• The cover of the book A Ladder to the Sky

    A Ladder to the Sky

    In John Boyne’s newest novel, the central character is also its villain. Maurice Swift is a young man with a literary-sounding name and no real talent for storytelling, despite the fact that he’s hellbent on becoming a famous writer. Swift is able to con his way into discovering the stories of others who are more brilliant and interesting than he is, and he’s launched to fame on the back of a man who trusts him. As Swift finds that he can’t sustain such success, he also faces the fact that his new wife’s talent far exceeds his own. With humor surrounding the dramas of the literati and the dark, intense psychology of a man willing to steal the words of others, this book is an emotional rollercoaster you won’t want to disembark from. (Hogarth)

     
  • The cover of the book The Adults

    The Adults

    Holidays are hard, especially for children who need to switch off between divorced parents. But this is Scarlett’s lucky year—or is it? She’s seven, and her parents have decided to spend Christmas together, meaning her parents and their new partners and Scarlett and Scarlett’s imaginary friend, Posey (a giant and very strange rabbit). But from the start, we know that something is going to go terribly wrong: the first page predicts that someone will be shot with an arrow by the end of the vacation. As we slowly creep toward the disastrous end, we get to see Scarlett’s parents Claire and Matt grit their teeth and try to bear the awkwardness of meeting each other’s new lovers, while also trying to make everything happy and pleasant for the little girl. By turns funny and harrowing, you won’t want to be on this family vacation yourself—but you’ll want to read all about it. (Random House)

     
  • The cover of the book Night of Miracles

    Night of Miracles

    If you’re looking for a delicious read, look no further. Elizabeth Berg’s semi-sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv brings us back to Mason, Missouri, where we meet Lucille, now living rent-free in the house Arthur left behind after his death. Lucille is a starling baker, and she’s now running classes for the neighborhood and selling her cakes to the local diner. She begins to take care of Link, the son of her next-door neighbors, when his mother becomes ill, and finds in him a new kind of chosen family. Meanwhile, there’s romantic drama afoot at the diner, though it seems that both parties involved are too shy to do anything about it—but no worries, Lucille’s friend Iris is going to sort that out. A warm and kindhearted read about big love and delicious desserts. (Random House)

     
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    Becoming

    Michelle Obama is one of the most beloved figures of our era, perhaps because of her grace and down-to-earth attitude even within some of the most powerful positions a person can occupy. In her new memoir, Obama examines her life trajectory, from the South Side of Chicago to one of the highest offices in the country. With verve and care and the same emotional intelligence that allowed so many of us to find inspiration in her words and actions, Obama shares her thoughts generously with her readers. Plus, she’s kicking off an exciting book tour, so in addition to picking up a copy, see if you might be able to say hello on one of her stops! (Crown)

     
  • The cover of the book My Sister, the Serial Killer

    My Sister, the Serial Killer

    Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel is a fast-moving and darkly funny study in sisterly dynamics and serial killing. Korede can’t help but to feel envious of her sister, Ayoola, a better-looking woman who has no shortage of suitors. But when Ayoola’s suitors keep ending up dead, Korede is swept up in coverups while also trying to keep other men from harm—and her jealousy in check. (Doubleday)

     
  • The cover of the book Everything All at Once

    Everything All at Once

    Bill Nye the Science Guy, in all of his bow-tied, nerdy glory, is a cultural icon and an American treasure. Although his popular 1990s television show was geared toward kids, his new book is essential reading for grown-ups, addressing success, passion, problem-solving, and more. It’s not just the story of the science guy; it’s a collection of worth-your-time lessons in many aspects of life. (Rodale)

     
  • The cover of the book New Erotica for Feminists

    New Erotica for Feminists

    Despite common misconceptions, “feminist” isn’t a dirty word… unless we’re talking “dirty” as in “sexy,” in which case, it totally is. And you know what’s even sexier? Respect! Equality! All the things that feminists want! In this hilarious collection of satirical stories, the erotics of desire play out through these concepts. Based on a popular McSweeney’s column, the stories here run the gamut of the fantastical: from being promoted (over and over and over again, oh baby) to finding respect on a Tinder date (oo-la-la, it’s getting hot in here) to Tom Hardy playing your personal delivery boy (swoon!). Get it, enjoy it, laugh, and then share it with all the men in your life to show them what really gets us off. (Plume)

     
  • The cover of the book Nothing Is Lost

    Nothing Is Lost

    In this collection of profiles and essays—featuring some of the most recognized and influential artists, designers, and actors of our time—the incomparable talents of the late Ingrid Sischy are on full display. As an editor, writer, and critic for some of the most prestigious publications in the world, Sischy brought vivid, penetrating portraits of creatives and their works to the masses. This unique compilation of her work not only offers readers a glimpse into the lives of iconic artists, but also showcases the unique artistry of one of our generation’s most talented cultural critics. (Knopf)

     
  • The cover of the book Past Tense

    Past Tense

    Jack Reacher is back in this electrifying new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. This book reads like a case against family secrets, as Reacher finds that his decision to take a detour during an epic trip across America—into the town where his father was born—proves to be a deadly one. Chock-full of all the gripping twists and turns you’ve come to love and anticipate from the Reacher novels, Past Tense takes us on a breathtaking ride of thrills and chills. It’s the must-read thriller of the month. (Delacorte Press)

