The holiday season is always an exciting one for readers: favorite authors release new books and perfect books for gifting appear on store bookshelves. Just as exciting is what's in store in a new year, with debut authors, more new releases from favorite authors, and additions to sequels hitting the shelves. Here's a list of what to look for right now and through February.
“Once again Harper proves that she is peerless in creating an avalanche of suspense with intimate, character-driven set pieces - Harper’s legions of fans will exult in reading Exiles.” — David Baldacci
Lauren Fleshman is one of the most-decorated distance runners in the United States. In Good for a Girl, Fleshman tells of how she fell in love with running as a girl and shares her own running journey. Not just a memoir, it’s a powerful look at how competitive sports are designed for men and boys and routinely fail female athletes, leading to injuries, eating disorders, and mental health issues.
Filled with clever criminals, second chances, and wry and witty women, Parini Shroff’s The Bandit Queens is a razor-sharp debut of humor and heart that readers won’t soon forget.
Inspired by Fleetwood Mac, the Manson murders, and the infamous summer Percy and Mary Shelley spent with Lord Byron at a Lake Geneva castle — the birthplace of Frankenstein — The Villa welcomes you into its deadly legacy.
A riveting novel based on the true story of the woman who stopped a pandemic, from the bestselling author of Mrs. Poe. "Huge applause . . . women have always been in science — despite those who would pretend otherwise.” — Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry
From critically acclaimed author Kip Wilson comes this gripping coming of age historical fiction novel in verse about Gerda Taro, a vibrant, headstrong photojournalist with a passion for capturing the truth amid political turmoil and the first woman photojournalist killed in combat.
In a sequel to the dark academia fantasy, Ninth House, Alex Stern is back and determined to rescue Darlington from purgatory. Without the aid of Ninth House, Alex and Dawes must dive into the society’s deepest secrets to find a portal to the underworld. When Yale faculty members begin to die, Alex realizes that something more is going on in New Haven.
Following up her instant bestseller, A Flicker in the Dark, Stacy Willingham delivers a totally gripping thriller about a desperate mother with a troubled past.
For fans of Dennis Lehane's Mystic River by and Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, Stephen Amidon’s Locust Lane is a taut and utterly propulsive story about the search for justice and the fault lines of power and influence in a seemingly idyllic town. Can anyone be trusted?
This powerful debut for fans of Kristin Hannah is about three women whose lives are bound together by a long-lost letter, a mother’s love, and a secret network of women fighting for the right to choose (pre-roe v. wade) — inspired by true stories. "Looking for Jane is a searing, important, beautifully written novel about the choices we all make and where they lead us—as well as a wise and timely reminder of the difficult road women had to walk not so long ago.” Kristin Harmel
Mixing cutting-edge research and stories from habitats all around the world, molecular biologist Nicklas Brendborg explores extended life cycles in all its varieties. Along the way, we meet a man who fasted for over a year; a woman who edited her own DNA; redwoods that survive thousands of years; and in the soil of Easter Island, the key to eternal youth. Jellyfish Age Backwards is a love letter to the immense power of nature, and what the immortal lives of many of earth's animals and plants can teach us about the secrets to longevity.
The riveting new novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist The Great Believers is a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman’s reckoning with her past, with a transﬁxing mystery at its heart. Timely, hypnotic, and populated with a cast of unforgettable characters, I Have Some Questions for You is at once a compulsive page-turner and a literary triumph.
Pamela Anderson's blond bombshell image was ubiquitous in the 1990s. Discovered in the stands during a Canadian football game, she was quickly launched into superstardom, becoming Playboy’s favorite cover girl and an emblem of Hollywood glamour and sex appeal. Yet the Pamela Anderson we think we know was created through happenstance rather than careful cultivation. Love, Pamela brings forth her true story: that of a small-town girl getting tangled up in her own dream.
Braised Pork author An Yu's enchanting and contemplative novel of music and mushrooms follows a former concert pianist searching for the truth about a vanished musician.
