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14 new books to fuel your reading resolutions.

Katie Yee

January 19, 2021, 9:30am

How’s that New Year’s resolution to read more going? Yeah, badly for me, too! I just got an HBO Max subscription, so you can imagine my nights awash in the Friends theme song (I find the show comforting—don’t @ me!) and my weekends consumed by Watchmen (10/10 would recommend). But here I have a list to fuel your fire: 14 books coming out today.


Jana Larson_Reel Bay

Jana Larson, Reel Bay
(Coffee House Press)

“Larson captures both the fanaticism of creative fixation and the listlessness of artistic existential dread with clarity and empathy.”
–The Arkansas International

the doctors blackwell

Janice P. Nimura, The Doctors Blackwell
(W. W. Norton)

“Ms. Nimura places the stubborn, brilliant Blackwell sisters in an America that seems both utterly foreign and jarringly familiar, and she does so at a moment when we’re forced to confront the limitations of the medical orthodoxies and public-health initiatives of our time.”
–The Wall Street Journal

Ellie Eaton, The Divines

Ellie Eaton, The Divines
(William Morrow)

“Eaton does a good job describing class tension and the misery of trying to fit into a social clique as a teenager. Josephine’s steady unraveling of her teenage dramas will keep readers riveted.”
–Publishers Weekly

My Grandmother's Braid_Alina Bronsky

Alina Bronsky, tr. Tim Mohr, My Grandmother’s Braid

“Anyone struggling with an existential hangover from 2020 will find a certain ‘hair of the dog’ relief in this comic feel-bad novel. Bronsky has a Dickensian flair for writing about miserable children—or, rather, the miseries of childhood.”


William Boyd, Trio

“Mr. Boyd’s narrative gifts and film experience blend harmoniously.”
–The Wall Street Journal

Ladee Hubbard, The Rib King

“Hubbard’s measured, elegant style is a grounding contrast to it all, and she crafts a complex, suspenseful plot with skill. But, most of all, The Rib King is about its characters, complex, engaging, determined to rise.”
–Tampa Bay Times

Breath Taking_Michael J Stephen

Michael J. Stephen, Breath Taking
(Atlantic Monthly Press)

“Brains and hearts preoccupy science writers, so this rare exploration of lungs fills a need … Valuable popular science.”

Mark Leyner, Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit

Mark Leyner, Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit
(Little, Brown and Company)

“Leyner’s ludic, distorted vision will reward readers intrepid enough to gaze into the optometrist’s refractor.”
–Publishers Weekly

the world turned upside down_yang jisheng

Yang Jisheng, tr. Stacy Mosher, The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down is a rigorous, lengthy history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution that may prove to be the definitive account of the upheaval.”
–Shelf Awareness

Work_James Suzman

James Suzman, Work
(Penguin Press)

“…what Suzman’s foray into humanity’s past reveals is that leisure has never been the ready default mode we may imagine, even in the chillest of cultures.”
–The Atlantic

Richard Bradford, Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires

Richard Bradford, Devils, Lusts, and Strange Desires

“Though it breaks little new ground, the book is a happy mixture of biography and criticism.”

Nnedi Okorafor, Remote Control

Nnedi Okorafor, Remote Control
(Tor Books)

“…fans of science-fiction will enjoy this unique adventure and fans of literary fiction will be impressed by the underlying considerations of culture, identity, family, and more.”
–The Nerd Daily


Simon Winchester, Land

“With his unique blend of wide-eyed curiosity, meticulous research, and erudite analysis, Winchester weaves a tapestry that encompasses nearly every element involved in the concept of ‘land.'”
–The Boston Globe

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Charles Kenny, The Plague Cycle

“A timely, lucid look at the role of pandemics in history.”

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