Our Most Anticipated Books of January 2024

book culture's must-read new books for january

Wild and Distant Seas: A Novel By Tara Karr Roberts Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781324064886
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 2nd, 2024

Moving, beautifully written, and elegantly conceived, Wild and Distant Seas takes Moby-Dick as its starting point, but Tara Karr Roberts brings four remarkable women to life in a spellbinding epic all her own.


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Tudor England: A History By Lucy Wooding Cover Image
$37.50
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ISBN: 9780300162721
Published: Yale University Press - January 3rd, 2023

A comprehensive new look at the Tudor period from one of the world's top Tudor scholars. Lucy Wooding brings her expertise not only to the lives of the nobility, but on the everyday people as well.


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My Friends: A Novel By Hisham Matar Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780812994841
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Published: Random House - January 9th, 2024

A magnificent new novel from Pulitzer prize-winner and Booker short-listed author Hisham Matar, My Friends follows an 18-year-old student from Benghazi attending the University of Edinburgh and his friendships, not only with his fellow students and countrymen, but with words and their power.


You Dreamed of Empires: A Novel By Álvaro Enrigue, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Álvaro Enrigue, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593544792
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 9th, 2024

One morning in 1519, conquistador Hernán Cortés entered the city of Tenochtitlan - today's Mexico City. Later that day, he would meet the emperor Moctezuma in a collision of two worlds, two empires, two languages, two possible futures. You Dreamed of Empires brings the Aztec capital to vibrant, at times hallucinogenic, life.


The Tame and the Wild: People and Animals After 1492 By Marcy Norton Cover Image
$37.95
ISBN: 9780674737525
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Published: Harvard University Press - January 9th, 2024

A fascinating look at the intersection between colonization and animal life in the early Americas. In The Tame and the Wild, Marcy Norton tells a new history of the colonization of the Americas, one that places wildlife and livestock at the center of the story. She reveals that the encounters between European and Native American beliefs about animal life transformed societies on both sides of the Atlantic.


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Unshrinking: How to Face Fatphobia By Kate Manne Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593593837
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Published: Crown - January 9th, 2024

If the January onslaught of gym-frenzy or post-holiday food policing has you down, make it your New Year's resolution to pick up this book.


City of Laughter By Temim Fruchter Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802161284
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Published: Grove Press - January 16th, 2024

An ambitious, delirious novel that tangles with queerness, spirituality, and generational silence, City of Laughter announces Temim Fruchter as a fresh and assured new literary voice. The tale of a young queer woman stuck in a thicket of generational secrets, the novel follows her back to her family's origins, where ancestral clues begin to reveal a lineage both haunted and shaped by desire.


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Womb City By Tlotlo Tsamaase Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781645660569
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Published: Erewhon Books - January 23rd, 2024

Womb City is an Afrofuturist, cyberpunk, feminist, horror thrill ride and if that isn't enough to pique your interest, I can't help you.


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Blizzard: A Novel By Marie Vingtras, Jeffrey Zuckerman (Translated by) Cover Image
By Marie Vingtras, Jeffrey Zuckerman (Translated by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419765902
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 23rd, 2024

The perfect book to get snowed-in with (or to dream about getting snowed in, if this NYC snow drought continues). A taut tale of a boy who disappears in an Alaskan blizzard and the group of strangers who band together to find him, Blizzard is a French bestseller and the winner of twelve literary prizes in France, including the Prix Libr'à Nous, the Prix Talents Cultura, and the Prix des libraires, the French booksellers' prize for best novel of the year.


I Sing to Use the Waiting: A Collection of Essays about the Women Singers Who've Made Me Who I Am By Zachary Pace Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781953387424
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 23rd, 2024

"No higher praise have I for Zachary Pace and his yes once more delish collection of prose poems really about those songbirds that help give the queer soul his own voice. Covering national treasures including Cat Power, Whitney, Nina Simone, etc., it's a compendium born of a true consciousness, one that is serious about and committed to articulating writing's best and true subject: how we speak, and why."
--Hilton Als


Martyr!: A novel By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593537619
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

Dazzling, Sprawling, Terrifying; Martyr! is unlike any other book you'll find this season. I would almost ask that it have the subtitle "A Ghost Play" the way Akbar pulls the reader spritely through time and dreams and cities, all with poet's command of language.


The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon By Adam Shatz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780374176426
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 23rd, 2024

A new biography of writer-activist-thinker Frantz Fanon, from his early life in Martinique to his continuing influence in global conversations today. Shatz offers a dramatic reconstruction of Fanon's extraordinary life--and a guide to the books that underlie today's most vital efforts to challenge white supremacy and racial capitalism.


Forgottenness: A Novel By Tanja Maljartschuk, Zenia Tompkins (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tanja Maljartschuk, Zenia Tompkins (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781324093220
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Published: Liveright - January 23rd, 2024

An award-winning novel from one of Ukraine's most prolific contemporary authors, Forgottenness tells a spellbinding story of belonging and uprootedness, as understood by two exiles across time.


Last Acts: A Novel By Alexander Sammartino Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982196745
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Published: Scribner - January 23rd, 2024

"What a taut, energetic, tender, and wholly original debut novel Alexander Sammartino has written. He knows something deep about the dark heart of America that somehow doesn't stop him from writing about it with genuine, goofy love. Somewhere, Denis Johnson and Saul Bellow are smiling because their lineage--that of honest, highwire, virtuosic writing that summons up the world with all its charms and hazards, has found a worthy heir."

--George Saunders, author of Liberation Day


Come and Get It By Kiley Reid Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593328200
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 30th, 2024

From the celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Such a Fun Age comes a fresh and provocative story about a residential assistant and her messy entanglement with a professor and three unruly students. And you can call me Marie Kondo, 'cause I love mess.


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Good Material: A novel By Dolly Alderton Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593801307
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Published: Knopf - January 30th, 2024

Jen has dumped Andy, and he's handling the breakup in exactly the way all his friends and family might have expected: very, very badly. Pour yourself a good drink, grab the popcorn, and let Dolly Alderton remind you how beautifully hilarious heartbreak can be.