Looking for the perfect book to snuggle up with this winter? Check out these amazing sure-to-be-bestsellers coming soon to a bookstore near you!
Note: This post contains affiliate links. Complimentary copies of some of the books mentioned here were provided by the publishers. In my descriptions of the books on this list, I have borrowed snippets of plot synopses from Amazon, editing and paraphrasing to keep the word count down to a reasonable level.
Silk and Song by Dana Stabenow
December 1 | Head of Zeus
Beijing, 1322. Sixteen-year-old Wu Johanna is the granddaughter of the legendary trader Marco Polo. In the wake of her father’s death, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan. Johanna’s destiny—if she has one—lies with her grandfather, in Venice. So, with a small band of companions, she takes to the road—the Silk Road—that storied collection of routes that link the silks of Cathay, the spices of the Indies and the jewels of the Indus to the markets of the west. But first, she must survive treachery and betrayal on a road beset by thieves, fanatics, and warlords.
Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
December 5 | Bloomsbury
From the internationally bestselling author of The Bastard of Istanbul comes this novel set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul. Peri arrives at a party and over the course of the dinner, amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city. Competing in Peri’s mind are the memories invoked by her almost-lost polaroid, of the time years earlier when she was sent abroad to attend Oxford University. She had become friends with the charming, adventurous Shirin, a fully assimilated Iranian girl, and Mona, a devout Egyptian-American. As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
January 2 | William Morrow
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times…and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
January 2 | Scribner
Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she’s forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
January 2 | Random House
It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands like a beacon, attracting the lonely, sleepless, and adrift. Frank, the shop’s owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this mysterious woman. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind.
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna
January 9 | Doubleday
When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find them. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing drug epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
January 16 | Random House
From the twice Pulitzer-nominated author of Jesus’ Son comes this new short story collection. It finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating old age, mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson’s death in May 2017, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
January 16 | Little, Brown, & Co.
Abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five different women navigate these new barriers. Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro’s best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling herbalist, or “mender,” who brings all their fates together when she’s arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.
Peach by Emma Glass
January 23 | Bloomsbury
Staggering around the town streets in the aftermath of an assault, Peach feels a trickle of blood down her legs, a lingering smell of her anonymous attacker on her skin. She manages to make her way to her home, where she stumbles into another oddly nightmarish reality: Her parents can’t seem to comprehend that anything has happened to their daughter. The next day, Peach tries to return to the routines of her ordinary life. And yet, as Peach struggles through the next few days, she is stalked by the memories of her unacknowledged trauma. Though she tries to close her eyes to what has happened, Peach, at last, begins to understand the drastic, gruesome action she must take.
Points North by Howard Frank Mosher
January 23 | St. Martin’s Press
In Points North, completed just weeks before his death, Howard Mosher presents a collection of stories that center around the Kinneson family, ranging over decades of their history in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. From a loquacious itinerant preacher who beguiles the reticent farmers and shopkeepers of a small New England town, to a proposed dam that threatens the river that Kinneson men have fished for generations, the scandalous secret of a romance and its violent consequences, and a young man’s seemingly fruitless search for love―Points North is a final gift to the readers who treasure Howard Frank Mosher.
The Milk Lady of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan
January 23 | Workman
When Shoba Narayan, a writer and cookbook author who has lived in Manhattan for years, moves back to Bangalore with her family, she befriends the milk lady, from whom she buys fresh milk every day. These two women from very different backgrounds bond over not only cows, but also family, food, and life. After Narayan agrees to buy her milk lady a new cow, they set off looking for just the right one, but what was at first a simple economic transaction becomes something much more complicated.
The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
January 30 | Delacorte
In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts along, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object—a human head, attached to a human body. If anything could take Flavia’s mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder—although this one may lead the young sleuth to an early grave.
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
February 6 | Ecco
It’s 1980 in New York City, and nowhere is the city’s glamour and energy better reflected than in the burgeoning Harlem ball scene, where seventeen-year-old Angel first comes into her own. When she falls in love with Hector, the two decide to form the House of Xtravaganza, the first-ever all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, the Xtravaganzas must learn to navigate sex work, addiction, and persistent abuse, leaning on each other as bulwarks against a world that resists them. All are determined to control their own fates, even as they hurtle toward devastating consequences.
