Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 10 titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Winter Previews for the best books coming out this season.
We don’t know how Joyce Carol Oates finds the time to keep churning out incredible books, but we sure are glad that she does. Her latest novel introduces readers to Elihu “Eli” Hoopes, a man who suffers from amnesia and can’t remember anything other than the last 70 seconds of his life, and Margot Sharpe, a neuroscientist determined to uncover Eli’s lost memories.
Crime readers who love a retired cop rejoining the force will devour this new installment in Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series. After a single month, John Rebus is already bored with retirement. So when DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case, he leaps at the chance to get back to work. The case involves a senior lawyer found dead after being sent a threatening note. As it turns out, Rebus’ old rival Big Ger Cafferty received an identical note. Cafferty received a bullet through his window as well, but survived the encounter. Meanwhile, another DI on the force is on the trail of a crime family that seems bent on revenge. Could the cases be linked? You’ll just have to read to find out.
If you find yourself keeping up with the latest news about the recently recaptured drug kingpin El Chapo, you’ll want to pick this up. Author Ioan Grillo is a British journalist who traveled to Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, and Central America to gain insight into the modern-day gangsters who control their domains with narcotics, money, and violence. In this gripping account, Grillo interviews police officers, drug lords, and victims of violence to give readers insight into these troubled areas and how widespread these criminal networks are. Harrowing and at time difficult to read, this book will give readers a better picture of the failed war on drugs in these countries, and the serious repercussions of that failure.
Healing the body through the power of positive thinking is often linked with New Age ideologies, but award-winning science writer Jo Marchant wanted to know if there was any scientific evidence to suggest that our thoughts can help with infection and disease. Marchant traveled the world and spoke with doctors and researchers who shared their incredible findings. From the benefits of meditation (it can protect against dementia) to the scent of lavender impacting an immune system, these findings only provoke further questions about the power of our minds and the relationship between medicine and mindfulness. This is a thought-provoking read about the science of our minds and bodies.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when Veblen Amundsen-Hovda’s life goes haywire she turns to an unlikely friend: a neighborhood squirrel. First there’s her overly demanding mother, then there’s her institutionalized father, and then her relationship with her fiancé Paul grows rocky after his medical research leads to a breakthrough that promises fame, fortune, and a deal with the Department of Defense. So Veblen goes to the only creature she thinks understands her and begins venting to a local squirrel. Quirky and hilarious, this novel by New Yorker contributor Elizabeth McKenzie is excellent for readers who are looking for an unconventional story about families, marriage, and love.
Three New York Times bestselling authors come together to weave a tale of love and mystery in this enthralling novel. World War II doctor Kate Schuyler is surprised when one of her wounded patients seems to recognize her, even though he calls her by a different name. Curious, she looks through his personal belongings and is shocked to find a small portrait of a woman who looks exactly like her and is wearing a ruby pendant that was given to Kate by her mother. The answers to Kate’s questions lie in the past, and the novel introduces two other narrators from the Gilded and Jazz ages respectively. Author collaborations can yield incredible storylines, and if you’re a fan of Karen White, Beatriz Williams, or Lauren Willig, you won’t want to miss this one.
If there’s anything we love more than a punny title, it’s a moving journey of self discovery. This young adult novel has both. Harper Scott has spent her entire life working towards her dream of becoming a professional ballerina, but when she realizes that her dream will no longer happen, she escapes to the most remote place on the planet: Antarctica. Thanks to a family connection to arctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, Harper ends up far from her home of San Francisco at the McMurdo Station. It’s there that she begins looking back through her high school memories and analyzing where everything went wrong. The ice and darkness of the explorer base allow her to mourn her lost dream, but it also gives her a place to begin rebuilding herself and shaping a new plan for her life.
Emma died when she was 22 years old, but she’s been born again as a girl named Ana. Her second life is a good one, and while she still misses her first mom, Ana is mostly content to leave the past where it belongs. Then one fateful day, she runs into a woman who she knew from her first life and a long-forgotten memory of a drowning girl resurfaces in her mind. Ana can’t shake the feeling that Emma was somehow responsible for the girl’s death. This contemporary novel with a reincarnation twist is ideal for young adult readers who want a pinch of fantasy in a thrilling mystery.
Miss Minou hates dogs. So she doesn’t know what to do when one has chased her up a tree. Thankfully, a young reporter named Mr. Tibble comes to her rescue. Miss Minou wants to return his kindess and when she learns that he’s about to lose his job because his boss thinks he writes about cats too often, she decides to help. You see, Miss Minou is very friendly with the city’s feline population and they share insider gossip and news with her. With her help, Mr. Tibble becomes a rising star in the reporting world. But then he begins to wonder about Miss Minou’s catlike grace, aversion to dogs, and her furry sources. He starts to consider the impossible: Could she be a cat herself? This middle grade novel is purrfect for little cat lovers.
Every child’s library should be stocked with at least one gorgeous alphabet book, and we’d highly recommend this one. But this volume is a little unusual: There are no words on its pages, and there is no story to be told. Instead, each page is decorated with stunning ink-and-watercolor illustrations that will captivate readers of all ages. The illustrations help young readers identify words that begin with the letter being featured. On the “L” page there is a lion lazing about, as well as a young lamb and leaves. But a sharp readers will also notice the lace decorating the “L.” Touches like the lace make this picture book ideal for second and third readings when even more hidden gems can be spotted.