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Most Anticipated Books of 2024

  • FICTION

    MARTYR!

    JAN. 23, 2024

FICTION

MARTYR!

by Kaveh Akbar

Imperfect, yes, but intense, original, and smart. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    DON'T WANT YOU LIKE A BEST FRIEND

    JAN. 9, 2024

  • FICTION

    PAPER CAGE

    FEB. 13, 2024

FICTION

PAPER CAGE

by Tom Baragwanath

Just the kind of dark, disturbing, gritty, and unusual treat thriller lovers are looking for. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BEAUTYLAND

    JAN. 16, 2024

FICTION

BEAUTYLAND

by Marie-Helene Bertino

A heartbreaking book that staggers with both truth and beauty. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    DEAD IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

    JAN. 23, 2024

  • FICTION

    JAMES

    MARCH 19, 2024

FICTION

JAMES

by Percival Everett

One of the noblest characters in American literature gets a novel worthy of him. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    ANITA DE MONTE LAUGHS LAST

    MARCH 5, 2024

FICTION

ANITA DE MONTE LAUGHS LAST

by Xochitl Gonzalez

An uncompromising message, delivered via a gripping story with two engaging heroines. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    TRONDHEIM

    FEB. 6, 2024

FICTION

TRONDHEIM

by Cormac James

An X-ray picture of the subcutaneous breaks and sprains in a rocky relationship. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MRS. GULLIVER

    FEB. 20, 2024

FICTION

MRS. GULLIVER

by Valerie Martin

Irresistible—a funny, sexy romp that’s also smart, even wise. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SMOKE KINGS

    FEB. 6, 2024

FICTION

SMOKE KINGS

by Jahmal Mayfield

A provocative, page-turning treatment of racism in America. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE CURSE OF PIETRO HOUDINI

    JAN. 16, 2024

  • FICTION

    THE TREE DOCTOR

    MARCH 19, 2024

FICTION

THE TREE DOCTOR

by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

An affecting story of personal transformation, as broody as it is erotic. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    WANDERING STARS

    FEB. 27, 2024

  • FICTION

    HOW WE NAMED THE STARS

    JAN. 30, 2024

FICTION

HOW WE NAMED THE STARS

by Andrés N. Ordorica

Told with authenticity and compassion, this unconventional love story redefines notions of fraternity. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    GRETA & VALDIN

    FEB. 6, 2024

  • FICTION

    THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS

    FEB. 27, 2024

FICTION

THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS

by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Black women as agents—literally—of their own liberation. Who wouldn’t be inspired? Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    HELP WANTED

    MARCH 5, 2024

  • FICTION

    OURS

    FEB. 20, 2024

FICTION

OURS

by Phillip B. Williams

A multilayered, enrapturing chronicle of freedom that interrogates the nature of freedom itself. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THERE'S ALWAYS THIS YEAR

    MARCH 26, 2024

NONFICTION

THERE'S ALWAYS THIS YEAR

by Hanif Abdurraqib

An innovative memoir encompassing sports, mortality, belonging, and home. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    EVERYONE WHO IS GONE IS HERE

    JAN. 30, 2024

NONFICTION

EVERYONE WHO IS GONE IS HERE

by Jonathan Blitzer

A sobering, well-reported history in which no one emerges a winner. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WHO'S AFRAID OF GENDER?

    MARCH 19, 2024

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

WHO'S AFRAID OF GENDER?

by Judith Butler

A master class in how gender has been weaponized in support of conservative values and authoritarian regimes. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    GRIEF IS FOR PEOPLE

    FEB. 27, 2024

  • NONFICTION

    RABBIT HEART

    MARCH 26, 2024

NONFICTION

RABBIT HEART

by Kristine S. Ervin

A devastating memoir about living with—and dying from—gender-based violence. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    MOTHER ISLAND

    MARCH 19, 2024

NONFICTION

MOTHER ISLAND

by Jamie Figueroa

A searching and lyrical memoir packed with nuance and depth. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    SPLINTERS

    FEB. 20, 2024

NONFICTION

SPLINTERS

by Leslie Jamison

Candid, intimate recollections on motherhood and commitment. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    3 SHADES OF BLUE

    MARCH 5, 2024

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

3 SHADES OF BLUE

by James Kaplan

A marvelous must-read for jazz fans and anyone interested in this dynamic period of American music. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    LIKE LOVE

