by Hugo Hamilton
The narrator of this book is a book: a battered first edition of Rebellion
by Joseph Roth (1924). The accumulation of readers over the years have brought it into being. From its narrow survival in a Nazi book burning in 1933 Berlin to the present day where a cryptic map drawn in the back intrigues its latest owner, it has quite the story to tell. There’s a quest and stories of persecution, exile, censorship, and, of course, love. Put together it makes for an incredibly relevant and emotionally satisfying story with a reminder of the enduring lives of books.
New & Upcoming
This is a great month to pick up something new such as buzzy debuts like Greenwich Park
by Katherine Faulkner, a thriller about impending motherhood, unreliable friendship and the high cost of secrets. Or perhaps The Violin Conspiracy
by Brendan Slocumb, a mystery about a Black classical violinist whose priceless violin is stolen. Nonfiction readers should check out The Last Slave Ship
, the story of the Clothilda, the last ship that carried enslaved people to America. Library Journal calls it “An absolutely essential book.”
Check this Out
Start the new year with some new to you authors. Check out this list of outstanding 2021 and 2022 debuts.
What We’re Reading
by Steven Rowley
This audiobook is a total delight. Read by the author, who captures the voice of GUP (that stands for Gay Uncle Patrick) in perfect tones, this is the story of a former sitcom star whose quiet life in Palm Springs is disrupted by the arrival of his niece and nephew for a summer stay. The children are dealing with the recent death of their mother (Patrick’s best friend) so there is sadness and grief here, but it is combined with warmth, love, and laugh out loud humor in just the right amounts. You will find yourself laughing through tears as you listen, loving every single minute. If you need a pick me up or a comforting, lighthearted listen, this is the book for you.
For More Reading Suggestions:
- The 50 Most Anticipated books of 2022 from Oprah Daily
- The Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2022 from CrimeReads
- 62 Books by Women of Color to read in 2022 from ElectricLit
- 24 Must Read 2022 books in Translation from BookRiot
- January 2022 Earphones Awards from Audiofile