This Week’s Hottest Releases: January 29 — February 4

This Week’s Hottest Releases: January 29 — February 4

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.

The Animators

Once Sharon Kisses and Mel Vaught meet in college, their lives are never the same again. Their first encounter was in an art class, and from there, they formed a powerful friendship and professional relationship that shaped both of their careers as animators. It seemed like they had it all: great jobs, good company, and bright futures. But life never quite goes as planned, and a tour begins to put some serious strain on the duo. For fans of comics or those who loved The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, this book won’t disappoint.

Rest in Power

One of life’s great tragedies is unquestionably the loss of a child. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin know this all too well: They are the parents of Trayvon Martin. In this book, Trayvon’s parents write about their son and what happened in the days and hours before he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Kirkus writes, “The authors also provide answers not readily found in the avalanche of news covering this story, and the book should foster further discussions on the issues of race and violence in America.”

The Prisoner

Fans of the John Wells series of CIA thrillers from Alex Berenson, rejoice! Berenson is back with an 11th installment featuring Wells’ riskiest mission yet. Someone at the CIA—Wells isn’t sure who—is sending information to ISIS. In order to find the mole and make him or her stop, Wells will go undercover as a member of al Qaeda, intentionally get himself caught, and then look for an ISIS contact in a shadowy prison in Bulgaria. This heart-pounding thriller will keep readers up all night, eagerly turning pages.

The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping

After World War II, Erwin’s life is filled with questions. He was born in Ukraine, but the war forces him to stay in a basement for two years. Once the fighting is over, he is brought to Naples with other survivors. He is, above all, exhausted—physically, mentally, and spiritually. From Naples, he leaves for Palestine. All of these travels are steps towards becoming an artist and forming an identity. Publishers Weekly writes, “Throughout, [Aharon] Appelfeld focuses not on historical events or moral judgements but on the formation of a writer, one much like himself, able to transform memory into transcendent prose.”

Breathless

If those ripped arms aren’t enough reason to pick up this book, here’s more: Kent Randolph spent years traveling around the West as a ranch hand, but now he’s ready to put down roots. When he returns to his hometown and lays eyes on Portia Carmichael, or Duchess, as he used to call her, he knows that she’s the woman he wants to spend the rest of his days with. Kent knew Portia when they were younger, and is well aware that she had a rough childhood. Though her defenses are up, he’s willing to take things slowly and prove that he’s a man she can rely on to protect her, support her, and encourage her to achieve her dreams of being a business owner. Beverly Jenkins has done it again, readers.

Our Own Private Universe

Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon is tired of her sexuality being “hypothetical.” She identifies as bisexual, but has never been with another girl. She isn’t even sure how that would work, but she wants to find out. When she travels to Mexico with her youth group for the summer, she decides she can’t leave without having a summer romance. Enter Christa, a closeted pansexual that Aki can’t take her eyes off of. Robin Talley’s latest is a satisfying and heartwarming story about first times, love, sexuality, and finding yourself.

Loving vs. Virginia

This verse novel from Patricia Hruby Powell introduces middle grade readers to the groundbreaking civil rights case that brought a married couple before the Supreme Court. Accompanied by illustrations by Shadra Strickland, the poems tell an inspiring story of Mildred and Richard Loving, who were sentenced to serve a year in prison for violating a Virginia law that stated whites and blacks could not marry. Though they were surrounded by hate and violence, Mildred and Richard fought for their love and won.

Still a Family

Are you still a family if you don’t live with both parents? Are you still a family if you don’t have a house? In this moving and important picture book, a homeless girl and her family work to keep their bond strong. The young narrator and her mother spend their nights in a women’s shelter, while her father must spend his in one for men. The policy of segregating shelters by gender is common across the country, but it makes the girl feel as though her family is broken apart. During the day, her parents take her to the park to play games and share stories. She realizes that her family can never be broken if they have love to keep them together.

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