67 Compelling Titles | Starred Reviews, Feb., 2020

Essential titles reviewed in our February 2020 print issue, spanning fiction, graphic novels, and mystery/suspense.

 

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Mystery & Suspense

Bouman, Tom. The Bramble and the Rose. Norton.

Bowen, Rhys. Above the Bay of Angels. Lake Union: Amazon.

MacNeal, Susan Elia. The King’s Justice. Bantam.

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. Untamed Shore. Agora: Polis.

Thomas, Russ. Firewatching. Putnam.

Vidich, Paul. The Coldest Warrior. Pegasus.

 

SF/Fantasy

Boyden, Alina. Stealing Thunder. Ace: Berkley.

Robson, Eddie. Hearts of Oak. Tor.com.

 

Romance

Rai, Alisha. Girl Gone Viral. Avon.

 

Graphic Novels

Backderf, Derf. Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio. ComicArts: Abrams.

DeForge, Michael. Familiar Face. Drawn & Quarterly.

Greenberg, Isabel. Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontës. Comics Arts: Abrams.

Jusay, Jeremy. The Strange Ones. Gallery 13: S. & S.

Passmore, Ben. Sports Is Hell. Koyama.

Roca, Paco. The Winter of the Cartoonist. Fantagraphics.

Smith, Frank “Big Black” & Jared Reinmuth (text) & Améziane (illus.). Big Black: Stand at Attica. Archaia.

 

Fiction

Adiga, Aravind. Amnesty. Scribner.

Araghi, Ali. The Immortals of Tehran. Melville House.

Erdrich, Louise. The Night Watchman. Harper.

Hauck, Rachel. The Fifth Avenue Story Society. Thomas Nelson.

Jen, Gish. The Resisters. Knopf. Feb. 2020.

King, Lily. Writers & Lovers. Grove.

McBride, James. Deacon King Kong. Riverhead.

McCann, Colum. Apeirogon. Random.

Mandel, Emily St. John. The Glass Hotel. Knopf.

Montimore, Margarita. Oona Out of Order. Flatiron.xcvbn

Nemens, Emily. The Cactus League. Farrar.

Pagán, Camille. This Won’t End Well. Lake Union: Amazon.

Palombo, Alyssa. The Borgia Confessions. Griffin: St. Martin’s.

Phillips, Arthur. The King at the Edge of the World. Random.

Thammavongsa, Souvankham. How To Pronounce Knife. Little, Brown.

Wright, Steven. The Coyotes of Carthage. Ecco: HarperCollins.

Zapata, Michael. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau. Hanover Square: Harlequin.

Zhang, C Pam. How Much of These Hills Is Gold. Riverhead.

 

Arts & Humanities

Adams, Khristi. Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color. Fortress.

Brooks, Amanda. Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner's Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run. Hachette.

de Rogatis, Tiziana. Elena Ferrante’s Key Words. Europa.

Ferrante, Elena. Incidental Inventions. Europa.

McGuckin, John Anthony. The Eastern Orthodox Church: A New History. Yale Univ.

Reynolds, Gabriel Said. Allah: God in the Qur’an. Yale Univ.

 

Social Sciences

Battistella, Edwin L. Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump. Oxford Univ.

Coe, Alexis. You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington. Viking.

Enrich, David. Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction. Custom House.

Eyre, Eric. Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic. Scribner.

Fight of the Century. Avid Reader: S & S. ed. by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman.

Fritzsche, Peter. Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich. Basic: Perseus.

Glenconner, Anne. Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown. Hachette.

Lance, Rachel. In the Waves: My Quest To Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine. Dutton.

Landdeck, Katherine Sharp. The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II. Crown.

Lang, Maya Shanbhag. What We Carry: A Memoir. Dial.

Mask, Deirdre. The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power. St. Martin’s.

Ollivier, Bernard. Walking to Samarkand: The Great Silk Road from Persia to Central Asia. Skyhorse.

Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used To Undermine Women. ed. by Lizzie Skurnick. Seal Pr.

Stephens, Michael. Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance. ALA.

Van Engen, Abram. City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism. Yale Univ.

Wizenberg, Molly. The Fixed Stars. Abrams.

 

Science & Technology

Chesney, Alexis. Preventing Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases in the Home Landscape; Prevent Infection Using Herbal Protocols; Treat Tick Bites with Natural Remedies. Storey.

Symon, Michael & Douglas Trattner. Fix It with Food: More Than 125 Recipes To Address Autoimmune Issues and Inflammation; A Cookbook. Clarkson Potter: Crown.

Todd, Zazie. Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. Greystone.

 

Reference

Bailly, Jean-Christophe & others. An Atlas of Geographical Wonders: From Mountaintops to Riverbeds. Princeton Architectural.

50 Events That Shaped African American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. 2 vols. ABC-CLIO. ed. by Jamie J. Wilson.

Molina-Pérez, Rubén & others. Dinosaur Facts and Figures: The Theropods and Other Dinosauriformes. Princeton Univ.

Waterman, Jon. National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks. National Geographic.

 

Audiobooks

Alharthi, Jokha. Celestial Bodies. Tantor. tr. from Arabic by Marilyn Booth.

Jewell, Lisa. The Family Upstairs. S. & S. Audio.

John, Elton. Me. Macmillan Audio.

Rubenhold, Hallie. The Five. HighBridge Audio.

 

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