     
  • The cover of the book Fox 8

    Fox 8

    Bestselling author George Saunders offers us a lesson on the environment, and how our insatiable need to control it has resulted in loss and devastation for the other life forms that inhabit it. Saunders begins his tale with Fox 8—a fox who’s considered the daydreamer of his pack, until he teaches himself to speak. From there ensues a harrowing quest to protect the pack from a manmade structure that will ultimately cut off their food supply. An imaginative fable with dark comic sensibility, Fox 8 flawlessly highlights the remarkable talents of its author. (Random House)

     
  • The cover of the book Queer Eye

    Queer Eye

    If you haven’t yet fallen in love with the Fab Five, it’s time to get started (and we highly recommend checking out their heartwarming Netflix show to do just that). But whatever your relationship to the show, this book is a wonderful resource for all your lifestyle needs. From the Fab Five’s areas of expertise—food and wine, fashion, grooming, home decor, and culture—to the overarching theme of loving yourself and living your best life, the tips here are invaluable and will certainly help you feel happier, more confident, and ready to love yourself more fully. (Clarkson Potter)

     
  • The cover of the book The War Before the War

    The War Before the War

    What caused the American Civil War? Most would answer slavery, but historian Andrew Delbanco has a more specific response: the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Cogently argued, meticulously researched, and compulsively readable, The War Before the War sheds new light not only on American history, but on America’s present story, and its struggles with race. (Penguin Press)

     
  • The cover of the book Those Who Knew

    Those Who Knew

    When a young woman turns up dead, Lena suspects that the powerful senator she was once involved with has something to do with it. As Lena investigates, she finds herself having to face her own complicated past and questionable decisions. At once a thriller and a literary tour-de-force, Those Who Knew will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. (Viking)

     
  • The cover of the book Let Her Fly

    Let Her Fly

    Ziauddin Yousafzai is the father of the famous Malala, the Pakistani once-teenager (she’s 21 already!) who took the world by storm with her bravery, activism, and commitment to women’s equality and education. Mr. Yousafzai shares his side of the story—how, despite the values he was raised with, which included the idea that women were subordinate to men, he innately felt that they were equal, just as human as he was. He describes his journey from a small village to the big city, the fear for his daughter’s life when she was shot by members of the Taliban, and the move to a new country in order to give her a safer life. Overcoming both the patriarchy he was born into and the speech impediment that plagued him as a child, Ziauddin Yousafzai’s story is one of bravery, as well as proof that we can all unlearn oppressive ideas and learn to be feminists fighting for equal rights for all. (Little, Brown & Co.)

     
  • The cover of the book Nine Perfect Strangers

    Nine Perfect Strangers

    Tranquillum House is a health resort in a remote location, where people come to find relaxation, wellness, and a sense of peace. For ten days, nine strangers spend their days together here, along with the charismatic founder and owner of the resort. For one romance novelist, Frances Welty, this getaway is utterly essential. She’s heartbroken, her back is killing her, and she’s uncertain about whether her career is going to bounce back. But she’s drawn to her fellow guests and especially to the founder, though she’s pretty sure she should run before it’s too late and she’s stuck here—or maybe she needs to trust the process and let go of her fears? Follow along and get lost in another of Moriarty’s fabulous twists of social dynamics. (Flatiron)

     
  • The cover of the book The Museum of Modern Love

    The Museum of Modern Love

    In 2010, performance artist Marina Abramović created an art installation called “The Artist is Present,” where visitors to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City would sit in front of her for a period of time, and would come away changed. Arky Levin is a visitor to this exhibition, shortly after separating from his wife, who has asked that he never see their daughter again. Adrift, seemingly free to write music in peace now, Arky finds himself mesmerized by Abramović’s performance, but not only by his own experience sitting with her—instead, he becomes fixated on watching others come and sit in front of her, the way they’re moved and made different by the experience. He meets others who are similarly transfixed, and begins to understand the way art has come into his life and what it has done—and can further do—to heal him. (Algonquin Books)

     
  • The cover of the book Hazards of Time Travel

    Hazards of Time Travel

    In Joyce Carol Oates’s newest book, a high school student from our future (a future that Oates imagines as repressive and dystopic in the very ways it seems to be shaping up to be) is sent into the 1950s of our past. Adriane was supposed to be her school’s valedictorian, but once her speech was discovered—and its dissenting dangerous questions seen by those in charge—she’s punished with time travel, sent to a time where her freedoms are restricted once more by society. Though at first earnest to serve her time, Adriane is quickly disillusioned and sets about to get free with other dissenters who were sent back. With reference to both our very real past and our increasingly possible future, Oates reminds us that the present is, perhaps, the only time to change things. (Ecco)

     
  • The cover of the book Monument

    Monument

    In Natasha Trethewey’s first retrospective collection, you’ll get to explore different times and places her work has explored. Throughout, you’ll find both pain and joy, testaments to erasure and oppression, as well as moments of love and celebration. From the stories of working class African American women to soldiers in the Civil War to survivors of Hurricane Katrina, Trethewey’s work is seemingly boundless in its ability to go everywhere and anywhere, her empathy and imagination as powerful as the voices she pays tribute to and as layered as the poems themselves. We’re lucky to have her words, her voice, and her unique ability to bring us into both the particulars of people and the broad connotations for society at large. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)