18 new books to read in January


Burns’ second novel introduces the Josephs, a family of roofers from Mercury, Pennsylvania, who, along with a young woman searching for her own place in the world, find themselves at a turning point forged by long-ago decisions.

Celadon, January 2

This ambitious and sweeping first novel explores the consequences of a Malaysian woman’s decision to become a spy for Japanese forces during World War II. Seduced by promises of an “Asia for Asians,” she instead helps start a brutal occupation with devastating costs for her family.

Books by Marysue Rucci, January 2

Axelsson’s verse novel, about the challenges faced by two Sami families during 100 years of colonialism and migration, won Sweden’s top literary prize in 2018. The book begins in the 1910s with an accident among reindeer herders and culminates a century later with a battle for land. indigenous rights and reparations.

Knopf, January 9

What happens when women resort to violence to defend themselves? This question drives Flock’s intricate tale of three women navigating starkly different cultural contexts: a rape victim in Tennessee, a gang leader fighting domestic violence in India, and a member of an all-female militia fighting against ISIS in Syria.

Harper, January 9

Matar’s new novel, his first since winning the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir “The Return” in 2017, follows a Libyan named Khaled who leaves Benghazi to study in the United Kingdom and never returns. Two friendships underpin his life: one with another young Libyan who takes Khaled to an anti-Gaddafi demonstration in London, altering his lives forever, and the other with an enigmatic older writer.

Random House, January 9

NBC News reporter Matt Dixon investigates the sometimes warm, sometimes tense and now openly contentious relationship between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump. With new insights from a chorus of mostly anonymous political insiders, he charts DeSantis’ rise from relative obscurity in Congress to the Florida governor’s mansion and the race for the White House.

Small, Brown, January 9

A historical novel set in 1519, at the time when Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés entered the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (today’s Mexico City), Enrigue’s feverish account paints a picture of the city in its former glory and imagines another outcome. for the land and its people. .

Riverhead, January 9

Exquisitely attuned to his Northern California landscape, Martin focuses his gaze on wildfire-ravaged nature and his own body, afflicted by a chronic pain condition, uncovering the intricate connections between humans and the natural world of which he lives. they depend.

In this memoir, a Brooklyn mother of two opens up about her open marriage and her search for growth, fulfillment, and an innovative definition of family.

Doubleday, January 16

This is the first English edition of the 1950 Holocaust memoirs written by Hungarian journalist and poet Debreczeni. Untranslated and largely forgotten for decades thanks to Cold War politics, it offers a clear view of the Nazi death machine with nuances of dark humor, tragedy and anthropological insight.

Saint Martin, January 23

In Blackburn’s latest, an author, grieving for her brother, begins impersonating him rather than telling people he died, a ruse that becomes increasingly difficult as her sense of reality destabilizes.

MCDxFSG, January 23

Combining 10 years of reporting and investigation, “Madness” traces the 93-year history of one of the country’s last segregated asylums, Maryland’s Crownsville State Hospital. This searing critique of America’s treatment of Black health is also a deeply personal historical work that gives a face and voice to patients, employees, and families.

Legacy Lit, January 23

By turns sardonic, philosophical, and tender, Akbar’s riveting debut novel features a young Iranian-American recovering drug addict and aspiring poet whose determination to make sense of his life leads him on an unlikely quest into his family’s complicated past. and his own literary future.

Knopf, January 23

In this Fleet Street thriller, rival journalists racing to cash in on a true crime scoop find themselves drawn into a mystery far darker and more twisty than they imagined. With his characteristic collage narrative style, composed of fragments of emails, text messages and newspaper articles, Hallett composes a modern epistolary novel.

Atrium, January 23

Shatz’s first book is an appropriately nuanced portrait of the Caribbean-born psychiatrist, political theorist, and activist whose advocacy of violence in the name of anticolonial liberation inspired a generation of revolutionaries and whose influence continues to resonate today.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, January 23

Shuster, a journalist with more than two decades of experience covering Russia and Ukraine, follows Zelensky from the beginning of his presidency to the front of Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion and draws a portrait of a man who, like so many current politicians, has He used his camera-ready charisma to rise to the halls of power.

Tomorrow, January 23

In 2017, Horton’s sister, Nikki Addimando, was arrested in Poughkeepsie, New York, after shooting and killing her boyfriend, who had abused her for years. “Dear Sister” is Horton’s account of the consequences and factors that made it possible for Addimando to keep her secret for so long.

Grand Central, January 30

Like “Murder on the Orient Express,” except this train, passing through the Australian desert, is full of crime writers.

Sailor, January 30

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