Our top 10 books of January 2023

These are the 10 most notable books of January, as chosen by BookPage.

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Book jacket image for A Love by Design by Elizabeth Everett
Contemporary Romance

Need a great new enemies-to-lovers romance? How about one between two rival matchmakers, or a Victorian nobleman and a female engineer?

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Book jacket image for Life on Delay by John Hendrickson

John Hendrickson’s Life on Delay: Making Peace With a Stutter is a memoir that educates, endears, impacts and devastates, often simultaneously.

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Book jacket image for Everybody Knows by Jordan Harper

She Rides Shotgun author Jordan Harper knocks it out of the park with his sophomore mystery. Read our starred review in this month’s Whodunit column.

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Book jacket image for Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder

With a straightforward scrutiny that reveals without judging, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder offers a long, hard look at the lives of homeless people.

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Book jacket image for The Half Known Life by Pico Iyer

Part travelogue, part theological meditation and part memoir, The Half Known Life shimmers with wisdom gleaned from exploring the nooks and crannies of the human soul.

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Book jacket image for Beneath by Cori Doerrfeld

This extraordinary picture book captures what we truly need when we’re not ready to talk about what is happening underneath the surface.

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Book jacket image for Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo

Gut-wrenching and deeply human, Leigh Bardugo’s sequel to Ninth House will tug at your heartstrings even as it chills you to the bone.

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Book jacket image for Decent People by De'Shawn Charles Winslow

In his second novel, De’Shawn Charles Winslow invites readers on a satisfying ride that, through his keen observations of human nature, leads to deeper considerations of the glacial progress of racial equality.

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Book jacket image for Shubeik Lubeik by Deena Mohamed

Deena Mohamed’s richly detailed drawings imbue contemporary Cairo—and its all-too-familiar atmosphere of bureaucracy, rigid laws and class-based bias—with the magic of wishes, dragons, flying cars and talking donkeys.

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Book jacket image for For Lamb by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Children's & YA

Lesa Cline-Ransome powerfully chronicles the events that lead to a fictitious lynching in For Lamb, which expertly balances brutality and sensitivity.

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