Happy new year, dear readers! With the new year comes a brand new to-be-read pile. There are many adventures coming out this year—from exploring the story behind a painting to stories that unravel in parallel universes, from the world of machines to Korean cuisine. The first few months of this year are packed with highly anticipated books, so take a look at some of the titles we can’t wait to dive into.
Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran
Release date: January 10, 2017
A realistic tale of love and adventure, of the challenging journey of the undocumented seeking a new life in new lands, of two mothers who love the same boy. Expect heartstrings to be tugged.
Shanti Sekaran teaches Creative Writing at California College of Arts and is a member of Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Release date: January 17, 2017
A heart-wrenching journey of loss and letting go as Griffin, after learning of his ex-boyfriend’s death, spirals down in his grief and mental illness.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Adam Silvera is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling novel More Happy Than Not. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
Release date: January 31, 2017
Touted to be Auster’s greatest and most satisfying novel, 4321 follows four life trajectories of Archibald Isaac Ferguson, born in post-WWII America. In each trajectory, Ferguson meets Amy Schneiderman and forms a unique relationship with her.
Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Winter Journal, Sunset Park, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy. This is his first work of fiction in 7 years.
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Release date: February 7, 2017
Space adventures featuring exile, political turmoil, revenge, and dangerous technology. Belleza’s debut novel weaves in elements of Asian culture not usually the subject of most science fiction and fantasy. Empress of a Thousand Skies is the first of two books.
Rhoda Belleza is a Filipino-American writer and children’s book editor living in New York City.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Release date: February 14, 2017
A moving story about Abraham Lincoln and his son Willie, rooted in history but branches into the supernatural. Following Willie’s death, Abraham Lincoln visits the crypt several times to hold his son; while on the other side, we journey with Willie into a strange purgatory known as the bardo.
George Saunders has written eight books, including the National Book Award finalist Tenth of December. Lincoln in the Bardo is his first novel.
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Release date: February 21, 2017
Christina Baker Kline paints the story of the girl in Andrew Wyeth’s famous piece, Christina’s World. Giving new life to this iconic painting, Kline portrays in her novel the tender but powerful relationship of fact and fiction, artist and muse, woman and family.
Christina Baker Kline is the author of Orphan Train, which spent more than two years in the NYT bestseller list. A young readers’ adaptation of Orphan Train will be released this year.
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
Release date: February 21, 2017
Dark and intense short stories that will give readers a different view of contemporary Argentina. With stories of heartbreak, magic, and fire, this collection is a surreal and immersive experience.
Mariana Enriquez is a writer and editor based in Buenos Aires, where she contributes to a number of newspapers and literary journals, both fiction and nonfiction.
To Be a Machine by Mark O’Connell
Release date: February 28, 2017
An exploration of the world of visionaries and eccentrics, biohackers and billionaires, all investigating what it means to be a machine in order to figure out what it means to be human.
Mark O’Connell is a books columnist for Slate, and staff writer at The Millions. He lives in Dublin.
Eating Korea by Graham Holliday
Release date: March 14, 2017
A culinary tour of Korea as journalist and traveler Graham Holliday tries to find the balance between traditional Korean cuisine and the reinventions of these classics that are taking over the world one dish at a time.
Graham Holliday grew up in Rugby, England, but has since lived in different parts of the world, like South Korea and Viet Nam. He is currently based in Dakar, Senegal, where he is writing a novel.
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