New Releases in January
Text by Robyn Collins and Ron Jensen
Now that you’ve survived the holidays, it’s a great time to add to your reading list. January brings a memoir from Carl Bernstein, a biography of Lorraine Hansberry, and a high-octane thriller among others. Take your pick.
Anthem by Noah Hawley
A cast of teenagers defend against a number of adversaries — from a widespread mental health crisis years after the outset of the coronavirus pandemic to a malevolent man resembling Jeffrey Epstein — in this new thriller from Hawley, known for his work on TV series such as Bones and Fargo. Available now.
Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho
This debut story collection centers on two Taiwanese Americans growing up in Los Angeles as they explore class, sexuality, friendship and family secrets — and, later, how to sustain their friendship through the ups and downs of young adulthood. Available now.
Changing History: A Kid in the Newsroom by Carl Bernstein
Bernstein begins his memoir in 1960, when he landed his first job in journalism: as a copy boy at The Washington Star. Bernstein chronicled many of the country’s most riveting stories even before he broke news of Nixon’s Watergate crimes, and he recounts his experiences with a mix of wonder and pride. Available January 11.
Lost and Found: A Memoir by Kathryn Schulz
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer reflects on meeting her spouse and the death of her father as she examines the role that discovery and loss play throughout everyone’s lives, from the large scale (wars, displacement, pandemics) to the intimate (hunting around the house for a misplaced trinket). Available on January 11.
All Day is a Long Time by David Sanchez
This coming-of-age debut follows David, a teenager on Florida’s Gulf Coast, as he battles drug addiction, dips in and out of jail and eventually, falls back on his love of reading to find solid ground. Available January 18.
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry
Perry, a professor of African American studies at Princetonand an Alabamian, argues that to understand the full history of America, one must study the South. Examining the region, she writes, “allows us to understand much more about our nation, and about how our people, land, and commerce work in relation to one another, often cruelly, and about how our tastes and ways flow from our habits.” Available January 25.
The Maid by Nita Prose
In Prose’s charming, eccentric debut, Molly — who struggles with social skills and cues — takes pleasure in her solitary job cleaning rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel until she finds herself a suspect in a guest’s murder.Available now.
To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
Yanagihara, the editor of T Magazine and the author of A Little Life, imagines alternate Americas, the first in 1893, when the country consists, post-Civil War, of separate territories; another in 1993, when a Hawaiian man living in New York reckons with his past as the city confronts H.I.V.; and the third in 2093, when America is beset by pandemics and authoritarian rule. Available January 11.
Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking by Leonard Mlodinow
Rationality, reason and logic have been heralded as the foundation of a clear mind, but Mlodinow, a physicist, argues that taking our feelings into account can help us make better decisions. He offers plenty of real-world examples, including his parents’ experiences as Holocaust survivors.
Lorraine Hansberry:The Life Behind “A Raisin in the Sun” by Charles J. Shields
Hansberry is best remembered for her acclaimed play A Raisin in the Sun, the first by a Black woman to be performed on Broadway. “Never before, in the entire history of the American theater, had so much of the truth of Black people’s lives been seen on the stage,” James Baldwin wrote. Shields, the biographer of Harper Lee and Kurt Vonnegut, draws on correspondence, interviews and more as he delves into Hansberry’s upbringing, politics and sexuality. Available January 18.
Joan is Okay by Weike Wang
Joan, an I.C.U. doctor at a New York City hospital, fends off suggestions from her sister-in-law that she’s not a real woman without children of her own, while mourning her father and dealing with her widowed mother. She’s solitary, literal-minded and extremely awkward — all of which contribute to the hilarity of this novel. Available January 18.
Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier
In this new thriller, a case of mistaken identity places Demi in the cross hairs of a wealthy couple, Lyla and Graham, who have devised a sinister game that plays out at their Hollywood Hills mansion. Available January 25.