The Storm King by Brendan Duffy
February 6 | Ballantine
After a tumultuous youth, Nate left his Adirondack hometown of Greystone Lake and never looked back. Fourteen years later, he’s become a respected New York City surgeon, devoted husband, and loving father. Then a body is discovered deep in the forests that surround Greystone Lake. This disturbing news finally draws Nate home. As a massive hurricane bears down on the Northeast, the air becomes electric and escalating acts of violence echo events from Nate’s own past. Without a doubt, a reckoning is coming—one that will lay bare the lies that lifelong friends have told themselves and unleash a vengeance that may consume them all.
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
February 6 | Viking
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare’s England to jazz-age Paris, Tom has seen it all. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom now has the perfect cover—working as a history teacher. The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love…
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
February 6 | Flatiron
When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into the isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
February 6 | Algonquin
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
February 6 | Knopf
A gunman has entered the first grader Zach Taylor’s school building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter’s parents, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours.
The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson
February 6 | Touchstone
In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever. When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.
Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
February 13 | Ballantine
All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is told that Iranian daughters should be quiet and modest, but she always finds ways to rebel—writing poems and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour. Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom. Forugh’s poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules—at enormous cost. But the power of her writing grows only stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.
Sadness Is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher
February 13 | Atria
Moving back to Israel after several years in Pennsylvania, Jonathan is ready to fight to preserve and defend the Jewish state, which his grandfather helped establish. But he is also conflicted about the possibility of having to monitor the occupied Palestinian territories, a concern that grows deeper and more urgent when he meets Nimreen and Laith—the twin daughter and son of his mother’s friend. From that winter morning on, the three become inseparable, but with his draft date rapidly approaching, Jonathan wrestles with the question of what it means to be proud of your heritage and loyal to your people, while also feeling love for those outside of your own tribal family.48 Amazing New Books You Need to Read This WinterClick To Tweet
The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg
December 5 | Bloomsbury
Scared to death about the ever-increasing possibility of nuclear war? Don’t read this book. You’ll never sleep again. Former high-level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg helped create the dilemma we’re in today and now he’s here to break it down. In The Doomsday Machine, he shows that the legacy of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization—and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration—threatens our very survival. Framed as a memoir, this expose offers feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing “doomsday machine” and avoid nuclear catastrophe.
Moral Combat by R. Marie Griffith
December 12 | Basic Books
From gay marriage and transgender rights to birth control and abortion, sex is at the heart of many of the most divisive political issues of our age. The origins of these conflicts, historian R. Marie Griffith argues, lie in sharp disagreements that emerged among American Christians a century ago. From the 1920s onward, a once-solid Christian consensus regarding gender roles and sexual morality began to crumble, and thus the culture wars were born. Moral Combat is a history of how the Christian consensus on sex unraveled, and how this unraveling has made our political battles over sex so ferocious and so intractable.
The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking
December 26 | William Morrow
This list contains a lot of sad, infuriating, and generally unpleasant books, so here’s an uplifting one for you. In The Little Book of Lykke, happiness researcher Meik Wiking identifies the six factors that explain the majority of differences in happiness across the world—togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness—and explores what actions we can take to become happier. As he reveals, we can deepen our blissfulness and contentment with little adjustments in our behavior, whether it’s eating like the French (sitting around a table and savoring our time) or dancing the tango like Argentinians in Buenos Aires. Fun!
Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg
January 2 | Baker
I’ve been a fan of Lois Tverberg’s work for years. She does an amazing job of placing the stories and teachings of Jesus in their original Jewish context for modern readers, which, judging by her last two books, can be pretty mind-blowing. In this book, she answers the questions: What would it be like for modern readers to sit down beside Jesus as he explained the Bible to them? What life-changing insights might emerge from such a transformative encounter? She explains age-old imagery that we often misinterpret, allowing readers to approach God and the stories and teachings of Scripture with new eyes.
Tears of Salt by Pietro Bartolo, Translated by Lidia Tilotta
January 9 | W.W. Norton
Situated more than one hundred miles off Italy’s southern coast, the rocky island of Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees fleeing civil war and terrorism. Dr. Pietro Bartolo, who runs the lone medical clinic on the island, has been caring for many of them―both the living and the dead―for a quarter century. Tears of Salt is Dr. Bartolo’s account of his life and work set against one of the signal crises of our time. If you liked The New Odyssey, give this one a try.
