Best Books Winter 2018

BEST NEW BOOKS TO READ THIS WINTER by elle magazine

Article Courtesy of ESTELLE TANG with ELLE magazine

Escaping the news. Grabbing a quiet moment for yourself. Taking time out from the holiday hustle. Just for the pure pleasure of it. Whatever your reason to read this winter, we support you! Here are the books we're most looking forward to this snow season.

7Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Whether you'll enjoy this dystopian tale will depend on your appetite for too-close-to-home fiction. If our path reaches its intended destination, perhaps we'd have the America Leni Zumas imagines: abortion is illegal, and embryos have rights of life, liberty, and property. Five women—daughters, mothers, students, Americans—encounter the limits of their agency as women when one of them falls prey to a witch hunt. (January 16, Little, Brown)

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8Little Reunions by Eileen Chang

Chinese author Eileen Chang passed away in 1995, but her work is still being gradually revealed to an Anglophone audience—if you've seen Ang Lee's 2007 film Lust, Caution, you're already familiar with the elegant but stark nature of her stories, and the unforgiving realities her characters must sometimes endure. Here, Chang riffs on her own life, presenting a heroine with an opium-addict father and politically dangerous lover. (January 16, NYRB Classics)

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9When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

Patrisse Khan-Cullors co-founded one of the most vital activist groups of recent years. Now, get to the heart of Black Lives Matter with her account of how the movement began, and marvel at the brilliance and persistence of her mission despite a continuing lack of understanding and compassion from many. (January 16, St. Martin's Press)

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10Peach by Emma Glass

In the wake of a horrific sexual assault, titular protagonist Peach attempts to navigate a life that has tilted on its axis. As accounts of sexual assault and misconduct have arisen in recent months, our inability to reckon with such events and their aftermath has only become more clear. This short novel—under 100 pages—confronts the enormity with impressionistic grace. (January 23, Bloomsbury)

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11Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Wow, this crime novel just gave me my newest nightmare: Five colleagues go on a hike (first mistake), and one doesn't return. Four different stories makes it hard for Agent Aaron Falk (whom we met in Harper's debut, The Dry) to discern the truth. Don't read this one during the workweek. (February 6, Flatiron Books)

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12Heart Berries

The great tradition of processing trauma through writing continues with this memoir from the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Facing a diagnosis of PTSD and bipolar disorder, Terese Marie Mailhot details a crucible of an upbringing that formed both a person and a book of wisdom. (February 6, Counterpoint)

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13The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

Donald Trump anchored his political campaign in fear, and one of his most divisive promises was to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Former Border Patrol officer Francisco Cantú's nuanced account of this deeply significant, yet to many unknown, territory comes at a time when there is more fear-mongering bluster about the area than there are real stories about the people who live, work, and die there. (February 6, Riverhead)

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14Cringeworthy by Melissa Dahl

I actually need this book to come sooner, because I'm due for public embarrassment in 3...2...1. Oh, this is your stop too? Hahaha. Uh. Author Melissa Dahl delves into her own shame spirals and explores why we find certain events so mortifying; she even argues that they give us opportunities to grow and be memorable. (February 13, Portfolio)

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15Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

"We came from somewhere—everything does." So speak the multiple selves within Ada, a young Nigerian woman whose multitudes feel more personal than proverbial. In lyrical prose, debut author Akwaeke Emezi shows us just how a fractured sense of self can be split wide open by new contexts and trauma. (February 13, Grove Press)

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