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According to Amazon’s book editors, the best new books to read in January include picks from Colleen Hoover, Nita Prose, and Xochitl Gonzalez.
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Amazon’s book editors picked their top 10 new books to read in January 2022.
This month’s books include a unique murder mystery and a memoir from Roseanne Barr’s daughter.
For more book recommendations, check out the best books of 2021, according to Goodreads.
January often means fresh beginnings, and diving into a brand new book is a great way to start the year off right. To help, Amazon’s book editors picked the 10 best new books to read this month.
There’s something for everyone, from a historical fiction book that spans three centuries to a contemporary novel on the complexity of a close female friendship. Other titles include a memoir from Roseanne Barr’s daughter and a new book from New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.
Here are the 10 best new books to read in January, according to Amazon’s editors:
Descriptions are provided by Amazon and edited lightly for clarity.
Molly, a maid working in a New York hotel, discovers notorious — and very wealthy — guest Charles Black dead in his bed. This is a problem for any number of reasons, not least of which is that it offends Molly’s sense of order, which is what leads her to clean Black’s room immediately, and inadvertently propel her to the top of the suspect list.
Guileless, earnest, and determined, the bulk of this charming and propulsive novel is watching Molly — as vulnerable as a toddler on train tracks — hunt down the real killer. — Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor
Olga is a successful wedding planner to the rich and soon-to-be-famous and her brother Pietro is a congressman. Both have come a long way from their Brooklyn childhood when they were abandoned by their mother, a radical Puerto Rican activist. But when Hurricane Maria strikes, Olga and Pietro are forced to confront their past and their futures.
In “Olga Dies Dreaming” there are family secrets, grievances, and the feeling of being caught between two worlds, which Xochitl Gonzalez renders with such clarity and zeal that it’s nearly impossible to not read this in one sitting. — Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor
To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara is a completely immersive and downright extraordinary story of men and women, lovers and friends, grandparents and grandchildren, that spans three different time periods (1893, 1993, 2093). It’s easy to fall in step rooting for these characters who at times try to defy their legacy and other times try to uphold it.
The novel calls to mind David Mitchell with a dash of Edith Wharton, and something new altogether, resulting in another triumphant work of fiction by the author of A Little Life. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor
Coming of age in southern California, Fiona and Jane’s lives diverge when the former heads to New York after college. Gone are the heady days of getting drunk on soju at a strip mall Korean bar — blunting the rough edges of their disparate but equally complex adolescences, and occasionally getting them into the kind of trouble that only serves to strengthen their bond. It’s a good thing, because the mettle of their relationship will be tested.
Told in alternating voices, Jean Chen Ho’s tale of two Taiwanese Americans captures the comedy, the tragedy, and the love story that is unique to close female friendships. —Erin Kodicek, Amazon Editor
Every aspect of “Reminders of Him” feels heightened because it’s not just a romance novel and it’s not just an angst-filled forgiveness and redemption story. It’s not a heartrending epistolary novel written to a lost love. And it’s not even a what’s-best-for-the-child kitchen sink drama, though that’s how the first three story arcs intersect. It’s an honest-to-God, wet eyelashes, lump-in-throat (twice!), mix of all four.
You will laugh, you will cry, you will have a new appreciation for orange F-150 trucks. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor
It is perhaps a sign of the pandemic times that there are so many books on trauma in the marketplace. Bessel van der Kolk’s “The Body Keeps the Score,” a pioneering work many consider to be the trauma bible, is back on bestseller lists eight years after it was originally published, a testament to the healing power of its insights (and the power of TikTok).
Just as groundbreaking, Galit Atlas’s “Emotional Inheritance” illuminates the ways in which the unresolved traumas of our forebearers can unwittingly be transferred to future generations. Insightful and fascinating, it’s a profound cautionary tale about the perils of trying to wall off emotional wounds. —Erin Kodicek, Amazon Editor
Jenny Pentland is the daughter of Roseanne Barr, but from the book jacket you’d never know. And that’s the way it should be, as “This Will Be Funny Later” is less about being Roseanne’s Daughter than it is about growing up in a complicated family that was suddenly forced into the intense spotlight of fame and its trappings.
While Pentland has had her share of struggles, she never comes across as bitter, and it’s easy to root for her as she manages a quieter existence on a farm raising five sons, and hoping she gets her happy ending. —Sarah Gelman, Amazon Editor
“Real Easy” is a tightly wound thriller anchored around the Lovely Lady strip club and the tenacious yet vulnerable women who dance there night after night regardless of the danger lurking in the shadows. Some of these women will die at the hands of a serial killer and one will discover the horrible truth. But regardless of their outcome, readers come away knowing each woman intimately: What drives them, what they fear, and who they love.
“Real Easy” does something rare and special in a mystery: It tingles your spine and touches your heart. — Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
Joan is a narrator I could read forever. She’s naïve, unfiltered, intensely dedicated to her job as a New York City ICU doctor, whip-smart, wry, and views the world differently than most. And there are many reasons for that: She’s a Chinese-American; her wealthy brother is constantly trying to get her to move to Connecticut; her mother is returning to the states, and her father just died. How will she cope with it all?
Weike Wang not only meets this pandemic moment with a story of identity and isolation, but she does so with bright comedy and care. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor
Anyone who has seen the television series “Fargo” (which Noah Hawley created and writes) or who has read his previous novels (particularly his last book “Before the Fall“) knows that he is a unique talent. He is also a deep thinker. In “Anthem,” a pandemic of mass suicide among young people is the jumping-off point for the story — and in the end, it is young people who will take their future into their own hands.
You will recognize much in terms of people and issues here, but you will also be pulled into an adventure that only a few authors could write so well. – Chris Schluep, Amazon Editor
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