Our Most Anticipated Books of January 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.
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.
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.
One morning in 1519, conquistador HernÃ¡n CortÃ©s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'Ã Nous, the Prix Talents Cultura, and the Prix des libraires, the French booksellers' prize for best novel of the year.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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