    APRIL 2, 2024

NONFICTION

LIKE LOVE

by Maggie Nelson

A revelatory gathering of beloved art and artists presented with distinctive prose. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WAITING FOR THE MONSOON

    MARCH 5, 2024

NONFICTION

WAITING FOR THE MONSOON

by Rod Nordland

This is a man who has seen it all, and he sure does know how to tell a story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BE A REVOLUTION

    JAN. 30, 2024

  • NONFICTION

    YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

    MARCH 12, 2024

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

by Morgan Parker

As Parker writes, “Words are ductile, delicate, and loaded like that.” Never more so than in her capable hands. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    I HEARD HER CALL MY NAME

    FEB. 13, 2024

NONFICTION

I HEARD HER CALL MY NAME

by Lucy Sante

An absorbing analysis of a long-standing search for identity in writing and life. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    IAN FLEMING

    APRIL 9, 2024

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

IAN FLEMING

by Nicholas Shakespeare

Shakespeare leaves no stone unturned in this exhaustive, highly readable biography. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS

    APRIL 30, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS

by Meredith Adamo

A thoughtful and thought-provoking feminist tale woven into an expansive mystery. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    KINDLING

    FEB. 27, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

KINDLING

by Traci Chee

Both a mesmerizing fantasy adventure and a haunting meditation on shared trauma. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ARIEL CRASHES A TRAIN

    MARCH 12, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

ARIEL CRASHES A TRAIN

by Olivia A. Cole

A revelatory, razor-sharp, and powerfully honest depiction of the reality of living with OCD. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BRIGHT RED FRUIT

    FEB. 6, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

BRIGHT RED FRUIT

by Safia Elhillo

A stunning work that deeply explores poetry, the complexities of identity, and the longing for love. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    A TEMPEST OF TEA

    FEB. 20, 2024

  • TEEN

    IN UTERO

    JAN. 23, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

IN UTERO

by Chris Gooch ; illustrated by Chris Gooch

Coming-of-age meets cosmic horror; unforgettably striking, both visually and emotionally. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    A SUFFRAGIST'S GUIDE TO THE ANTARCTIC

    FEB. 13, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

A SUFFRAGIST'S GUIDE TO THE ANTARCTIC

by Yi Shun Lai

Polar exploration transforms a young woman in unexpected and interesting ways in this original, evocative tale. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    FOUR LETTER WORD

    MARCH 5, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

FOUR LETTER WORD

by Gretchen McNeil

Readers will root for the multidimensional hero of this twisty whodunit with heart that’s sure to surprise and scare. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BLESS THE BLOOD

    FEB. 6, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

BLESS THE BLOOD

by Walela Nehanda

Shatters mirrors and windows to reveal the jagged shards of self-determination: “gently volatile” and absolutely crucial. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SNOWGLOBE

    FEB. 27, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

SNOWGLOBE

by Soyoung Park ; translated by Joungmin Lee Comfort

Transporting and unputdownable; an appealing combination of deep and page-turning. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    DIARY OF A CONFUSED FEMINIST

    JAN. 2, 2024

  • TEEN

    LUNAR NEW YEAR LOVE STORY

    JAN. 9, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

LUNAR NEW YEAR LOVE STORY

by Gene Luen Yang ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A sparkling romance anchored by a poignant coming-of-age story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HENRY AND THE SOMETHING NEW

    MARCH 19, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    ONE BIG OPEN SKY

    MARCH 5, 2024

CHILDREN'S

ONE BIG OPEN SKY

by Lesa Cline-Ransome

A deeply moving story that centers a distinctive part of the African American story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FERRIS

    MARCH 5, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE ENIGMA GIRLS

    MARCH 5, 2024

CHILDREN'S

THE ENIGMA GIRLS

by Candace Fleming

A gripping narrative celebrating teen girls’ underrecognized contributions to Allied war efforts. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    AMIL AND THE AFTER

    JAN. 23, 2024

CHILDREN'S

AMIL AND THE AFTER

by Veera Hiranandani ; illustrated by Prashant Miranda

A quietly brilliant, deeply insightful story of living in uncertain times. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ANT STORY