Getting Off by Erica Garza
January 9 | Simon & Schuster
In the recent firestorm of sexual harassment allegations, sex addiction has become a popular catchphrase–and a controversial one at that. Psychologists are divided about whether the disorder even exists. But one thing is for sure: when talking about sex addiction, women are largely left out of the conversation. In this memoir, Erica Garza chronicles her battle with a debilitating sex and porn addiction, which she says did not stem from any precipitating trauma. In exploring the cultural taboos surrounding sex and porn from a female perspective, Garza offers a necessary voice to our evolving conversations about addiction and the impact that Internet culture has had on us all.
BRAVE by Rose McGowan
January 10 | HarperOne
Rose McGowan has been in the news a lot lately, but I don’t know a lot about her outside of her from her role in taking down Weinstein. Her background is compelling. Rose was born and raised in the Italian chapter of the Children of God, which she eventually escaped through a cornfield at night. Later, she was “discovered” on a curb in Los Angeles and became one of Hollywood’s most desired actresses overnight. BRAVE is her memoir and manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a star and activist who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry and shine a light on a multi-billion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny.
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
January 16 | St. Martin’s Press
From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America, but in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and Asha Bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt
January 16 | Crown
Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.
Swearing Is Good for You by Emma Byrne
January 23 | W.W. Norton
In case the title alone doesn’t convince you to read this book, here’s a quick synopsis: We’re often told that swearing is outrageous or even offensive, but the latest research by neuroscientists, psychologists, and sociologists, has revealed that swear words―when used judiciously―can have surprising benefits. It has been shown to reduce physical pain, to lower anxiety, to prevent physical violence, to help trauma victims recover language, and to promote human cooperation. Taking readers on a whirlwind tour through scientific experiments, historical case studies, and cutting-edge research, Byrne demonstrates how much cursing can reveal about different cultures and their values.
This Narrow Space by Elisha Waldman
January 30 | Schocken
This Narrow Space is the memoir of the seven years Dr. Elisha Waldman spent taking care of children—Israeli Jews, Muslims, and Christians; Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza—with one devastating thing in common: they had all been diagnosed with some form of cancer. Navigating the baffling Israeli bureaucracy, the ever-present threat of war, and the cultural clashes that sometimes spilled over into his clinic, Waldman struggled with his own questions of identity and belief, and with the intractable conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that had become a fact of his daily life.
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú
February 6 | Riverhead
For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story.
Children of Nazis by Tania Crasnianski, Translated by Molly Grogan
February 6 | Arcade
Ever wonder what happened to the children of notorious Nazis? Me neither, but reading about this book sparked my interest. Although innocent and unaware of what was happening at the time, the children of Himmler, Mengele, and Göring, and others eventually discovered their fathers’ crimes. How did the offspring of these leaders deal with the aftermath of the war and the skeletons that would haunt them forever? By tracing the unique experiences of these children, Tania Craznianski probes their relationships with their fathers and examines the idea of how responsibility for the fault is continually borne by the descendants.
Feel Free by Zadie Smith
February 6 | Penguin Press
Arranged into five sections—In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free—this new collection poses questions we immediately recognize. What is The Social Network—and Facebook itself—really about? Why do we love libraries? What will we tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming? Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, such as “Joy” and “Find Your Beach,” Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith’s own life.
Too Afraid to Cry by Ali Cobby Eckermann
February 13 | Liveright
In Too Afraid to Cry, award-winning author Ali Cobby Eckermann describes with searing detail the devastating effects of racist policies that tore apart Indigenous Australian communities and created the Stolen Generations of “adoptees”—Aboriginal children forcibly taken from their birth families. Told at first through the frank eyes of a child whose life was irretrievably changed after being “adopted” into a German Lutheran family, Too Afraid to Cry tells an intensely personal story of abuse and trauma. It offers a mirror to America and Canada’s own dark history of coerced adoption of Native American children, and the violence inflicted on our continent’s Indigenous peoples.
In Full Flight by John Heminway
February 13 | Knopf
Is it possible to rewrite a heinous past simply by doing good in the present? This is the question Heminway explores in this book about Dr. Anne Spoerry–nicknamed “Mama Daktari” or “Mother Doctor” by the Kenyan people she treated for fifty years. Before her decades-long tenure in Africa, Spoerry earned a far more sinister moniker as a “doctor” in a Nazi concentration camp. This book takes readers on a journey across a haunting African landscape and into a dramatic life punctuated by both courage and weakness and driven by a powerful need to atone.
