3 books to look for in the new year

These look GOOD. You can reserve these now at the NY Public Library even tho they haven’t yet received any copies. Could be worth checking your own local library.

3 BookBub Editors Predict Which Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Winter

By Zachary Benjamin•November 19, 2019•2 min read

Winter is almost here, and you know what that means: Time to curl up with a soft blanket, a warm beverage, and a good book. And luckily, this winter is set to serve up some incredible offerings for all kinds of readers. Below, our editors share the books they think everyone will be talking about this season, from groundbreaking literary fiction to hair-raising psychological thrillers. Get a head start on your New Year’s reading resolution and check out the winter’s biggest new releases!

Book cover for American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

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Meredith’s recommendation: I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but American Dirt might be the book of 2020. Following a Mexican woman and her young son as they travel toward the US-Mexico border, Jeanine Cummins’s new novel looks to be both a powerful immigrant narrative and a moving exploration of familial bonds. It’s already being compared to American classics like The Grapes of Wrath and has garnered major praise from Kristin HannahStephen King, and Sandra Cisneros. Expect to see this everywhere — and get your hands on a copy ASAP.

Book cover for Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

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Nadia’s recommendation: I’m excited about this one! First, let’s get the buzz out of the way: Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age has been causing a splash ever since it was sold in a major 10-publisher auction. Film rights were snapped up months ago (by writer/producer Lena Waithe, no less), and it counts a growing list of extremely notable names amongst its fans. But it’s the plot that really gets me — one that spirals outwards after the young black babysitter employed by a popular white blogger is apprehended at a grocery store, accused of kidnapping the two-year-old in her care. It feels fresh and witty and honest, reminiscent of some of my favorite contemporary authors, from Meg Wolitzer to Zadie Smith. Reid lends a deft hand to issues of race, power, and privilege. And can you believe this is a debut? 

Book cover for The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

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Diane’s recommendation: Psychological thrillers nearly always prey on the fear that the people we love may be far from who we think they are. The Wives takes it a step further, exploring an unconventional marriage between one man and three women, none of whom have ever met or spoken. The book begins with a discovery by Thursday, the second wife: In Seth’s pocket, she finds a note that includes the name of a woman, Hannah. Overcome with curiosity about the other wife, she tracks Hannah down and strikes up a friendship under false pretenses, only to learn chilling truths about the man she thinks she knows. Who is Seth, really? And can the mysterious third wife be the key to everything? This unputdownable thriller is a must-read for any fans of domestic suspense — and the twist will have you talking for months. 

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