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.
Written by New York Times-bestselling author Jim Harrison, this collection of novellas will carry readers from Montana all the way to London. Some readers will gravitate towards the out-there antics of The Case of the Howling Buddhas, in which a cult howls with monkeys at the zoo as part of their rituals. Other readers may prefer Harrison’s more autobiographical work about relationships in transition and what it means to be a successful writer. If you’re feeling like something a little longer than a short story, but something that demands less commitment than a full-on novel, these novellas might be just right.
Whether you’ve always had a roof over your head, or you’ve spent some nights lying awake, thinking about how or if you’ll be able to pay rent, this is an important book. Sociologist Matthew Desmond follows the stories of a few struggling tenants in Milwaukee, and paints a troubling picture of a huge problem in American cities today. What happens when people get evicted? How can families survive financially after spending more than half of their income on rent? Where do landlords figure into the equation, and why is eviction becoming more common? Desmond addresses these questions and more in this very necessary book.
With a name like Joe Wilderness, you have to lead an exciting life. In this thriller, Wilderness begins the story in jail after shooting someone in Berlin. Luckily, he gets pardoned, and can resume his secret agent ways before too long, although the incident will continue to haunt him. Author John Lawton spins an engrossing tale about Cold War tensions in Europe, and leaps through time and across borders to tell the full story of what really happened on the day of the shooting in Berlin. Readers, buckle your seatbelts: You’re in for a wild ride.
Short story aficionados: This one is for you. Rick Bass’s latest collection, For a Little While, combines some of his new stories with what fans will likely term “oldies but goodies” from earlier in his career. Kirkus called this collection “essential reading for students of the modern American short story,” and frankly, we agree. The subjects of these many short stories are varied, but Bass’s signature voice continues to boldly capture truths about the intricacies of all of our relationships. Don’t miss this collection.
If you secretly wanted to high-five Lorelai Gilmore when she successfully used “existentialist” in a sentence while visiting Harvard with Rory, then you might enjoy this book. Sarah Bakewell takes readers on a journey to meet the famous existentialists in this book, ranging from Albert Camus to Martin Heidegger. Along the way, readers will encounter a host of fascinating characters and learn about existentialism itself. Whether you’re a history buff, a philosophy nerd, or you too just want to use “existentialist” in a sentence, this book is for you.
Fans of historical mysteries can rejoice at the return of Sebastian St. Cyr. Sebastian and his wife, Hero, are visiting a quiet village to pay their respects to a deceased friend and to research Sebastian’s family. While they’re there, a woman is found dead, apparently from suicide. Sebastian is called into investigate and soon discovers that the woman had been hiding her true identity. Together, the husband and wife team begin to dig into the mysterious woman’s secret life in the hopes of uncovering who killed her.
Miss Katharine Wright suffered two injuries to her leg that force her to use a cane to walk. When the handsome Adam Greyhawke offers to give her dancing lessons, believing that they might help her strengthen her leg enough to walk without assistance, she can’t say no. Their attraction is palpable, but Adam has sworn off marriage. After the death of his wife, he vowed to never again meet a woman at the altar. Katharine believes that there is something between them that cannot be denied, and sets out to prove to Adam that love is worth the risk.
Fans of young adult literature and Sherlock Holmes will devour Brittany Cavallaro’s new mystery. At a Connecticut prep school, the great-great-grandson of John Watson comes face to face with the great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes. Though some may think Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are destined to be friends, they find themselves at odds instead. The one thing that can bring them together? A murder, of course. When it appears as though they’re being framed, the two must step into the shoes of their famous grandfathers to clear their names.
In Leslie Connor’s latest middle grade novel, she introduces readers to Perry T. Cook. He was born and raised in a minimum security prison. He sleeps in the room next to Warden Daugherty’s office, he’s friendly with most of the prisons, and he loves getting to spend time with his mom. Together they fantasize about the day she’s paroled and can buy a real house. Things are going smoothly until a new district attorney learns of their unique arrangement and has Perry sent to a foster home. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, he begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding her crime in the hopes he’ll find answers that could help her be released. In America, 1 in every 28 children has a parent in prison, making this a book that has the potential to touch many young lives. Readers who like this will also enjoy Ruby On the Outside.
There’s been a shift in the weather recently, and it seems as though spring truly is around the corner. To celebrate this new season, we’d recommend indulging in this sweet picture book by Julie Fogliano. From spring’s flowers to summer’s sweet heat, from fall’s gentle breezes to winter’s magical snowfalls, this book takes young readers on a year-long journey through poetry. Children especially will love pulling this book out during the year and flipping through to the illustrations of their favorite seasons.