    MARCH 26, 2024

CHILDREN'S

ANT STORY

by Jay Hosler ; illustrated by Jay Hosler

A must-read for lovers of ants, ecosystems…and unlikely friendships. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BARRACOON

    JAN. 23, 2024

CHILDREN'S

BARRACOON

by Zora Neale Hurston ; adapted by Ibram X. Kendi ; illustrated by Jazzmen Lee-Johnson

A powerful enslavement narrative from a literary icon, deftly retold for a younger audience. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DRAWING DEENA

    FEB. 6, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    MEDUSA

    FEB. 20, 2024

CHILDREN'S

MEDUSA

by Katherine Marsh

A fast-paced adventure offering a fresh, feminist take on popular themes. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MY ANTARCTICA

    MARCH 5, 2024

CHILDREN'S

MY ANTARCTICA

by G. Neri ; illustrated by Corban Wilkin

Warm memories of really cold places and the people who brave them for science. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ODIN

    MARCH 26, 2024

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

ODIN

by George O'Connor ; illustrated by George O'Connor

A rainbow bridge to a fresh set of mythological places and faces. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    UNICORN BOY

    MARCH 12, 2024

CHILDREN'S

UNICORN BOY

by Dave Roman ; illustrated by Dave Roman

At once a silly, sweet escapade and a dramatic tale of self-discovery in one’s own powers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE LAST ZOOKEEPER

    MARCH 26, 2024

CHILDREN'S

THE LAST ZOOKEEPER

by Aaron Becker ; illustrated by Aaron Becker

Epic storytelling erupts on the page without the use of a single word. Superb. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ANIMAL ALBUMS FROM A TO Z

    MARCH 26, 2024

CHILDREN'S

ANIMAL ALBUMS FROM A TO Z

by Cece Bell ; illustrated by Cece Bell

Hilarious, high-stepping tributes to a musical niche that never was. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FIGHTING WITH LOVE

    JAN. 9, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    EVERYWHERE BEAUTY IS HARLEM

    JAN. 16, 2024

CHILDREN'S

EVERYWHERE BEAUTY IS HARLEM

by Gary Golio ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis

This memorable offering is one readers will return to for moments of inspiration. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    PENELOPE REX AND THE PROBLEM WITH PETS

    MARCH 26, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    EYES THAT WEAVE THE WORLD'S WONDERS

    JAN. 23, 2024

CHILDREN'S

EYES THAT WEAVE THE WORLD'S WONDERS

by Joanna Ho with Liz Kleinrock ; illustrated by Dung Ho

A striking adoption tale that opens space for larger questions and feelings. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    RUMI—POET OF JOY AND LOVE

    MARCH 5, 2024

CHILDREN'S

RUMI—POET OF JOY AND LOVE

by Rashin Kheiriyeh ; illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh

A beautifully rendered biography that will spur readers to contemplate themes of love and connection. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS VEGETABLES

    FEB. 27, 2024

CHILDREN'S

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS VEGETABLES

by Kyle Lukoff ; illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi

Subversion in the salad! Destabilization with dressing! Social constructs fall by the wayside in this clever review. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MAMÁ'S PANZA

    MARCH 26, 2024

CHILDREN'S

MAMÁ'S PANZA

by Isabel Quintero ; illustrated by Iliana Galvez

A sweet, body-positive celebration of motherhood and its physical expression. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BEST BELIEVE

    FEB. 6, 2024

CHILDREN'S

BEST BELIEVE

by NoNieqa Ramos ; illustrated by Nicole Medina

Stories of important Puerto Rican women, told vividly. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GIFTS FROM GEORGIA'S GARDEN

    MARCH 19, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    PRETTY UGLY

    FEB. 27, 2024

CHILDREN'S

PRETTY UGLY

by David Sedaris ; illustrated by Ian Falconer

Consider this little monstrosity a much-needed corrective to smarmy platitudes. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TEN LITTLE RABBITS

    FEB. 6, 2024

CHILDREN'S

TEN LITTLE RABBITS

by Maurice Sendak ; illustrated by Maurice Sendak

As a counting book, fun. As a new Sendak book, by its mere existence, notable. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ARE YOU BIG?

    FEB. 6, 2024

CHILDREN'S

ARE YOU BIG?

by Mo Willems ; illustrated by Mo Willems

Vast charm in a (relatively) small package yields big laughs. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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