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20 Best Books To Read in January

  • FICTION

    YONDER

    JAN. 11, 2022

FICTION

YONDER

by Jabari Asim

A wonder-filled novel about the power of words and stories to bring hope to the most difficult situations. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    OLGA DIES DREAMING

    JAN. 11, 2022

FICTION

OLGA DIES DREAMING

by Xochitl Gonzalez

Atmospheric, intelligent, and well informed: an impressive debut. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BLANK PAGES

    JAN. 11, 2022

FICTION

BLANK PAGES

by Bernard MacLaverty

A fine collection by a true craftsman, thematically rich and deeply humane. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    TO PARADISE

    JAN. 11, 2022

FICTION

TO PARADISE

by Hanya Yanagihara

Gigantic, strange, exquisite, terrifying, and replete with mystery. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    LORRAINE HANSBERRY

    JAN. 18, 2022

NONFICTION

LORRAINE HANSBERRY

by Charles J. Shields

A revealing and rewarding biography documenting the life, work, and historical relevance of a great American author. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    LOST & FOUND

    JAN. 11, 2022

NONFICTION

LOST & FOUND

by Kathryn Schulz

A searchingly intelligent memoir and psychological meditation. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    SOUTH TO AMERICA

    JAN. 25, 2022

HISTORY

SOUTH TO AMERICA

by Imani Perry

A graceful, finely crafted examination of America’s racial, cultural, and political identity. Perry always delivers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ALLOW ME TO RETORT

    MARCH 1, 2022

NONFICTION

ALLOW ME TO RETORT

by Elie Mystal

A reading of the Constitution that all social justice advocates should study. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND

    JAN. 4, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND

by David Valdes

A great read offering entertainment, encouragement, and plenty to reflect upon. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    LOVEBOAT REUNION

    JAN. 25, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    DREAM, ANNIE, DREAM

    FEB. 8, 2022

CHILDREN'S

DREAM, ANNIE, DREAM

by Waka T. Brown

An eye-opening, inspiring story of growing up, facing obstacles, and chasing your dreams anyway. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    NORTHWIND

    JAN. 11, 2022

CHILDREN'S

NORTHWIND

by Gary Paulsen

A voyage both singular and universal, marked by sharply felt risks and rewards and deep waters beneath. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    LENA AND THE BURNING OF GREENWOOD

    JAN. 1, 2022

CHILDREN'S

LENA AND THE BURNING OF GREENWOOD

by Nikki Shannon Smith ; illustrated by Markia Jenai

An unflinching account of the Tulsa Race Massacre seen through the eyes of a young Black girl. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FOSSIL HUNTER

    JAN. 25, 2022

CHILDREN'S

FOSSIL HUNTER

by Cheryl Blackford ; illustrated by Ellen Duda

Solid, respectful scholarship tailored for mature, serious-minded young readers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TÍA FORTUNA'S NEW HOME

    JAN. 25, 2022

CHILDREN'S

TÍA FORTUNA'S NEW HOME

by Ruth Behar ; illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

A nostalgic glimpse at a little-known but rich culture within the broader Jewish American community. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    PINK

    JAN. 4, 2022

CHILDREN'S

PINK

by Virginia Zimmerman ; illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma

A timely nod to female empowerment that knits together generations of girls and women and raises a hat to activists... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    EYES THAT SPEAK TO THE STARS

    FEB. 15, 2022

CHILDREN'S

EYES THAT SPEAK TO THE STARS

by Joanna Ho ; illustrated by Dung Ho

A beautifully validating book that builds on the necessary work of its predecessor. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WHERE IS BINA BEAR?

    JAN. 11, 2022

CHILDREN'S

WHERE IS BINA BEAR?

by Mike Curato ; illustrated by Mike Curato

Imbued with understanding and overt silliness; a quietly chucklesome affirmation of introverts. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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