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Just in time for the the winter solstice and the long, cold nights ahead, I have a new winter reading list to share! Most of these don’t come out for a few more weeks, so get your pre-orders and library requests in! If you’re an avid reader and reviewer, you can also check out NetGalley for early access!
Is there anything you’re looking forward to reading? Anything you’d recommend? You can find lots more recommendations from me here.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (January 12, 2016) — From the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitterage. Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.
The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan (January 5, 2016) — Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here. Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared—and what it will take to get it back.
Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner (January 5, 2016) — From the author of Secrets of a Charmed Life. When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie.
The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig (January 19, 2016) — Beatriz Williams is one of my favorite authors, so this one immediately went on my to-read list. When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.
The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth (January 19, 2016) — From the author of The Secrets of Midwives. Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one another resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (January 26, 2016) — The New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson (February 2, 2016) — Since I work in publishing, I can’t help but be drawn to books about publishing. Literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been a recluse for years. But after losing all of her money, she’ll need to write another book for the first time in decades. Alice Whitley is assigned by Mimi’s publisher to monitor the book’s progress. But when Alice arrives, she finds herself put in charge of Mimi’s eccentric 9-year-old son, Frank.
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson (February 16, 2016) — A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel.
The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber (February 23, 2016) — Full disclosure, this book was originally published by the publisher I work for and I was a huge advocate and handled all the marketing. It’s since been picked up by St. Martin’s and the paperback edition comes out in February. One day in 1855 Lucy Lobdell cut her hair, changed clothes, and went off to live her life as a man. By the time it was over, she was notorious.
The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil (December 1, 2015) — Elite Manhattan criminal defense attorney Sam Tahar seems to have it all: fame, fortune, good looks, an enviable marriage to a prominent socialite, and two wonderful children. But his life is a house of cards; everything that he has achieved stems from a single lie he told in a moment of weakness.