Titles to Lookout for….

Danielle Lazarin’s short story collection Back Talk (Penguin Books, 2/6) is a powerful and empathetic debut from an emerging talent.

Feel Free (Penguin Press, 2/6) collects Zadie Smith’s new and previously published essays on politics, books, culture, and her own life.

Kristin Hannah follows-up The Nightingale with The Great Alone (St. Martin’s Press, 2/6), an adventure story set in Alaska in 1974.

Finally, Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death (Knopf, 2/6) is an outstanding, incisively written memoir of trauma, and its near-misses, from the acclaimed Irish novelist.

“Sparkling, insightful, and honest.”

Both a semi-autobiographical novel and a love letter from the author to her younger self, this is the heartbreaking story of a magical, whimsical mother and the dark secrets she’s hiding–as they unfold before the eyes of her adoring eleven-year-old daughter.

Rosie Colored Glasses is now available on NetGalley!

Each month we spotlight key young adult titles, including:

• Te Carter, I Stop Somewhere (Feiwel & Friends, 2/27)

• Adrianne Finlay, Your One & Only* (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2/6)

• Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2/27)

• Shaun David Hutchinson, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza (Simon Pulse, 2/6)

• Richard Lawson, All We Can Do Is Wait (Razorbill, 2/6)

• Tricia Levenseller, Daughter of the Siren Queen (Feiwel & Friends, 2/27)

• Dana Mele, People Like Us (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2/27)

• Gena Showalter, Everlife (Harlequin Teen, 2/27)

• Amber Smith, Last to Let Go (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2/6)

Among titles sure to attract attention are:

• Amy Bloom, White Houses (Random House, 2/13)

• Paul Goldberg, The Château (Picador, 2/13)

• Matt Haig, How To Stop Time (Viking, 2/6)

• Tayari Jones, An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, 2/6)

• Meghan Kenny, The Driest Season (W. W. Norton & Company, 2/13)

• Ryan McIlvain, The Radicals (Hogarth, 2/13)

• Sigrid Nunez, The Friend (Riverhead Books, 2/6)

• Joyce Carol Oates, Beautiful Days: Stories (Ecco, 2/6)

• Scott O’Connor, A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories (Gallery/Scout Press, 2/13)

Among the new writers with the most anticipated first works of fiction in the early part of February:

• Joseph Cassara, The House of Impossible Beauties(Ecco, 2/6)

• Jasmin Darznik, Song of a Captive Bird (Ballantine Books, 2/13)

• Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry (Simon & Schuster, 2/6) – The first novel from the 2017 Whiting Award winner.

• Rhiannon Navin, Only Child (Knopf, 2/6)

• Mikkel Rosengaard, The Invention of Ana(Custom House, 2/13)

• Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Sadness Is a White Bird(Atria Books, 2/13)

• Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater(Grove Press, 2/13)

The big names with new books out in the first half of the month include:

• Janet Beard, The Atomic City Girls(Morrow, 2/6)

• Jordanna Max Brodsky, Olympus Bound (Orbit, 2/13) – The third in a series.

• Jane Harper, Force of Nature (Flatiron Books, 2/6)

• Lisa Gardner, Look for Me (Dutton, 2/6) – The follow-up to Find Her.

• James Grippando, A Death in Live Oak(Harper, 2/6)

• Jonathan Kellerman, Night Moves(Ballantine, 2/13)

• Sophie Kinsella, Surprise Me (The Dial Press, 2/13)

• John Lescroart, Poison(Atria Books, 2/13)

• Karen Perry, Girl Unknown (Henry Holt and Co., 2/6)

• Marissa Stapley,Things To Do When It’s Raining (Graydon House, 2/6)

• Tom Sweterlitsch, The Gone World (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2/6)

Prominent and notable authors with new nonfiction releases:

• Martin Amis, The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986-2017 (Knopf, 2/6)

• Ben Austen, High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing(Harper, 2/6)

• Francisco Cantú, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border (Riverhead Books, 2/6)

• Steve Coll, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Penguin Press, 2/6)

• Lanny Davis, The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency (Scribner, 2/6)

• Jason Hickel, The Divide: Global Inequality From Conquest to Free Markets(Norton, 2/13)

• Andrew Keen, How To Fix the Future (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2/6) -How to preserve human values in a digital world.

• Bryan Mealer,The Kings of Big Springs: God, Oil, and One Family’s Search for the American Dream* (Flatiron Books, 2/6) – A portrait of a family through three generations of boom and bust, by the author of Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

• T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America (Crown, 2/6)

• Kayleen Schaefer,Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship (Dutton, 2/6)