When it comes to books, December often brings the unexpected. This year is no different; even with paper shortages and distribution issues complicating the world of publishing, this month had plenty of notable books to offer. This includes multiple works by certified geniuses and a host of intriguing books in translation. Looking for some cold-weather reading? Read on for our recommendations.
In our morning reading: interviews with Julia Alvarez and Lee Matalone, Charles Portis remembered, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and Helen Phillips, Alexander Chee on the craft of writing, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Alexis Coe, thoughts on Frances Quinlan’s new album, and more.
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Jonathan Buckley and Farooq Ahmed, an interview with Kenning JP García, and more.
New year, new books. January offers plenty of new titles to choose from, ranging from unsettling dystopias to thought-provoking works of nonfiction to boldly experimental literary works. Some of the books we’re most excited to read this month are from old favorites of ours; others are from writers whose work we’re eager to read for the first time. Here’s a selection of some of the January books we’re looking forward to.