Top Ten Reads for the New Year

New year, new books for your shelf.

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Dava Shastri’s Last Day

Dava Shastri's Last Day cover

by Kirthana Ramisetti

A big-hearted, juicy, funny story of family and legacies, secrets and FOMO that wrestles with big questions like: How does society value women? Why do we care so much about celebrity culture?

(Grand Central)

The Maid

The Maid book cover

by Nita Prose

For fans of cozy mysteries, an original and warm-hearted whodunit story of a young, quirky hotel maid who discovers a guest dead in his room and becomes the primary suspect.



Anthem book cover

by Noah Hawley

An epic new literary thriller from the creator of the TV series Fargo. Set in this American moment, Hawley takes readers on a wild ride to confront some of our darkest and most dangerous instincts.

(Grand Central)

To Paradise

To Paradise book cover

by Hanya Yanagihara

The author of A Little Life‘s new literary masterpiece, this much-anticipated novel spans three centuries to tell a sweeping story of America independence, and how we can break free from legacies and chart our own destinies.


Beautiful Little Fools

Beautiful Little Fools

by Jillian Cantor

This modern retelling of The Great Gatsby from the point of view of the story’s women adds a distnctly feminist bent to a tale of money and power, love and desire.

(Harper Perennial)


Atlas of the Heart

Atlas of the Heart book cover

by Brené Brown

From the bestselling author of Daring Greatly, an inquisitive and satisfying look at the emotions and experiences that define what it is to be human.

(Random House)

The Sleep Fix

The Sleep Fix book cover

by Diane Macedo

From the renowned ABC News anchor and insomniac comes an actionable book on how to get better sleep — and let’s face it, that’s something we can all use.

(William Morrow)

Putting the Rabbit in the Hat

Putting the Rabbit in the Hat

by Brian Cox

From his troubled working-class childhood in Ireland to Hollywood sets and celebrity parties, the Succession star shares the highs and lows of his life and career.

(Grand Central)

Lost and Found

Lost and Found book cover

by Kathryn Schulz

In this meditative look at things we lose and gain in life, the Pulitzer Prize winner shares her experience meeting her future wife and grieving her father’s death.

(Random House)

You Don’t Know Us Negroes

You Don't Know Us Negroes

by Zora Neale Hurston

This first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the acclaimed Harlem Renaissance author affirms Toni Morrison’s belief that Hurston is “one of the greatest writers of our time.”


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