Babel by R.F. Kuang
Set in an alternate Victorian Britain, R.F. Kuang’s standalone historical fantasy is an unforgiving examination of the cost of power.
Everywhere With You by Carlie Sorosiak, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth
Carlie Sorosiak and Devon Holzwarth’s flawless picture book rings with a tender truth: When you are with the ones you love, everywhere you go is home.
Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola
This enemies-to-lovers romance set on a British university campus hums with Bolu Babalola’s energetic, intelligent voice.
An Immense World by Ed Yong
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ed Yong’s nonfiction study of animal senses is an immersive, page-turning reading experience.
In Love by Amy Bloom
Amy Bloom is known for examining the dynamics of intimacy in her fiction, but she has never gotten closer to the flame than in this memoir of her husband’s early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Lolo’s Light by Liz Garton Scanlon
Liz Garton Scanlon’s compelling middle grade novel glows with empathy and understanding.
Man o’ War by Cory McCarthy
This YA novel’s exploration of queer identity ferociously resists the idea that coming out is a simple or straightforward process.
The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
Despite its doomed Midwestern setting, Tess Gunty’s debut novel makes storytelling seem like the most fun a person can have.
Trust by Hernan Diaz
Hernan Diaz’s second novel is a beautifully composed masterpiece that examines the insidious disparities between rich and poor, truth and fiction.
Winter Work by Dan Fesperman
Dan Fesperman’s intense post-Cold War mystery savvily addresses both the personal and political pressures facing an East German spy.