Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight 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.
When Dr. Grind first tells Isabelle about the Infinite Family Project, it sounds like exactly what she needs. Isabelle has no money, the family she has left cannot help her, and she is pregnant with her teacher’s baby. With this in mind, she moves to Tennessee to join the compound and become part of an unusual parenting experiment. Kevin Wilson’s novel takes readers inside the Infinite Family Project, where parents and children live and work together like one big happy family. But, as readers might suspect, all families have their problems, and this one is no different.
We’ve all heard of Charles Darwin and his major contributions to our understanding of evolution. But how did Darwin’s discoveries fit into the political, social, and scientific realities of his time? Randall Fuller seeks to answer these questions in this exciting new book that will delight history buffs. Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published in 1859, just before the Civil War, and had an impact at such a charged historical moment. For readers who love learning about the impact and reception of big, transformative ideas, this book won’t disappoint.
In the Puget Sound, a body is discovered in an unusual place: a crab pot. Adding to the strangeness is the fact that no one can figure out who the victim, a woman, is. Detective Tracy Crosswhite, whom readers will recognize from the previous three installments in this series, is on the job and working hard to find out who killed the woman and why. Tracy is struggling with the case, however, because it’s reminding her of her own sister’s murder. Fans of the series are sure to enjoy this tense and twisty read.
Poppy hasn’t always gone by the name of Poppy. Once, she was known as Claude, and many believed that she was a boy. But in fact, Poppy is a transgender girl. In this novel, Laurie Frankel writes about Poppy’s family life through Poppy’s realizations about her gender. Kirkus raves, “A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child…. As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year.”
Catalina Nicholson possesses a dangerous secret, one her powerful stepfather would kill to keep hidden. When she first meets Leese Phelps, she’s certain that he’s been sent to do just that. Instead, Leese reveals that he’s a bodyguard there to protect her. The two travel to Cincinnati to keep Catalina safe, and along the way sparks begin to fly. Lori Foster’s first installment in her Body Armor series is a must-read for fans of romantic suspense.
Young adults looking for a thought-provoking read should check out Here We Are. The book is split into seven sections that explore gender, sex, sexuality, the history of feminism, and what being a feminist means today through essays, poetry, and art. More than 40 authors are included in the anthology, including Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, Daniel José Older, and Laurie Halse Anderson. This is an accessible, engaging collection that readers won’t want to miss out on.
In Paul Mosier’s moving middle grade novel, 12-year-old Rydr is on her way from Los Angeles to Chicago, moving out of her grandmother’s home and into her great-uncle’s. She’s never met him, but she doesn’t have very high hopes for her life there. On the long train ride, she begins to form friendships with her fellow passengers. As she learns their stories, she starts to open up about her own painful past. Life hasn’t been good to Rydr, but with a little help from her new friends, she begins to see that there’s still hope for a happy future.
Carole Boston Weatherford’s picture book biography is ideal for young entertainers-in-the-making. From a young age, Lena Horne knew she wanted to be in the spotlight, but she refused to compromise her beliefs to get there. When MGM offered her a contract (the first ever for a black actress) she signed on the dotted line, but refused to play the role of the maid or mammy. This book explores Lena’s determination to rise above those who would bring her down and her lasting legacy.