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16 Best Books To Read in January

  • FICTION

    YELLOW WIFE

    JAN. 12, 2021

FICTION

YELLOW WIFE

by Sadeqa Johnson

A horrifying but ultimately moving story anchored by a complex narrator. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BURNT SUGAR

    JAN. 26, 2021

FICTION

BURNT SUGAR

by Avni Doshi

A landmark portrait of toxic parenting and its tangled aftermath. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THAT OLD COUNTRY MUSIC

    JAN. 12, 2021

FICTION

THAT OLD COUNTRY MUSIC

by Kevin Barry

Exceptional writing and a thoroughly entertaining collection. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN

    JAN. 12, 2021

NONFICTION

A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN

by George Saunders

A master of contemporary fiction joyously assesses some of the best of the 19th century. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE COPENHAGEN TRILOGY

    JAN. 26, 2021

NONFICTION

THE COPENHAGEN TRILOGY

by Tove Ditlevsen ; translated by Tiina Nunnally & Michael Favala Goldman

Memoir as confession—a powerful, psychologically astute work of self-examination and remembrance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    FEATHERHOOD

    JAN. 5, 2021

NONFICTION

FEATHERHOOD

by Charlie Gilmour

A sensitive, often moving chronicle of transformation for bird and man. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    DOG FLOWERS

    JAN. 12, 2021

NONFICTION

DOG FLOWERS

by Danielle Geller

A deftly rendered, powerful story of family, grief, and the search for self. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB

    JAN. 19, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB

by Malinda Lo

Beautifully written historical fiction about giddy, queer first love. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THIRTY TALKS WEIRD LOVE

    JAN. 19, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THIRTY TALKS WEIRD LOVE

by Alessandra Narváez Varela

A gritty and absorbing tale of learning to love oneself and one’s roots, warts and all. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TEN LITTLE DUMPLINGS

    JAN. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

TEN LITTLE DUMPLINGS

by Larissa Fan ; illustrated by Cindy Wume

Stepping out of the shadows: a gentle, persuasive #ownvoices take on a hitherto-untold perspective. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HARRIET TUBMAN

    JAN. 5, 2021

CHILDREN'S

HARRIET TUBMAN

by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrated by Gillian Flint

Pinkney and Flint have created a standout series opener. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BOY WHOSE HEAD WAS FILLED WITH STARS

    JAN. 19, 2021

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