8 New(ish) Hardcovers for the New Year
Next to Last Stand by Craig Johnson
In the 16th entry of Johnson’s Longmire series, Walt finds himself on the trail of an art heist mystery from the past when a piece of a painting long thought to be destroyed and a shoebox full of cash are found in a deceased Veteran’s locker. Vintage Longmire, fans of the series rejoice!
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
Lovable schlub and O.A.S.I.S. savior Wade Watts returns in the sequel to the Sci-Fi smash hit Ready Player One. Set just days after the climax of the first novel, Watts has discovered a new, potentially dangerous Easter Egg within the game, and must solve one last scavenger hunt to save both of his worlds.
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
Transformed by the effects of a breathing session he participated in, James Nestor decided to focus on the power of correct breathing, specifically on how humanity has lost this knowledge over time. His hope is that the reader will be affected by the reawakening of this knowledge through breathing practice and insight, benefiting both both body and soul.
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song Edited by Kevin Young
$45.00 Hardcover (Library of America #333)
This Library of America anthology explores the trajectory of African American storytelling from the late 1700s to the present day. As Editor Kevin Young notes, this anthology seeks to amend and expand the record of Black Literature, seeking to be as inclusive as possible while recognizing that the expansive depth of Black vernacular traditions cannot be summated in one anthology alone.
The Quiet Americans by Scott Anderson
Scott Anderson digs deep into the archives, exploring the more hidden aspects of Cold War espionage and the darker activities of the CIA during the lengthy period of murky conflict pitting Communist Russia (and proxies) against the West. Focusing on four specific operatives, this is a fascinating dive into a conflict that ripples through geopolitics to this day.
Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen $27.00 Hardcover
A memoir-in-essays, Carry is a brutal, soul-baring reflection on surviving as an Indigenous woman in America. The staggering volume of vitriol and violence experienced by Jensen, both blatant and veiled, is important for everyone to be aware of so that it can be combated.
Perestroika In Paris by Jane Smiley $26.95 Hardcover
An unexpected friendship between an escaped racehorse and a Parisian dog provides the foundation for Jane Smiley’s novel interpretation of the buddy-buddy adventure story. A witty take on the pursuit of freedom, Smiley’s work will have you smiling. The perfect escape for troubling times.
Memorial by Bryan Washington $27.00 Hardcover
Benson and Mike, a young couple living in Houston, know their relationship is ‘good’, but is that good enough? What exactly their relationship provides or signifies however, is harder to pin down. The debut novel from Bryan Washington is heartfelt, heartbreaking, and a refreshingly honest look at what we seek and find in our relationships.
Reviews by Joel
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