Equal parts crime thriller and family saga, transporting readers from the dusty villages of Uttar Pradesh to the urban energy of New Delhi, Age of Vice is an intoxicating novel of gangsters and lovers, false friendships, forbidden romance, and the consequences of corruption.
A brilliant biography of Edgar Allan Poe that examines the renowned author’s life through the prism of his mysterious death and its many possible causes.
Grounded in a lifetime of research and interpretive work and informed by careful study of recent archeological discoveries of alternate versions of the text, Brook Ziporyn, one of the preeminent explicators of Eastern religions in English, brings us a revelatory new translation — and a radical reinterpretation— of the central text of Taoist thought.
“I’ve been an Allegra Goodman fan for years, but Sam is hands down my new favorite. I loved this powerful and endearing portrait of a girl who must summon deep within herself the grit and wisdom to grow up.” — Lily King
Myth-busting, witty, and thought-provoking, Edible Economics serves up a feast of bold ideas about globalization, climate change, immigration, austerity, automation, and why carrots need not be orange. It shows that getting to grips with the economy is like learning a recipe: when we understand it, we can adapt and improve it — and better understand our world.
Return to the opulent world of Elfhame, filled with intrigue, betrayal, and dangerous desires, with this first book of a captivating new duology from the New York Times bestselling author Holly Black.
In between WWI and WWII, the six Mitford sisters were the talk of English society, each sister more beautiful and talented than the last. However, rumors begin to spread when Diana divorces her wealthy husband and marries a fascist leader and Unity follows suit. Suspicious of her sisters’ frequent trips to Germany, novelist Nancy Mitford must decide where her loyalties lie as Great Britain goes to war with Germany.
Join award-winning broadcaster Alvin Hall on a journey through America’s haunted racial past, with the legendary Green Book as your guide. Driving the Green Book, a vital work of national history as well as a hopeful chronicle of Black resilience and resistance, contains 25 outstanding black and white photos and ephemera.
Smart, funny, and deeply affecting, Jessica George's Maame deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. Most important, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures, and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong. "An utterly charming and deeply moving portrait of the joys––and the guilt––of trying to find your own way in life." — Celeste Ng
Set during the partition of British India in 1947, a time when neighbor was pitted against neighbor and families were torn apart, award-winning author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novel brings to life the sweeping story of three sisters caught up in events beyond their control, their unbreakable bond, and their incredible struggle against powerful odds.
When two former teen stars reconnect at the reunion for their hit TV show, they discover their feelings for one another were not merely scripted in this charming and heartwarming novel.
In the fall of 2019, John Hendrickson wrote a groundbreaking story for The Atlantic about Joe Biden’s decades-long journey with stuttering, as well as his own. The article went viral, reaching readers around the world and altering the course of Hendrickson’s life. Overnight, he was forced to publicly confront an element of himself that still caused him great pain. This is his intimate, candid memoir about a lifelong struggle to speak.
The Plot meets Please Join Us in this psychological suspense debut about a young author at an exclusive writer’s retreat that descends into a nightmare. A claustrophobic and propulsive thriller exploring the dark side of female friendships and fame, The Writing Retreat is the unputdownable debut novel from a compelling new talent.
A sharply observed and beautifully intimate memoir-in-pieces that uses one woman's life-long love affair with pop culture as a revelatory lens to explore family, identity, belonging, grief, and the power of female rage. Ranging from the unattainable perfection of Gwyneth Paltrow and the father-figure familiarity of Bob Ross, to the long shadow cast by The Joy Luck Club and the life lessons she has learned from Rihanna, Jen weaves together key moments in pop culture with stories of her own failings, longings, and struggles as she navigates the minefields that come with carving her own path as an Asian woman, single mother, and writer.
A story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances, this is the new novel from Me Before You and The Giver of Stars author Jojo Moyes. Full of Moyes’ signature humor, brilliant storytelling, and warmth, Someone Else’s Shoes is a story about how just one little thing can suddenly change everything.
From Patricia Engel, whose novel Infinite Country was a New York Times bestseller and a Reese’s Book Club pick, comes an exquisite collection of ten haunting, award-winning short stories set across the Americas and linked by themes of migration, sacrifice, and moral compromise.
