time spouse after a freak accident. Another is renting a room while carrying on a virtual affair with an old flame, while the last character wonders whether or not to track down an ex while traveling for work. 

'Almost Like Praying,' Fiction

Avon author and journalist Joel Samberg aims to showcase the story behind the story in his upcoming book “Almost Like Praying.” Publishing April 28, Samberg’s new novel follows the story of how a woman’s life and her children’s lives didn’t turn out how she expected them to, and how those plans veered off course.  

'The Sons of Santorelli,' Fiction

New Haven native Tony Taddei's latest book "The Sons of Santorelli" follows three generations of men from an Italian family spanning 80 years through a series of short stories. The author's book is set in his hometown of New Haven and will be published April 12. 

'Alias Anna,' Middle-grade

Fairfield author Susan Hood shares the true story of how a of Jewish Ukrainian musician used their piano skills to hide from the Nazis in plain sight during World War II in “Alias Anna.” The middle-grade story is based on the experiences of Zhanna, and Hood co-wrote the story with Zhanna’s son Greg Dawson. The book was published last month and features photos and letters from the Dawson family.