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.
Starred by both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, Diane Les Becquets’ first adult novel is one that thriller readers won’t want to miss. Amy Raye Latour is in need of some quiet. She leaves her hunting party with the intention of finding an elk, and she never returns. When Ranger Pru Hathaway hears that an experienced hunter is missing, she knows that something isn’t right. She sets off with her search and rescue dog, Kona, to try and find Amy Raye before she’s lost to the winter elements. Split into two narratives, the story follows Amy Raye’s struggle for survival and Pru’s unrelenting determination to bring Amy Raye home safe. Packed with suspense, a husband’s motive for murder, and the horrors of being stranded, this is a captivating read you won’t be able to put down.
Ever thought of vanishing without a trace? In this humorous novel, a famous Brazilian writer does exactly that. Beatriz Yagoda is last seen climbing into an almond tree, and no one has spotted her since. Beatriz’s American translator Emma isn’t taking the news lying down. She packs her bags and flies off to Rio de Janeiro to meet with Beatriz’s children and find their mother. What they find instead is a loan shark owed half a million dollars. Turns out, Beatriz has a thing for online poker. Idra Novey’s debut novel has it all: romance, a noirish mystery, danger at every turn, comedy, and thoughtful musings on the writing life.
This gothic mystery from English author Eve Chase is perfect reading for cold February nights. Lorna and her fiancé Jon are searching for a wedding venue when they come across Black Rabbit Hall. It’s not nearly as nice as other places they’ve visited, but Lorna is completely taken with it. She seeks out the owner and leaps at the chance to spend a few nights there, despite Jon’s protests. Once they’re settled in, Lorna starts to unravel the manor’s scandalous past, only to realize that the house’s secrets might concern her as well.
Ed Boland spent years working with Project Advance, a nonprofit aimed at helping underprivileged kids receive access to higher education. Restless and wanting to do more, he left his job as an executive and entered into New York City’s Union Street School as a ninth grade world history teacher. At the end of his year there, his naive ideals had been shaken and his eyes had been opened to the harsh reality that both teachers and students face when fighting for education in a system that doesn’t support them. He witnessed passionate educators with plans for reform get shot down by the administration. And he was rattled when he learned about the home lives of his students: one boy ran a drug ring, a girl had been homeschooled on the subway by her homeless mother, and an undocumented boy was forced to give up his Ivy league dreams. Boland’s memoir is a call to action, and he provides insight into what he thinks needs to change to better serve students everywhere.
Georgia O’Keeffe couldn’t have known when she first met gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz that he would change her life completely. In this novelization of the American artist’s life, Dawn Tripp takes readers from Georgia’s classroom in Texas to New York City where she became Alfred’s muse. Alfred showcased Georgia’s work in his gallery and introduced her to prominent members of the art world. He also took nude photos of her that some found scandalous and others found sensational. As her own talents blossomed, Georgia fought to distance herself from his pictures, wanting to be seen as an artist herself and not a subject. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called this book a “tour de force,” and we think lovers of art and history will find this to be a compelling read.
Richard Price, writing here as Harry Brandt, weaves a suspenseful and gripping tale of vigilantes and vengeance. Sergeant Billy Graves has been on the night watch since he accidentally killed a child in the line of duty. He doesn’t mind the job, but finds himself thinking of his White, a Melville-inspired term for the one that got away. Billy’s is Curtis Taft, a triple murderer. Most cops realize that they can’t catch every single baddie, but a group called the Wild Geese don’t accept this and they begin hunting down the Whites of other cops. When Billy realizes his own family is being targeted, he realizes he has to face the Geese once and for all.
When his father died, novelist and screenwriter Chris Offutt didn’t expect to inherit 1,800 pounds of erotica, but that’s exactly what happened. In this fascinating memoir, Chris returns to his childhood home to help his mother sort through the things his father left behind. His father, Andrew Offutt, originally started writing when the family needed money, but the new hobby sparked something. Andrew went on to write over 400 novels that feature everything from pirate porn to ghost porn, zombie porn to inquisition torture. As Chris pores over the pages, he grapples with his image of his father: a cruel man with a short fuse and a never ending stream of stories to tell.
Fans of Marcus Sedgwick’s The Ghosts of Heaven will love finding the connections between the five characters in Parker Peevyhouse’s debut novel. Dylan’s novella takes place a year from now, Brixney’s 10 year from now, Epony’s 30 years from now, Reef’s 60 years from now, and Quinn’s over 100 years from now. Together, they tell the story of a world on the brink of destruction and their desperate search to find the Other Place, a world where they might finally be safe. If you love science fiction, fantasy, and puzzles, this one is for you.
Newbery honoree Marion Dane Bauer warmed readers’ hearts with Little Dog Lost, and this companion novel about a compassionate calico cat is sure to please. Told in verse, this middle grade novel follows Patches as she leaves the comfort of her home and ventures into the outside world to follow a golden leaf. Once outside, Patches feels as though she is searching for something. She doesn’t know what it is, but she’s sure she’ll know when she finds it. Little readers will be enchanted by this gentle tale.
Alta wants to grow up to be just like her hero Wilma Rudolph, a real life three-time track and field Olympic gold medalist. Sprinter Wilma was once the fastest girl in Clarksville, Tennessee, and now Alta proudly holds the same title. That is, until a girl named Charmaine with brand new shoes challenges her to a race. Like Wilma, Alta comes from a family where money is tight. Her beloved running shoes are covered in holes—will they be a match for Charmaine’s bright and shiny kicks? Teamwork is the real winner in this charming picture book by Pat Zietlow Miller.