Books I can't wait to read in 2019: Winter releases
Unmarriageable

Unmarriageable

This Pride and Prejudice update is set in Pakistan, 2001, and features a modern-day version of the family you know and love: the Binat family includes a sharp-witted father, marriage-obsessed mother, and five daughters. Alysba teaches English, and in a fun opening scene she challenges her teenage students to reinterpret Austen's famous opening line. Kamal uses her heroine's profession—and accompanying love of reading—to explore themes of colonialism and identity; despite these weighty themes she keeps her tone light. This is, above all, a rom com—and it's a fun one. Publication date January 22. More info →
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The Huntress

The Huntress

Publishers Weekly calls this follow-up to 2017's The Alice Network "a suspenseful WWII tale of murder and revenge." In this historical novel, the huntress is a female Nazi who committed atrocious war crimes, but three individuals are determined to track her down, each for their own reasons—an Englishman, an American, and a female Russian bomber pilot. In all the world, the pilot is the only one who can recognize the huntress on sight. Pair this with Elizabeth Wein's new release (below) for a fascinating book flight. Publication date February 26. More info →
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An Orchestra of Minorities

An Orchestra of Minorities

The much-anticipated second novel from the author of The Fishermen, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. This novel is also set in Nigeria; Shelf Awareness calls it "a dark look at the lengths people will go to achieve their dream." Publication date January 8. More info →
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Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness

Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness

As someone who's typing this from a very messy desk, I'm intrigued by the promise of this new gift book-sized work. The publisher says, "Gretchen Rubin has found that getting control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives.... With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Gretchen Rubin suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment—one that helps us to create the lives we want." Yes, please. Publication date March 5. More info →
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The Paragon Hotel

The Paragon Hotel

My previous experience with Faye's work is limited to Jane Steele, but Faye's new historical thriller seems like a whole other beast. The year is 1921, the setting Oregon. The KKK has arrived in Oregon with terrifying results, but the Paragon Hotel is a haven for African-Americans threatened by the Klan. Publishers Weekly says, "What starts as a bit of a Prohibition-era crime romp becomes increasingly relevant as issues of mental illness, race, and gender identity take on greater significance." Publication date January 8. More info →
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Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna (An Auntie Poldi Adventure Book 2)

Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna (An Auntie Poldi Adventure Book 2)

Last year's hit Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Liions was a delightful surprise (and a Summer Reading Guide pick!) I'm happy the series continues here, especially because early reviews say the second installment about the spirited Bavarian widow living by the Italian sea is every bit as good as the first. Publication date March 5. More info →
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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

I've read this already and haven't been able to resist recommending it on more than one episode of What Should I Read Next. This is Shapiro's story about how she very recently discovered a life-changing, identity-threatening secret about her family, and what happened next. If you've enjoyed Shapiro's work in the past, like her most recent memoir Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, I recommend you avoid the spoiler-laden reviews (that specify what that family secret is) and dive right in. Publication date January 15. More info →
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The Dreamers

The Dreamers

This was one of my 2018 favorites, since I read it early. I loved Walker's 2012 debut The Age of Miracles and have been impatiently waiting for a follow-up. It's finally (almost here): this one doesn't come out till 2019, but its release date is right around the corner. The story begins with a college student crawling into bed and falling asleep. Her roommate thinks she has the flu ... but she doesn't wake up. She's patient zero of a strange illness that plunges its victims into deep sleeps some never wake up from. The community is quarantined, but as the illness nevertheless spreads, so does the sense of panic. I flew through this unusual book: equal parts mystery, fantasy, and dystopian novel, all overlaid with a dream-like quality. Publication date January 15. More info →
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A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

From the author of the beloved Code Name Verity series, a nonfiction work for teens about the female combat pilots of World War II, who flew in the Soviet Union's women-only regiments. Kirkus says, "For readers invested in military and/or feminist history, this important book soars." Publication date January 22. More info →
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The Lost Girls of Paris

The Lost Girls of Paris

I loved Jenoff's last book The Orphan's Tale and am excited about her new release, inspired by a real but little known network of WWII female operatives. Publishers Weekly calls this "a mesmerizing tale full of appealing characters, intrigue, suspense, and romance." Publication date January 29. More info →
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On the Come Up

On the Come Up

From the author of the runaway bestseller The Hate U Give, a new novel that takes readers back to the neighborhood of Garden Heights, with a brand-new cast of characters including an aspiring young rapper named Brianna. Thomas says the book is about "what it means to be young, black in America when freedom of speech isn’t always free." Publication date February 5. More info →
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I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations

I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations

I blurbed this forthcoming book from the hosts of Pantsuit Politics, one of my favorite podcasts, saying "For those overwhelmed and exhausted by the current [toxic] state of political discourse in America, you're right—there is a better way. Drawing on years of on-the-ground experience, they unpack what's gone wrong and outline how we can begin to fix it, both in our own hearts and in our communities. Their practical guide is full of exactly what long-time fans have come to expect, and new readers will quickly come to appreciate: no shouting, no insults, plenty of nuance." Publication date February 5. More info →
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Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

I'm so ready for this. Here's Newport in his own words: "We have been too casual in adopting alluring new technologies, and as a result our quality of life is diminishing. To solve this problem I propose a philosophy of technology use called digital minimalism in which you radically reduce the time you spend staring at screens, focusing on a small number of digital activities that strongly support things you deeply value, and then happily ignoring the rest." Publication date February 5. More info →
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Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls

From the author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, a new release about the mushrooming anxiety experienced by today's adolescent girls. While some stress is healthy, this widespread and increasing anxiety is new, and Damour promises to help by providing common-sense suggestions, professional insight, and real-life case studies documenting what we can do about it. Publication date February 12. More info →
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