Our Most Anticipated Books of January 2021

Fiction

Coming January 5th

   

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

When people start comparing you to Toni Morrison, you know you've got it. And Robert Jones Jr. has definitely got it. The Prophets is a sweeping epic of love between two enslaved men on a Mississippi plantation--an instant addition to the Black queer literary canon.

 

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street—a crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.

 

The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams

In the late 1800s, a love-lorn Victorian lexographer plays fast and loose with his encyclopedia entries. 200 years later, it falls to an equally-lovelorn publishing intern to sort out the mess. Told in parallel narratives, The Liar's Dictionary is a hilariously good time. Everyone needs to hurry up and read this so we can get a mini-series in the works or something.

Coming January 12th

Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel

“Loedel writes in the venerable Argentinian tradition of mixing the political and the supernatural, but his novel comes from a different language and a new sensibility. It took me to places I had never visited before.”  —Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling

 

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Hailed as the next Great Trans Novel AND chosen for Roxane Gay's Audacious Book Club. Need we say more?

 

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez

Enriquez's first collection, Things We Lost in the Fire, was so good and so scary, I still can't think too hard about some of the stories unless I want to seriously creep myself out. The Dangers of Smoking in Bed is her second story collection to be translated into English and I fully expect more of the same Shirley-Jackson-meets-Leonora-Carrington levels of spookiness.

 

The Inland Sea by Madeleine Watts

"A tricky marvel: melancholy and bright, ingenious and gentle, an emergency inside of an idyll. Watts is an exceptional talent." —Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labours

 

The Hare by Melanie Finn

Reminiscent of Amina Cain or Barbara Comyns, The Hare follows Rosie Monroe as she is scooped out of her blue-collar existence by a dazzling, older man and pulled into the glitzy world of 1980s New York. Only to be dropped unceremoniously when things turn serious. A thrilling story suffused with all rage of a feminist awakening.

 


Non-Fiction

Coming January 2nd

Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817–2020
by Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb

Don't worry, this isn't about pathogens or viruses. Instead, Kolb examines how the language of epidemics has been used and misused in various 'wars on terror' from the 1857 Indian Munity through 9/11 and beyond. The result is the first book-length study to approach the global War on Terror from a postcolonial literary perspective. 

Coming January 12th

 

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

Paired with short stories from Russian literary greats like Tolstoy, Chekhov & Gogol, this collection of essays is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.

 

Coming January 19th

Preserving Neighborhoods: How Urban Policy and Community Strategy Shape Baltimore and Brooklyn
by Aaron Passell

Think historic preservation is a rich-person's game? Think again. Through a compelling array of case-studies, noted urbanologist and Columbia/Barnard faculty member, Aaron Passell demonstrates how historic preservation regulations function as a tool for communities to slow and shape changes to their neighborhoods and help fend off gentrification's spread.

Coming January 26th

Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise & Fall of the Death Penalty
by Maurice Chammah

A deeply reported, searingly honest portrait of the death penalty in Texas—and what it tells us about crime and punishment in America.
“Remarkably intimate, fair-minded, and trustworthy reporting on the people arguing over the fate of human life.”—Robert Kolker, author of Hidden Valley Road
 

Religion & the Rise of Capitalism by Benjamin M. Friedman

From one of the nation's preeminent experts on economic policy, a major reassessment of the foundations of modern economic thinking that explores the profound influence of an until-now unrecognized force--religion.

 

Reading, Writing & Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education & in the Classroom
by Bree Picower


Drawing on her experience teaching and developing a program that prepares teachers to focus on social justice and antiracism, Picower demonstrates how teachers' ideology of race, consciously or unconsciously, shapes how they teach race in the classroom.

 

Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion

Start 2021 off right with a fresh batch of Didion! This new collection brings together twelve essays from across her expansive career, with a particular focus on her earlier work. Never one to be pinned down, topics here range from writing and higher education to California robber barons and politics.

NB: Some of the text on this page is sourced from publisher-provided marketing content.

The Prophets Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593085684
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 5th, 2021

Black Buck Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358380887
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 5th, 2021

The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385546775
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Published: Doubleday - January 5th, 2021

Hades, Argentina: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593188644
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 12th, 2021

Detransition, Baby: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593133378
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Published: One World - January 12th, 2021

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593134078
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Published: Hogarth - January 12th, 2021

The Inland Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646220175
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Published: Catapult - January 12th, 2021

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512972
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 26th, 2021

Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817–2020 Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780226739359
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Published: University of Chicago Press - February 1st, 2021

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984856029
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021

Preserving Neighborhoods: How Urban Policy and Community Strategy Shape Baltimore and Brooklyn Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780231194075
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Published: Columbia University Press - January 19th, 2021

Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524760267
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Published: Crown - January 26th, 2021

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780593317983
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Published: Knopf - January 26th, 2021

Reading, Writing, and Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and in the Classroom Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780807033708
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Published: Beacon Press - January 26th, 2021

Let Me Tell You What I Mean Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780593318485
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Published: Knopf - January 26th, 2021