A young woman’s past and present collide when she brings her white fiancé home to meet her Chinese immigrant parents in this vibrant debut from an exciting new voice in fiction.
An intimate and powerful rumination on American gun violence by writer Paul Auster. Interwoven with Spencer Ostrander's haunting photographs of the sites of more than thirty mass shootings in all parts of the country, Bloodbath Nation presents a succinct but thorough examination of America at a crossroads, and asks the central, burning question of our moment: What kind of society do we want to live in?
The epic tale of a woman who breathes a fantastical empire into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries. “A major accomplishment by one of our greatest living writers . . . It does not resemble any other novel I could name.” — The Hours author Michael Cunningham
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud story about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors — and each other.
In this gripping debut by Academy Award–nominated screenwriter, Iris Yamashita, a stranded detective tries to solve a murder in a tiny Alaskan town where everyone lives in a single high-rise building.
A single Black lawyer puts her career and personal moral code at risk when she moves in with her coffee-entrepreneur boyfriend and his doomsday-prepping roommates in a novel that's packed with tension, curiosity, humor, and wit from a writer with serious comedy credentials. “A great and engrossing read, Kashana humanizes a way of life that is often made fun of and makes the reader understand why someone would go to such great lengths to prepare for the future, so much so she almost sold me on those Life Preserver soy bars!” — Trevor Noah
From debut author Hadeer Elsbai comes the first book in an incredibly powerful new duology, set wholly in a new world, but inspired by modern Egyptian history, about two young women: Nehal, a spoiled aristocrat used to getting what she wants and Giorgina, a poor bookshop worker used to having nothing. They find they have far more in common, particularly in their struggle for the rights of women and their ability to fight for it with forbidden elemental magic.
Engaging, funny, and unflinching essays about coming of age as a transplant patient and living each day as a gift. Adina Talve-Goodman was born with a congenital heart condition and survived multiple operations over the course of her childhood, including a heart transplant at age nineteen. In these seven essays, she tells the story of her chronic illness and her youthful search for love and meaning, never forgetting that her adult life is tied to the loss of another person — the donor of her transplanted heart.
From an unforgettable new voice in Caribbean literature, a sweeping story of two families colliding in 1940s Trinidad, and a chilling mystery that shows how interconnected their lives truly are. “This is a deeply impressive book, and I think an important one. Its intensity, its narrative attack, the fascinations of its era and setting, make it impossible to tear the attention away. Energy and inventiveness distinguish every page.” — Hilary Mantel
From Center for Fiction First Novel Prize-winning author De'Shawn Charles Winslow, comes this sweeping and unforgettable novel of a Black community reeling from a triple homicide and the secrets the killings reveal. This is a powerful new novel about shame, race, money, and the reckoning required to heal a fractured community.
Part memoir and part social critique, Drinking Games is about how one woman drank and lived — and how, for her, the last drink was just the beginning. Candid and dynamic, this book speaks to the all-consuming cycle of working hard, playing harder, and trying to look perfect while you’re at it. Sarah takes us by the hand through her personal journey with blackouts, dating, relationships, wellness culture, startups, social media, friendship, and self-discovery.
An unflinching look at the challenges and misunderstandings mixed-race people face in family spaces and intimate relationships across their varying cultural backgrounds.
"Once I opened VenCo, I was propelled through an entire night of charmed reading. Cherie Dimaline creates a world utterly fantastical, yet real. VenCo is funny, tense, and cracking with a dark, divine energy." — Louise Erdrich
A trans pianist makes a New Year's resolution on a frozen Wisconsin night to win regionals and win back his ex, but a new boy complicates things in this heartfelt debut YA rom-dram.
When Harry Met Sally meets 500 Days of Summer in this playful and emotional romantic comedy from the author of Ten Rules for Faking It.
Following up her instant New York Times bestseller, A Flicker in the Dark, Stacy Willingham delivers a totally gripping thriller about a desperate mother with a troubled past.