A False Report by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong
February 6 | Crown
On August 11, 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie reported that a masked man broke into her apartment and raped her. Within days police became suspicious of her story. Confronted with inconsistencies in her story, Marie broke down and said her story was a lie—a bid for attention. She was charged with false reporting. More than two years later, Colorado detective Stacy Galbraith uncovered evidence of a serial rapist and connected him to attacks in multiple states. Based on investigative files and extensive interviews, A False Report unveils the disturbing reality of how sexual assault is investigated today and the long history of skepticism toward rape victims.
What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson
February 20 | Farrar, Straus & Giroux
In this essay collection, Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Marilynne Robinson trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson’s peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display. What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake American political and cultural life.
Secrets We Kept by Krystal A. Sital
February 20 | W.W. Norton
In the lush landscape of Trinidad, Krystal A. Sital grew up idolizing her grandfather, a wealthy Hindu landowner. Years later, the family resettles in New Jersey, where Krystal’s mother works as a nanny and the warmth of Trinidad seems a distant memory. But when her grandfather lapses into a coma after a fall at home, the women he has terrorized for decades begin to speak, and a brutal past comes to light. In the lyrical patois of her mother and grandmother, Krystal learns the long-held secrets of their family’s past, and what it took for her foremothers to survive and find strength in themselves.
Educated by Tara Westover
February 20 | Random House
Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling canned food and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. When one of her brothers got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far–and if there was still a way home.
The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko & Tucker Carrington
February 27 | PublicAffairs
After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks. Together they spent a combined thirty years in prison before finally being exonerated in 2008. Meanwhile, the real killer remained free. Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington argue that bad forensics, structural racism, and institutional failures are at fault, and raise sobering questions about our criminal justice system’s ability to address them.
Invisible by Michele Lent Hirsch
February 27 | Beacon Press
Young women with serious illnesses are one of the most overlooked and maligned populations in our health-care system. Research shows that doctors are more familiar with the way symptoms manifest in men and often fail to recognize equally dangerous ones in their female patients, and women are often told they’re faking it or that their symptoms are “all in your head.” Weaving together interviews, insights from scientists on the study of gender and illness, and her own harrowing medical story, Michele Lent Hirsch exposes just how much our gender norms hurt women who are already hurting, and how sexism prevails both in relationships and at the doctor’s office.
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman
February 27 | Dutton
I’ve never watched The Bachelor–or had any desire to do so–but I would like to know why so many people find this sort of entertainment…so…well…entertaining. In this book, journalist Amy Kaufman–a Bachelor fan herself–explores what our fascination means, culturally: what the show says about the way we view so-called ideal suitors, our subconscious yearning for fairy-tale romance, and how this enduring television show has shaped society’s feelings about love, marriage, and feminism.
Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down by Ida Keeling
February 27 | Zondervan
Many years ago, Ida Keeling’s two sons were brutally murdered. She felt like she didn’t have the strength to carry on, but–encouraged by her daughter–Ida put on her first pair of running shoes at the age of sixty-seven and began to chase the paralyzing sorrow from her heart. Today, Ida, now 101, holds the world record for the fastest time in the 60-meter dash for the 95-99 age group. In this memoir, Ida shares her inspirational story about growing up as a child of immigrants during the Depression and gives us a clear picture of what it means to overcome obstacles.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
February 27 | Harper
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, true crime journalist Michelle McNamara was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” This book offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind.
Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright
February 27 | HarperOne
In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology. Wright contends that our knowledge of Paul and appreciation for his legacy cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Giving us an in-depth exploration of the human and intellectual drama that shaped Paul, Wright provides greater clarity of the apostle’s writings, thoughts, and ideas and helps us see them in a fresh, innovative way.
Eat the Apple by Matt Young
February 27 | Bloomsbury
Eat the Apple is the twisted and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war. Matt Young joined the Marine Corps at age eighteen after a drunken night culminating in wrapping his car around a fire hydrant. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases charged with making him a Marine. Matt survived the training and three deployments to Iraq, where the testosterone and danger were dialed up a dozen decibels. Young’s story drops us unarmed into Marine Corps culture and lays bare the absurdism of 21st-century war and the true, if often misguided, motivations that drove a young man to a life at war.
Which books are you most looking forward to this winter?