Top Reads | Starred January Reviews

The top reads from our January issue, ranging across mystery, romance, fiction, science fiction, horror, arts, science, and social science. 








Rudnick, Paul. Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style. S. & S.

Shields, Aomawa. Life on Other Planets: A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe. Books on Tape.

Singer, Matt. Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever. Books on Tape.

Solomons, Natasha. Fair Rosaline. Recorded Books.

Winkler, Henry. Being Henry: The Fonz…and Beyond. Macmillan Audio.


January, Ava. The Mayfair Dagger. Crooked Lane.

Kubica, Mary. She’s Not Sorry. Park Row: Harlequin.

Landau, A.J. Leave No Trace. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

McFadden, Freida. The Teacher. Sourcebooks.

Nee, John Shen Yen & SJ Rozan. The Murder of Mr. Ma. Soho Crime.

White, Loreth Anne. The Unquiet Bones. Montlake.

Yamashita, Iris. Village in the Dark. Berkley.


Ashton, Edward. Mal Goes to War. St. Martin’s.

Howard, Scott Alexander. The Other Valley. Atria.

Johnson, Micaiah. Those Beyond the Wall. Del Rey: Ballantine.

Rice, Waubgeshig. Moon of the Turning Leaves. Morrow.

Westerbeke, Douglas. A Short Walk Through a Wide World. Avid Reader.


Jones, Stephen Graham. The Angel of Indian Lake. Saga.

LaRocca, Eric. This Skin Was Once Mine and Other Disturbances. Titan.

Pelayo, Cynthia. Forgotten Sisters. Thomas & Mercer: Amazon.


Comfort, Jen. What Is Love? Montlake.

Long, Julie Anne. My Season of Scandal. Avon.

Tubati-Alexander, Neely. In a Not-So-Perfect World. Harper Perennial.


Banks, Russell. American Spirits. Knopf.

Enrigue, Alvaro. You Dreamed of Empires. Riverhead.

Kashiwai, Hisashi. The Kamogawa Food Detectives. Putnam.

Lennon, Ferdia. Glorious Exploits. Holt.


Sundin, Sarah. Embers in the London Sky. Revell.


Cosper, Mike. Land of My Sojourn: The Landscape of a Faith Lost and Found. IVP.

Coutley, Lisa Fay. Host. Univ. of Wisconsin.

Golland, David Hamilton. Livin’ Just To Find Emotion: Journey and the Story of American Rock. Rowman & Littlefield.

Henderson, Odie. Black Caesars and Foxy Cleopatras: A History of Blaxploitation Cinema. Abrams.

Hibbard, J. Todd. Prophets and Prophecy: God Speaks in Ancient Israel and Judah. Paulist.

Parry, John Weston. The Burden of Sports: How and Why Athletes Struggle with Mental Health. Rowman & Littlefield.

Said, Edward W. Said on Opera. Columbia Univ.

Thomson, David. Remotely: Travels in the Binge of TV. Yale Univ.


Cline, Eric H. After 1177 B.C.: The Survival of Civilizations. Princeton Univ.

Ghilarducci, Teresa. Work, Retire, Repeat: The Uncertainty of Retirement in the New Economy. Univ. of Chicago.

Hermez, Sami. My Brother, My Land: A Story from Palestine. Redwood: Stanford Univ.

Horton, Michelle. Dear Sister: A Memoir of Secrets, Survival, and Unbreakable Bonds. Grand Central.

Klinenberg, Eric. 2020: One City, Seven People, and the Year Everything Changed. Knopf.

O’Connor, John. The Secret History of Bigfoot: Field Notes on a North American Monster. Sourcebooks.


Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship. 2nd ed. Association of College & Research Libraries.

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