"Ten Things I Hate About the Duke," "The Devil and the Dark Water," & More Stellar Titles | Starred Reviews, Jan. 2021

Essential titles and great reads in our January 2021 print issue, spanning mystery & suspense, sf/fantasy, horror, romance, audiobooks, nonfiction, and more. 

Essential titles and great reads in our January 2021 print issue, spanning mystery & suspense, sf/fantasy, horror, romance, audiobooks, nonfiction, and more. 








Mystery & Suspense

Booth, Claire. Fatal Divisions

Florio, Gwen. Best Laid Plans.

Reynolds, Allie. Shiver

Stallings, Josh. Tricky



Bishop, Anne. The Queen's Weapons

Gornichec, Genevieve. The Witch's Heart

Johnson, Joshua Phillip. The Forever Sea

Maxwell, Everina. Winter's Orbit

Osborne, Karen. Engines of Oblivion

Waggoner, C.M. The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry



Chase, Loretta. Ten Things I Hate About the Duke



Malik, Usman T. Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan

Pelayo, Cynthia. Children of Chicago



Audrain, Ashley. The Push.

Chance, Megan. A Splendid Ruin

Davies, Carys. The Mission House

Dillon, Alena. The Happiest Girl in the World

Dobmeier, Tracy & Wendy Katzman. Girls with Bright Futures

Fernández, Nona. The Twilight Zone

Hubbard, Ladee. The Rib King.

Johnson, Sadeqa. Yellow Wife

Okri, Ben. Prayer for the Living

Ruchti, Cynthia. Facing the Dawn

Vlautin, Willy. The Night Always Comes


Arts & Humanities

Byrd, James P. A Holy Baptism of Fire and Blood: The Bible and the American Civil War

Greene, Richard. The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene

Spitzer, Michael. The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth


Social Sciences

Bren, Paulina. The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free

Brina, Elizabeth Miki. Speak, Okinawa.

Healy, Thomas. Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia

Juan, Li. Winter Pasture: One Woman's Journey with China's Kazakh Herders

Kefalas, Maria J. Harnessing Grief: A Mother's Quest for Meaning and Miracles

LaPorte, Nicole. Guilty Admissions: The Bribes, Favors, and Phonies Behind the College Cheating Scandal

Larman, Alexander. The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication

Pearson, Bradford. The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America.

Ricketts, Rachel. Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy

Vedantam, Shankar & Bill Mesler. Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain


Science & Technology

Engelhaupt, Erika (text) & Briony Morrow-Cribbs (illus.). Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science

Freeman, Jackie. Easy Beans: Simple, Satisfying Recipes That Are Good for You, Your Wallet, and the Planet

Nimura, Janice P. The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

Roberts, David. The Bears Ears: A Human History of America’s Most Endangered Wilderness

Siemens, Kelsey. The Farmer's Daughter Bakes: Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Every Fruit on the Farm

Wang, Jason & Jessica Chou (text) & Jenny Huang (photos). Xi'an Famous Foods: The Cuisine of Western China, from New York's Favorite Noodle Shop



Bartrop, Paul R. & Eve E. Grimm. Children of the Holocaust

New York Magazine. The Encyclopedia of New York

Hillstrom, Laurie Collier. Family Separation and the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis



Turton, Stuart. The Devil and the Dark Water

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